|Old St. Hilary's
Open Space Preserve,
Marin County Open Space District,
1 mile loop on a grassy ridge with million dollar views of the bay and San Francisco.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 1 mile loop hike is easy, with about 75 feet in elevation change.
Dirt fire roads and trails.
Less than 1 hour.
From US 101 in Marin County, exit Tiburon Boulevard. Drive east about 3.5 miles, and turn left on Lyford Drive. Drive about 0.8 mile uphill, and bear left on Sugarloaf (Lyford ends to the right, and another access gate to the preserve is visible). Drive 0.1 mile more, and turn right onto Heathcliff. Continue a short distance to the end of the road.
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:
Gas, pay phone, stores, and restaurants a few miles east or west on Tiburon Boulevard. No camping.
Side of the road parking in a residential neighborhood. No parking or entrance fees. No maps, or toilet facilities. No designated handicapped parking, and trails are not wheelchair accessible. There is no direct public transportation to the preserve, but Golden Gate Transit's #10 bus runs on Tiburon Boulevard, and you could walk uphill to the preserve from there.
Trails are multi-use. Dogs are permitted on leash on trails; off leash under voice command on fire roads. Dog owners must have a leash for each dog.
The Official Story:
MCOSD's Old St. Hilary's page
MCOSD field office 415-499-6405
Map Choices/More Info:
Download the pdf map from the MCOSD website.
Barry Spitz's Open Spaces has a simple map and preserve descriptions (order this book from Amazon.com).
Don and Kay Martin's Hiking Marin has a useful map of the preserve and the surrounding area (order this book from Amazon.com).
View 28 photos from this hike.
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million dollar views enjoyed by Tiburon peninsula residents
can be yours too, during the time you spend at Old St. Hilary's Open Space
Preserve. Expansive vistas of San Francisco, the Golden Gate Bridge, Angel
Island, and the Marin Headlands make Old St. Hilary's a must for folks
searching for the perfect picnic spot with a view. This small parcel of
ridgetop grassland, just 117 acres, is an enclave for spring wildflowers
(common and rare), and the trails provide great exercise for locals and