Terra Linda / Sleepy Hollow Preserve

A horseshoe-shaped preserve covering the ridges above Santa Margarita Valley.

Rangers Recommend

  • These 1172 acres surround several San Rafael residential communities.
  • On a clear day, see Mount Tamalpais and Big Rock Ridge from Terra Linda Ridge Fire Road.
  • Cemetery Fire Road leads to historic Mt. Tamalpais Cemetery, established in 1880.
  • Stands of non-native blue gum eucalyptus date back to the 1870s.
  • Dogs are welcome. Dogs must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.
  • This preserve connects with Mission Pass Bike Path.

Naturalist Notes

  • Travel alongside coyote brush, valley oak, coast live oak, and California bay trees.
  • Find festive red toyon berries in December. Buckwheat flowers in summer.
  • Look up, raptors are common. Golden eagles have been spotted here.
  • The Springs Hill area (north of Terra Linda) has a scattering of exposed serpentine outcrops that support a variety of unusual plants.
  • 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.