Pacheco Valle Preserve

An undeveloped 519-acre refuge surrounding Pacheco Creek.

Rangers Recommend

  • Take Chicken Shack Fire Road (3.2 miles) for a steep uphill climb to Big Rock Ridge. Travel through classic oak woodlands that open to views of Mount Burdell and Mount Tam.
  • Rugged quarter-mile Pacheco Creek Trail leads to a lovely seasonal waterfall.
  • The preserve is adjacent to Loma Verde Preserve, Ignacio Valley Preserve, and Marinwood open space lands that comprise 3000 contiguous open space acres.
  • Trailheads at lower elevations connect through Marinwood via the Pacheco Multiuse Pathway.
  • Dogs are welcome. Dogs must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • Marin's tallest manzanita, arctosaphylos, are abundant on some slopes..
  • See a variety of graceful old oaks here, including coast live oak, black oak, and valley oak.
  • This lightly travelled preserve provides habitat for coyote, deer, bobcat, and other wildlife.
  • 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.