Redwoods Open Space Preserve,
Marin County Open Space District,
0.7 mile loop hike through ancient redwoods off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, near San Geronimo.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 0.7 mile loop hike is easy. Trailhead elevation is around 400 feet. The preserve's high point is around 1400 feet. A few out-and-back trails have the biggest climbs, but you can avoid extensive elevation changes on the Loop Trail, or on a short trek into the redwood groves.
Less than 1 hour.
Best in late winter and early spring.
From US 101 in Marin County, exit San Anselmo/Sir Francis Drake. Drive west on Sir Francis Drake about 11 miles to Nicasio Valley Road. Turn right and drive about 0.4 mile. Look for the open space gate on the right and park on the side 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 back east in Fairfax. For breakfast before, or lunch after a hike, I recommend Two Bird Cafe on San Geronimo Valley Drive in San Geronimo (visible from Sir Francis Drake). No camping.
Substantial roadside parking. No entrance or parking fees. No maps, drinking water, or designated handicapped parking. Pit toilets inside the preserve. There is no direct public transportation to the preserve, but Golden Gate Transit bus #23 services San Geronimo Valley Drive. From there you could walk about 0.5 mile to the trailhead.
One trail is multi-use. The other trails are open to equestrians and hikers only. 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 Roy's Redwoods page.
MCOSD field office 415-499-6405
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Download the preserve map pdf from MCOSD.
Redwood Hikes has a great map and descriptions of this preserve, with gorgeous photos.
Barry Spitz's Open Spaces (order this book from Amazon.com)
Don and Kay Martin's Hiking Marin (order this book from Amazon.com) has a good map and preserve descriptions.
View photos from this hike.
Go to Bay Area Hiker Home page
Redwoods is a perfect choice when you
want an easy ramble through some old growth redwoods. This preserve, which
was acquired by MCOSD in 1978, has an unusual (for this part of Marin)
small virgin stand of redwoods, with none of the tourist atmosphere you
must put up with at, say, Muir Woods. The preserve is small, there are
more extensive stands of redwoods elsewhere in the bay area, and Roy's
is frequently overlooked in favor of the other parks in the immediate
vicinity, Samuel P. Taylor, Loma
Alta, and Gary Giacomini. Although Roy's
seems to be primarily used by local equestrians, joggers, and dogwalkers,
hikers can find pleasant loop and out-and-back treks here. A connection
to adjacent Maurice Thorner Memorial Open Space
Preserve made in September 2000 allows outdoor enthusiasts to stretch hikes out of Roy's and through Thorner,
which is particularly delightful in spring.
Total distance: 0.74 mile