Little Mountain Preserve

214 acres of open space just west of the city of Novato.

Rangers Recommend

  • Enjoy mostly flat trails with gentle switchbacks easing the incline.
  • Doe Hill Fire Road is an important link in the Bay Area Ridge Trail, an 8-mile route connecting Olompali State Park to the top of Indian Tree Preserve.
  • Little Mountain is also adjacent to Verissimo Hills Preserve, as well as Novato's O'Hair Park and North Marin Water District lands
  • Dogs are welcome. Dogs must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • Oak-studded grasslands grow on the southern slope. The heavily forested north slope drops off steeply to Novato Boulevard, providing wildland habitat.
  • Red-tailed hawks hunt the grassland on the south slope, Red-shouldered hawks hunt the dense forest on the north side.
  • Deer and foxes make their homes here.
  • Find lupine and other wildflowers blooming in spring.
  • During spring and summer look for western tiger swallowtail butterflies along the ridge.
  • 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.