Uplands Nature Preserve,
County of Marin Parks and Open Space,
0.7 mile loop hike in a heavily wooded preserve.
Distance, category, and difficulty:
This 0.7 mile loop hike is very easy. The loop climbs from about 100 feet, then descends back to the trailhead.
From US 101 in Marin County, exit Tiburon Boulevard. Drive east on Tiburon Boulevard through downtown Tiburon, where the road morphs into Paradise Drive. Continue on Paradise Drive to a pullout on the right, just past the signed Tiburon Uplands Nature Preserve, on the left (altogether it's about 6.5 miles from 101).
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 in Tiburon, or 6 miles north in Corte Madera on Paradise Drive. No camping.
A few roadside spots on each side of the road. No parking or entrance fees. No facilities or maps. No designated handicapped parking, and trail is not well-suited to wheelchairs. There is no direct public transportation to the preserve.
None posted, but standard Marin County parks and open space rules apply: no bikes, dogs on leash only, and preserve is open from dawn to dusk.
The Official Story:
County of Marin Parks and Open Space 415-499-6387
County of Marin Parks and Open Space (no specific info regarding the preserve is listed)
Use AAA's San Francisco Bay Region map to get there.
Download the Old St. Hilary's pdf map from the MCOSD website.
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 photos from this hike.
Uplands Nature Preserve is a tiny parcel tucked
into a canyon along a quiet stretch of Paradise Drive. One short loop
takes a hiker through dark forests of California bay and fern, exposed
stretches of chaparral, and small pockets of grassland. Although it's
small, the preserve is a great choice for a quick walk, or a leisurely
wildflower hike. You could combine a springtime visit to Tiburon Uplands
with treks at nearby Old St. Hilary's and Ring
Mountain Open Space Preserves, for a day of wildflower hunting on
the Tiburon peninsula.