Indian Valley Preserve

A 558-acre preserve wrapping around the College of Marin's Indian Valley campus.

Rangers Recommend

  • Forest shade will keep you cool in summer. The Ad and Gloria Schwindt Trail offers a pleasant loop through oak and bay forests. Or take trails that traverse the north slope above the valley.
  • Waterfall Trail leads to a beautiful rainy season cascade.
  • Black oaks on Alexander Trail (hikers only) provide fall color.
  • Dogs welcome and must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • Near the beginning of the Indian Valley Fire Road, just past the college baseball fields, is a small pond with a surprising array of amphibians, including western toads, tree frogs, and newts.
  • Listen for birdsong. This is a warbler paradise.
  • Check out the iNaturalist field guide. Add your own observations.

Activities

biking
Bike
dog on leash
Dogs On Leash
dog voice
Dogs Voice Control
fishing
Fish
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. Make sure dogs do not enter the pond.
  • 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.