Recommended Walks

Sorich Park:
This trail to Rock Fort is a third of a mile each way and involves a 200’ climb. Bikes and horses are not permitted, but dogs are allowed off leash if they are under voice command. It is a favorite for families with small children.

From the parking lot at 80’ elevation, walk back down the driveway past the Sorich Park sign. Water, trash cans, and doggie bags are available here. Walk into the redwood grove. On your left are some shady picnic tables, ideal for lunch on a hot day. Just beyond is a memorial to John Walters, long active in open space issues in San Anselmo. John grew from seed the row of redwoods on your right. At .05 miles is a junction in some big rocks. The trail to the right leads to the picnic arbor. Turn left to the signed Dean Nyberg Trail (constructed by Eagle Scout Liam Hughes and your Open Space Committee, in honor of a former Parks Director). Cross the bridge and start a series of five switchbacks up the hillside. Please stay on the trail and avoid the cutoffs to minimize erosion. At .22 miles, just past a pretty boulder on the right, is the final switchback. Follow a long traverse back across the hill, giving views of Mount Tamalpais, Red Hill, and Sunny Hills Ridge across the valley. At .32 miles you reach the high point of the trail at 270’ and descend into a lovely grove at .33 miles. On your left are some ancient buckeyes that are covered with very fragrant flowers in early spring. A spectacular circle of immense rocks lies just below, shaded by a giant buckeye and a bay tree. Inside the rocks is a secluded space, once enclosed by a rock wall that gave the place its name – a great spot for a lunch or a meditation. Do not go down the trail directly below the fort, as it is steep and has been heavily eroded.

Faudé Park:
This trail is a half mile each way and involves a 250’ climb. It is not difficult for families in reasonable shape. It has great views, wildflowers in the spring, and is dog-friendly. It is not suitable for bikes or horses.

Starting at the signed south entrance at Alderney and Oakland (100’ elevation), cross the bridge and go up the stairs. At .08 miles is a junction; continue on the main trail to the right. At .15 miles turn left at the stepped junction and continue up the new trail built by the Friends of Faudé Park. At .21 miles you come to the end of Faudé Fire Road. Go a few steps to the left to admire the view of downtown San Anselmo, the Castle, and Red Hill. Turn around and continue north on the fire road. The South Summit is at 306’ elevation. Cross a wide saddle and start up again. At .34 miles turn left on a major trail that comes out on top of “D” Hill at 330’. Admire the view of San Anselmo, Mount Tamalpais, Drake High School, and Bald Hill. The ridge to the right of Bald Hill is the Bald Hill Preserve, another of our open space acquisitions. The large hills in the distance beyond Fairfax are Pine Mountain - the second highest point in Marin - and White’s Hill. Continue north to a wye at .39 miles. The trail to the left goes to the west entrance at Wood Court; straight ahead ends at the North Summit. Turn right to return to the fire road and descend to the north entrance at .50 miles and 275’ elevation

Alternative return routes: If you’re tired of climbing hills, double back down the trail on your right .06 miles to the end of Oakland Avenue and walk down the road to your car. If you’re feeling more adventurous, walk back up the fire road only 100’ to a trail descending through the meadow on the left. This trail is unimproved and narrower. Beware of poison oak. Contour south through some pretty forest until you reach the stepped junction you passed on the way up, then continue down the steps to your car.

Kite Hill:
This trail is a half mile each way and is relatively level. It has great views, wildflowers in the spring, and is dog-friendly. It is suitable for bikes and can be part of a loop from Sleepy Hollow. As it is an easy hilltop hike in which your car does all the hill-climbing, it’s a favorite sunset stroll or for walking off a meal.

From the entrance at #170 Oak Springs Road (650’ elevation), walk up the driveway (respect the owner’s privacy and property) and continue up the fire road. At .08 miles is a small junction. Turn right and walk a few feet to the summit of the small hilltop on your right (715’) for the views of Sleepy Hollow and much of central Marin. San Pablo Bay is visible, as are downtown San Rafael and the towers of San Francisco in the distance. Return to the fire road and turn right. From this point, you are on private land, but the owner has agreed to allow public access. Continue north on the fire road. At .21 miles is a shady grove of bay trees beside the road on your left. This is a great lunch spot on a hot day – but watch for poison oak. Continue north to the MMWD water tank at .38 miles. On the right is some nice rock art. Descend to a gate at .47 miles. The road continues straight ahead to connect with Stuyvesant Drive, which descends into Sleepy Hollow. Return the way you came.

Bald Hill Preserve:
This trail is 1.10 miles each way and involves a 500’ climb. It is not difficult for families in reasonable shape, but might be too much for small children. Part of the trail is in the sun and can be hot in warm weather. As always, take water. It is closed to bikes but horses are allowed. Dogs should be on leash.

From Deer Park, walk around the school to the soccer field and turn left to the signed Deer Park Trail at 200’ elevation. The trail climbs through three long switchbacks to the Worn Springs Fire Road at .89 miles and 535’ elevation. Admire the views of Lagunitas Watershed and Mount Tamalpais. Turn right onto the Fire Road. The preserve is the land on the left side of the fire road. Climb to the high point of the ridge at 1.10 miles and 700’ elevation for spectacular 360° views. A meadow on your left is a good spot for a picnic. San Anselmo and San Rafael lay below, backed by San Rafael Ridge and San Pedro Mountain, with San Pablo Bay beyond.

Alternative return route: A scenic and easy return route is to continue east on the fire road. At 1.28 miles Buckeye Trail cuts off sharply on your right. Turn right to return to the Deer Park Trail for a total hike of about 2½ miles.