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Indian Tree Open Space Hike (Moderate 7 miles)

  • Aug 28, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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Please see new info regarding car pooling below!

This hike climbs (1400 feet) to one of the highest points in North Marin. There are some views but this hike is mostly walking through and under the trees.  It offers several groves of redwoods, great views and beautiful wildflowers in the spring.  It is reminiscent of Pomo Canyon out on the coast but is much closer to home.  We should be off the trail by 1:30pm giving you plenty of time to take care of other things in your life!


Be aware; there are horses on the trail and it can be muddy.

Directions: From Hwy 101 in Novato go West on San Marin Dr. to Novato Blvd. Continue straight on Sutro Ave. Where Sutro ends in a "T" intersection take a right on Vineyard Rd to the hilltop where the road turns to dirt and there is an open space sign on the left. Park along the shoulder of the road.


Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below. It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

As always:

We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time.   A steady pace and we just keep going!  If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions.  If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight.  Our pace averages 2.5mph.  We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group.  Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy

Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details.  Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.

TO BRING: YOU! glorious hiker person you – dying to hit the trails and laugh, talk, sweat and enjoy in a group of like minded Wanderers… Oh yeah, and you should always bring your hiking safety essentials, layered clothing, water and food appropriate to the outing as mentioned below.

RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.

Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time.  That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.  You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.

Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Facilities: none

Dogs?: none allowed

Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.

Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.

Bring a lunch.  We have lunch out at the end of the point at a beautiful spot.

Bring your smile and great attitude!  We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!


Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive. Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is always that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work! General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!Then PLEASE if possible try to use the locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close any designated location.

Car pool locations:

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:30

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:55


See you on the trail!

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  • Shawna

    Although the weather and the trail were lovely, the company was even better. Gotta love the Wanderers!

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Stephanie

    What a joy to see everyone today!! Thanks Leigh for always leaving us wanting more :)

    August 28, 2013

  • Leigh

    It had been awhile since I had been to Indian Tree and what a nice treat to go back. Talk about a GREAT group! It was a joy to hike with you all and ....TALK ABOUT LUNCH WITH A VIEW!! :)

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • Hank F.

    Really enjoyed this hike!! A jewel tucked back in the Novato hills. The lunch spot with the view and the Indian Tree was beautiful. Thank you to Leigh and the Wanderers.

    2 · August 28, 2013

  • Christy Vandever S.

    LOVED this hike! So happy it's in my backyard. Enjoyed catching up with everyone and meeting a couple new (to me) Wanderers. Thanks Leigh for the hike!

    August 28, 2013

  • susette

    Such a wonderful way to start the day! A new hike (for me), with a good workout, fun Wanderers and some spectacular views!!! : )

    2 · August 28, 2013

  • Marinoly R.

    Amazing hike! Great weather and better company. Thanks Leigh for another great hike.

    1 · August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike! Thank you Leigh for organizing and everyone else for great company.

    August 28, 2013

  • Brigitte D.

    Petaluma carpool.

    August 26, 2013

    • Andy E.


      August 28, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Marinoly and Andy, see ya soon then.

      August 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Santa Rosa/Coddingtown car pool

    August 26, 2013

  • Don

    Gee, I was hoping Kathy or Christy would post this for an evening hike sometime?? (Just hinting for us "working class" people)

    August 22, 2013

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Ha! Just saw this. I'm willing to "lead" as an afternoon hike if someone knows the trail!

      August 26, 2013

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Got back on the hike Don so I can lead it in the next couple weeks. That work for ya? ;)

      August 26, 2013

  • lynn_r

    Wildcare needs me that day.

    August 12, 2013

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