Indian Tree Preserve

Fields of ferns, mature redwood groves, and ridgeline vistas in Novato.

Rangers Recommend

  • Nicely graded Big Trees Trail lives up to its name. Ascend through stands of redwoods and mature woodlands that open up to scenic views of Stafford Lake.
  • There are plenty of options for day long treks. If you aim for the top, don't miss Ship’s Mast Trail, a forested traverse through a quiet redwood grove. On a clear day look for the outline of Mount Saint Helena at the edge of Lake County.
  • West wind breezes and north facing slopes cloaked in oak, bay, and madrone will keep you cool in summer.
  • A significant portion of the roads and trails in this 242-acre preserve are designated hiker/equestrian only, making it a popular spot for local horse riders.
  • Dogs are welcome. Dogs must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • Madrone berries and manzanita blossoms are abundant in winter.
  • Shooting stars and mission bells flower in spring.
  • Coyotes and bobcats have been spotted here.
  • 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 rainy season.
  • Bring water.
  • There are no restrooms at this location.
  • Steer clear of poison oak.
  • After an outing, check for ticks.