When viewed from southbound Highway 101, the forested slopes of San Pedro Ridge form an impressive backdrop to the Marin County Civic Center. The north-facing slopes of this preserve (358 acres) are heavily forested with a mixture of oaks, bays, and madrones; there are even a few small pockets of redwoods in the upper canyons. Near the top are open patches of grasslands that are dotted with wildflowers each spring. To reach the top of this ridge requires steep uphill climbs no matter which route you choose, but the views are well worth the effort. The trails and fire roads in this preserve connect to the adjacent Henry Barbier Park (owned by the city of San Rafael) and to China Camp State Park.
From Hwy 101 in San Rafael, take the N San Pedro Rd exit east on N San Pedro Rd and turn right at Woodoaks Dr. Trailhead is at the end.
Visit walkbikemarin.org, transitandtrails.org, 511.org, or dial 511 to find out about alternative transportation and public transit options from your location.
The clearings along the fire road on this ridge are great places for butterflies, but keep your eyes scanning the sky: Golden Eagles are seen here all year.