Lucas Valley Preserve – On a Clear Day You Can See Forever

Join us for a hike led by Michael Landram in the Marin County Lucas Valley Open Space Preserve in Lucas Valley. We’ll visit Big Rock Ridge, the second highest point in Marin County.  The views north into the Novato Watershed and south to San Francisco are to die for! 

Trailhead: This hike requires a car shuttle.  We’ll meet at the tennis courts at 53 Creekside Drive, Lucas Valley-Marinwood.  We’ll leave half the cars there.  We’ll drive the other cars to the Big Rock trailhead located at the watershed divide on Lucas Valley Rd., where the hike begins.  Hikers that wish to go part way up and back should meet us there.

Route: This hike goes up the Big Rock Trail, across the Redwood Canyon and Big Rock Fire Roads, and down the Luiz Fire Road.  The hike starts at an altitude of 630 feet and climbs to a high point of 1,875 feet on Big Rock Ridge before descending to the tennis courts at 210 feet.  Total distance is about 6.5 miles horizontal or 8 miles adjusted for slope.  We’ll plan 4 hours for this hike.  Think twice before signing up for the entire length; it is a long way and especially steep coming down.

Preserve Map: http://www.marincounty.org/~/media/Images/Departments/PK/Open%20Space/Lucas%20Valley/LucasValley033113.pdf

Gear: Bring water, lunch, sturdy footwear, and weather appropriate clothing (it is usually windy on top)

Weather: Rain does not cancel

See you there!

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  • Bebe

    Michael, Thanks for the hike. The views were nice. Bebe

    October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really enjoyed the hike and meeting everyone. Michael our group leader was very knowledgeable and informative about Marin County and commented along the way as we were looking at different vistas.
    Big Rock Ridge is one of my favorite spots in Marin because it is one of the highest summits and with with panoramic views.

    October 22, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Thanks everyone. Great group!

    October 21, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you, Michael. Really great photos too !!

      October 21, 2013

  • Mumi P.

    Hi, just to let everyone know that Cirilla is fine and she made it home safe and sound. Thanks everyone

    2 · October 20, 2013

  • Andy

    I want to make sure Cirilla and her +1 made it back to the trailhead. I know they turned back at some point, but when a few of us headed back to pick up the cars, we thought we saw Cirilla's car still parked at Big Rock. Can anyone confirm they made it back okay?

    October 20, 2013

    • Mumi P.

      Hi, Cirilla and I made it to the top but on our way down I got heat stroke and got very sick and fell. I busted a knee. I was driven down to the cars by a park ranger but Cirilla refused to get a ride. We were slow but determined. She said she had people to pick her up. I just remember she gave me henr number and I will call her and let you know.

      October 20, 2013

    • John K.

      Michael and I checked big rock and all the cars were gone so everyone is accounted for.

      October 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Enjoyed this beautiful hike ! Particularly appreciated Michael's knowledge of the area. Will be back. Day hikes only for me

    October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Fun to hike with you today , Brigitte, as we "skated/slid" down down down! Fun. ESP when we got to the bottom!!!

      October 20, 2013

  • Andy

    Great hike; great to see so many new faces.

    October 20, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Loved your doggie! Napping away by now...

      October 20, 2013

  • Brigitte D.

    Great hike! Thank you, Michael.

    October 20, 2013

  • Cheryl B.

    Have to drop out today, so sorry to miss it, back problems, see you all next time!

    October 20, 2013

  • Bebe

    I need to leave my car at the tennis courts as I may need to go to work later. Thanks

    October 20, 2013

  • Bruce

    Unfortunately my cranky Hamstring is not up for this Hike and I am going to have to find something less physical to do Today. Hope you all have a delightful hike.

    October 20, 2013

  • Su J.

    I'm going to miss this hike. Have a wonderful hike everyone.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Kathleen E.

    Got poison oak on a 5 mile hike last weekend, cauliflower ear, swollen neck. Look forward to next time.

    October 19, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    I've got an awful cold and will not be able to attend. I was really looking forward to this hike.

    October 19, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Will miss seeing you , my fellow Wanderer

      October 19, 2013

    • Moira B.

      Oh i am so sorry Arlene. I hope you get well - and back on the teail - fast !

      October 19, 2013

  • Madeline M.

    I've changed my RSVP. Have a great hike! Hope to join you next time.

    1 · October 19, 2013

  • Moira B.

    Are well-behaved leashed dogs allowed?

    October 18, 2013

    • Michael L.

      Hi Moira. Yes, leashed dogs are allowed. C U

      October 18, 2013

    • Moira B.

      Thank you! See you Sunday

      October 18, 2013

  • Brigitte D.

    Petaluma carpool leaving Lucky's promptly at 9:25 AM.

    October 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thank you, Brig. I was just about to call you. I'll be there! New trail, new group, all good!

      October 18, 2013

  • Hampton (.

    WOULD LOVE TO JOIN YOU ALL, BUT I'M GOING TO THE SUNDAY MATINEE OF "BRIGADOON" JUST BAD TIMING!

    October 17, 2013

  • Rochelle

    Did the hike today- beautiful! We'll see how the knees hold up for Sun!

    October 17, 2013

  • Kathleen E.

    Good idea, Michael, I am happy to contribute.

    October 17, 2013

  • Michael L.

    I have this idea that we should not continue to let John Kelly pay all the expenses for this group. I'm asking each of you (especially the frequent hikers) to bring some extra bucks which I'll collect to offset John's costs. Forecast is sunny, 77 degree high, 10 mph wind. I'm excited! See you there.

    2 · October 17, 2013

  • Kathleen E.

    Madeline, I'm planning to do the whole hike, but slowly. I hiked 5 miles last weekend so I think I can make it, but not at the group's pace. I expect to catch up at lunchtime, but then finish maybe a half hour behind.--Kathleen

    October 16, 2013

    • Madeline M.

      You're a trouper, Kathleen. I don't think I can make the whole trip, but thanks for letting me know.

      October 16, 2013

  • Madeline M.

    Is anyone thinking of going part way? That's all I can consider at this time.

    October 15, 2013

  • Rochelle

    1st Timer- Looking forward to it!

    2 · October 13, 2013

  • Bruce

    After our wonderful group hike in the sierra"s this might be a "slight" letdown. Lol. Actually, been wanting to do this hike since this trail opened. Should be fun. Note to self, wear orange.

    October 3, 2013

  • Hampton (.

    Wish I could go but out of town visiting my son in Carlsbad

    October 2, 2013

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