Venetia Marsh Open Space Preserve,
Marin County Open Space District,
1.2 mile flat loop around a San Rafael marsh.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
The single trail is flat, and this 1.2 mile loop hike is very easy.
Under an hour.
Nice any time.
From US 101 in Marin County, exit North San Pedro Road. Drive east on North San Pedro Road about 2 miles, then turn left on Vendola. Drive about 0.1 mile on Vendola and park near the open space gate on the left.
Get driving or public transit directions from Transit and Trails:
GPS coordinates* for trailhead:
(* based on Google Earth data, shown as degrees, minutes, seconds)
Gas, food, and lodging:
Stores, pay phones, restaurants and gas back toward US 101 on North San Pedro Road. No camping.
Side of the road parking at the edge of a residential neighborhood. No parking or entrance fees. No drinking water, restrooms, maps, or designated handicapped parking. The single trail is flat, and when dry it could be navigable by wheelchair. Golden Gate Transit bus #34 stops on North San Pedro Road, a short distance from the trailhead.
Trail is multi-use. Dogs are permitted on leash.
The Official Story:
MCOSD's Santa Venetia page
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Download the park map pdf from MCOSD.
Trails of Northeast Marin County (map), published by Pease Press is a great guide to Santa Venetia Marsh.
Open Spaces: Lands of the Marin County Open Space District, by Barry Spitz (order this book from Amazon.com) has a simple map and trail descriptions.
Santa Venetia Marsh in a nutshell -- a printable, text-only guide to the featured hike.
View photos from this hike.
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so much bayfront open space in northern San Rafael, Santa
Venetia Marsh largely escapes public notice. Tucked back in a residential
neighborhood, the preserve lacks the facilities and extensive wildlife
viewing opportunities of nearby Las Gallinas and
China Camp, and offers only a single 1.20
mile levee loop trail. The flat path is a good choice for a morning run
or daily dog trot, but unless you live nearby I doubt you'd want to make
a special trip to Santa Venetia Marsh.