Camino Alto Preserve

A Mill Valley neighborhood preserve in the foothills of Mount Tam

Rangers Recommend

  • The well-forested, west facing slope provides shady access to the ridge.
  • The preserve's fire roads are popular with hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians, offering relatively level routes along a ridge with views of San Francisco and Mount Tam.
  • Middle Summit Fire Road rises steeply in the north of the preserve, connecting with Blithedale Summit Preserve and points beyond.
  • Stop to enjoy the view of horses grazing on nearby Horse Hill.
  • Dogs are welcome. Must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • The preserve's 170 acres hold a variety of habitats, including grasslands, bay/oak woodlands, and stands of redwood and Douglas fir. Look for coast live oaks growing close to roads and trails.
  • Rockrose blooms bright pink in early summer.
  • To protect sensitive wildlife species, some areas of Camino Alto Preserve are subject to seasonal night closures. Observe road and trail closure signs.
  • Check out the iNaturalist field guide. Add your own observations.

Activities

biking
Bike
dog on leash
Dogs On Leash
dog voice
Dogs Voice Control
hiking
Hike
horse
Horseback Riding

Know Before You Go

  • Stay on roads and trails to preserve sensitive ecosystems and to avoid trespassing on private property.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Trails can be muddy during the rainy season.
  • Bring water.
  • There are no restrooms at this location.
  • Steer clear of poison oak.
  • After an outing, check for ticks.