Halloween Comes Early This Year

Join us for a hike led by Michael Landram in the Marin County Ignacio Valley Open Space Preserve and Marinwood Open Space. This is the fourth in a monthly series of hikes traversing all of Novato in a counterclockwise pattern.  This hike straddles two watersheds with absolutely incredible views and sweeping panoramas way to the north and way to the south.

Trailhead: Meet at the end of Queenstone Drive (off Miller Creek Road) in Marinwood (a San Rafael address in most GPS units) at 10am.  Half the cars will stay there.  The other half will shuttle to the intersection of Burning Tree Drive and Obertz Lane in Novato, where the hike begins.Route: This is an approximately 4.1 mile hike that we’ll plan to do in 3.25 hours including car shuttle time.  It starts by climbing about 800 feet straight up through the forest on the Halloween Trail (This is the steepest trail in Novato.  It must have been built by goblins!).  Halloween intersects with the Chicken Shack Fire Road on Big Rock Ridge where we will continue to climb another 450 feet with a 100 foot dip thrown in along the way.  That will put us at an intersection with the Queenstone Fire Road at an elevation of about 1,430 feet above sea level with a commanding view of all we survey!  From there it’s all downhill for 2 miles on the Marinwood side to the cars on Queenstone Drive.

Preserve Map: http://www.marincounty.org/~/media/Images/Departments/PK/Open%20Space/Lucas%20Valley/LucasValley033113.pdfGear: Bring water, snack, sturdy footwear, and weather appropriate clothing.Weather: Rain does not cancel.See you there!

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  • Iris C.

    Thank you, Michael! It was a lovely day and a nice walk.

    April 13, 2014

  • Madeline M.

    Thank you, Michael, for a wonderful, challenging adventure. It was an amazing hike!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Brigitte D.

    The spectacular views, the company, the wildflowers, the green hills...Thank you, Michael, for leading us on this wonderful hike!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Jeff

    Sorry for missing this without Cancelling my RSVP
    But my son called me with car trouble while I was on my way to trailhead...I had to reverse field & go to Petaluma & help him...I was looking forward to this hike - now I still have yet to do it...hope it's repeated soon!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Mary S.

    So Sorry for the late notice, I wont be able to make it today. Have fun!

    April 12, 2014

  • Michael L.

    Just noticed that Queenstone Drive is also named Big Rock Ridge Road on Google Maps. Not sure how it's marked on the ground. See you soon!

    1 · April 12, 2014

  • Cheryl B.

    So sorry I have to cancel, having hip troubles.

    April 12, 2014

  • Moira B.

    Green boot friends - It turns out we have a wedding to attend on 4/12 so I need to bow out of this excellent hike.

    April 3, 2014

  • Sue

    Sorry that I won't be able to do Apr. 12. I'd love to get out, but I'm worried about taking on a steep trail. I think that I need to start a bit easier.

    March 23, 2014

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