From Highway 101 in Novato, take the Ignacio Blvd exit west towards the College of Marin Indian Valley Campus, turn left at Fairway Dr, turn left at Alameda de La Loma, and turn right at Pebble Beach Dr. MCOSD gate is at the end.
Carpool meets at Yardbird's parking lot in San Rafael at 10:30. Meet at the entrance area to the old store (now closed).
4.7 total miles Elevation Gain:1,400 feet Trail Type:Loop Steep in places but don't worry, we'll take our time, no one will be left behind.
Read more at Trails.com: Loma Verde - Pacheco Valle Ridge Trails | San Rafael California Hikes | Trails.com http://www.trails.com/tcatalog_trail.aspx?trailId=HGS061-E05#ixzz2JKoRiOBg
The Loma Verde (320 acres), Ignacio Valley, Pacheco Valle, and Indian Valley preserves form a contiguous band of undisturbed open space encompassing virtually the entire northern slope of eastern Big Rock Ridge. The slopes are steep, the canyons deep, and first-time visitors never fail to marvel at the expanses of rugged chaparral and woodland found here. Most of the fire roads that run through these preserves follow ridgelines, and all of the access routes are strenuous, but the spectacular views and the sense of solitude make the climbing worthwhile.
FYI, MeetUp charges each group ~$160 year to maintain the site. There's a $5 fee to cover this expense. If we collect $160 before the year is over, all events will be free after that.