Hill Open Space Preserve,
Marin County Open Space District,
Hour long hike through woods to grassy hills overlooking adjacent open spaces.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 2.3 mile out and back hike includes about 500 feet of elevation gain, on the first leg of the trip. It's easy.
More sun than shade.
Dirt trails and fire road.
Nice any time.
From US 101 in Marin County, exit Sir Francis Drake/San Anselmo. Drive northwest on Sir Francis Drake about 6 miles, to Fairfax. Continue on Sir Francis Drake, and from the last Fairfax traffic light (at Oak Manor Drive), proceed about 1.2 miles. Just past the road to Bothin Camp on the left, look for roadside parking. (It's safer to park on the southbound side than it is to park on the northbound side and cross the road on foot.) There's a sizable turnout on the right, and if traffic is light, you may be able to carefully make a U-turn. If not, continue on Sir Francis Drake about 0.8 mile to San Geronimo Road and turn around there.
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, gas, restaurants, and pay phones in Fairfax. No camping.
A few side-of-the-road spots on busy Sir Francis Drake. No parking or entrance fees. No restrooms, water, or maps. No designated handicapped parking, and there is no trail access for wheelchairs. There is no direct public transportation to this preserve. Golden Gate Transit buses stop at Glen Drive, but it is not a safe walk along the road to the preserve.
Dogs are permitted on leash. Trails are multi-use.
The Official Story:
MCOSD's White Hill page
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Download the White Hill map from MCOSD.
Trails of Northeast Marin County (map) is a great guide to White Hill (available from Pease Press).
Open Spaces: Lands of the Marin County Open Space District, by Barry Spitz (order this book from Amazon.com) has a simple map and good trail descriptions.
Hiking Marin by Don and Kay Martin (order this book from Amazon.com) has a good map of the southern section and a suggested hike.
The Bay Area Ridge Trail, by Jean Rusmore (order this book from Amazon.com), has a decent map and descriptions of the Ridge Trail segment though the preserve.
White Hill in a nutshell -- a printable, text-only guide to the featured hike.
View photos from this hike.
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Hill Open Space Preserve, roughly shaped
like the letter C, arches from Sir Francis Drake south to Cascade Canyon
Open Space Preserve. Gary Giacomini Open Space Preserve abuts the preserve
about half way through the parcel, on the west side. Unfortunately there
is no (legal) route from the north to the south or western sections of
the property, a shame since it's a break in what could be a continuous
open space trail network, reaching from Big Rock Ridge all the way to
the Marin Headlands. As it is, trails through the southern part of White
Hill are a nice adjunct to Cascade Canyon and Giacomini
Open Space Preserve hikes, and the northern trails offer a short but
pleasant climb to a grassy ridge with expansive views.