Loma Verde Preserve

320-acre Loma Verde Preserve covers the northeast slope of Big Rock Ridge.

Rangers Recommend

  • Loma Verde, Ignacio Valley, Pacheco Valle, and Indian Valley preserves form a contiguous band of undisturbed open space encompassing virtually the entire northern slope of eastern Big Rock Ridge.
  • All access routes are strenuous, but uncommon natural beauty, spectacular views, and top-of-the-world solitude make the climb worthwhile.
  • Marvel at unbroken expanses of rugged chaparral and woodland, earning the name "green hill" in Spanish.
  • Travel through to Pacheco Valle and public lands managed by Lucas Valley Homeowners Association and Marinwood Community Services District–3,000 total acres of rugged open space.
  • Dogs are welcome. Dogs must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • Deep, difficult to access canyons provide haven for wildlife.
  • Sandstone slopes and ridges favor the growth of madrone trees. In winter, cedar waxwings, band tailed pigeons, hermit thrushes, and American robins flock to feast on red madrone berries.
  • Look for California sister butterflies along the forest edge.
  • Western skinks and alligator lizards hunt among the leaf litter.
  • Check out the iNaturalist field guide. Add your own observations.

Activities

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.