Rush Creek Roads and Trails

A proposal to improve roads and trails in Rush Creek Preserve.

UPDATED: FEBRUARY 26, 2021

Project Purpose

The purpose of the proposed project is to implement the MCOSD’s Road and Trail Management Plan (RTMP) to provide the public with a safe multi-use trail system to enhance the visitor experience, reduce the environmental impacts on sensitive resources by reducing sedimentation and erosion, and establish a sustainable system of roads and trails that meet design and management standards and would provide safe year-round access along the trail alignment.

Project Description Summary

The proposed project on the east side of Rush Creek Preserve would upgrade a hiking trail, realign a trail for multiuse, convert a trail segment from road to trail, improve equestrian trail access, and decommission a steep segment of trail to restore habitat. This proposed project was identified in 2017 during the collaborative Region 4 designation process. Features would include:

  • Upgrade an existing social trail to sustainable standards and designate it as hiking only;
  • Realign Blue Oak Trail for multiuse;
  • Decommission the steep road segment of Iron Gate Fire Road and restore habitat;
  • Convert the sustainable segment of Iron Gate Fire Road from road to trail;
  • Designate new trail for equestrians and hikers.

Project Objectives

Implementation of the proposed project would achieve the following project objectives:

  • Reduce the environmental impacts of the existing trail system;
  • Create a sustainable trail network;
  • Improve the visitor experience for all trail users;
  • Create an equestrian/hiker trail connection to the Novato Horseman’s horse arena;
  • Protect natural and cultural resources of the site.

Partners and Collaborators 

  • Novato Fire Department
  • Novato Horsemen, Inc.
  • Marin County Flood Control District
  • Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria
  • Marin County Bicycle Coalition
  • Open Space District Environmental Roundtable

Timeline

  • 2017: Identified during Region 4 Designation
  • 2017–20: Stakeholder engagement 
  • 2017–20: Project planning, including vegetation and wildlife assessments 
  • 2020–21: Prepare draft CEQA document for public review
  • 2021: Implement, if proposed project is approved