White Hill Preserve

A Marin summit holding a historic mystery.

Rangers Recommend

  • Blue Ridge Fire Road passes over the summit of White Hill at an elevation of 1,430 feet. Enjoy sweeping views, including the north side of Mount Tam.
  • The crash of a B-17 bomber in 1946 makes for intriguing history. Watch the calendar for a Mystery of White Hill ranger hike.
  • Wagon Wheel Trail travels through impressive stands of manzanita and chamise above steep, rocky slopes.
  • In spring, the picturesque landscape comes alive with native grasses and wildflowers sprouting among beautifully weathered stones.
  • White Hill Preserve links Loma Alta Preserve with Cascade Canyon Preserve, and Gary Giacomini Preserve.
  • Dogs are welcome. Dogs must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • California bay, coast live oak, toyon, sagebrush, and madrone grow along the trails.
  • Spring wildflowers include buckwheat, mule's ears, and monkeyflower.
  • Look for serpentine rocks and soil, and rare plants, at the higher elevations.
  • To protect sensitive wildlife species, some roads and trails are subject to seasonal night closures. Observe closure signs.
  • 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.