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Big Rock Ridge, Lucas Valley Open Space, 7 miles, 1400' elevation gain

  • Mar 24, 2014 · 9:45 AM
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DOGS welcome!! Have a well-behaved 4-legged friend? Please feel free to bring him/her along. 

Big Rock Trail is a relatively new segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, opened in 2003.

The summit of Big Rock Ridge at 1895 feet is the second highest point in Marin County (after Mount Tamalpais), and views from the top are spectacular.

This hike will be an out and back; we'll hike up and down the same trail. We'll climb to high points where Marin County's mountains and valleys are laid out before us and San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge loom in the south. The trail starts gently upward through a grassy hillside then into stands of oak. Once through a fence we'll encounter a mix of grassy hillside and oak stands but on a much more severe incline. A series of switchbacks will carry us ever higher and eventually to the fire road on the ridge.

Much of this hike is exposed with little tree cover, so wear sunscreen and/or a hat.

THERE IS LIMITED PARKING AT THE TRAIL HEAD – PLEASE BE SURE TO CAR POOL IF YOU CAN.

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 money...it'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 8:45

http://goo.gl/maps/dBMKd

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 9:05

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm


Directions to the trail head: From Hwy 101 in San Rafael, take the Lucas Valley Rd/Smith Ranch Rd exit west on Lucas Valley Rd. Continue on to the “Big Rock” on the right side of the road and park.

Always check the meetup website the night before just in case there are some car pooling opportunities have come up or any last minute instructions due to WEATHER..

As always:

- We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. Slow and steady and we just keep going!

- 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.

- Wear comfortable hiking shoes that are well broken in.

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

- Dress in layers; the top may be cold, so bring something warm.

- Bring a snack for our break at the top.

- Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments. This is especially important if there are any weather issues. Cancellations/changes due to weather will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.

- Bring your smile and great attitude! Once again....this is not about finishing the hike in record time...it's about enjoying ourselves and the outdoors!

- No facilities at the trail head or on the trail.

See you on the trail!

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  • Stan

    Great hike, moderate steady climb, wonderful views, and especially, wonderful hikers (including those with four feet and a busy tail).

    March 25, 2014

  • Mary A.

    Pastis & I thank you all - esp Christy for organizing and being patient with my 13-yr-old Pastis who also likes downhills better than uphills! His appetite was even better than usual this eve. That pup loves his chow! And sniffing trails. And great places to hike with great people!

    March 24, 2014

    • Marcia B

      He did great Mary Ann.

      March 24, 2014

  • Judi C.

    We enjoyed stunning views, wild flowers, 2 friendly dogs and many friendly, energetic hikers.

    March 24, 2014

  • Christy Vandever S.

    Thank you to everyone who came out today. What a great way to start the week! So great to have new Wanderers mixed in with the seasoned today. Hope too see you all on the trails soon!

    March 24, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Good morning Christy...my son just called and is having car trouble so I need to head away from the trailhead, not certain I will make it back in time to meet y'all ...I cancelled my RSVP just in case. But will try and meet you if I can - Please don't wait for me if I'm late.

    1 · March 24, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      No need to apologize, I know the rules...anyway, it's a moot point...his car needed towing and AAA was backed up, so I never made it down...I'm sure you all had a great hike...I settled for Rush Creek trail as they're right out my back door...

      1 · March 24, 2014

    • Christy Vandever S.

      Hope to see you on the trail soon Jeff.

      March 24, 2014

  • Don

    Loved the hike and the company, dogs included! Thanks Christy for the intervention (LOL).

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Amy H.

    The Wildflowers, the company and Tao, my new hiking buddy were a lot of fun. Thank you Christy.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • John H.

    Perfect day for this hike. The views across the valley were pretty awesome. Thank you Christy.

    1 · March 24, 2014

  • Mary A.

    Emergency taken care of - I'll see you at the trailhead with Pastis.

    March 24, 2014

  • Andy E.

    Coddingtown

    March 23, 2014

  • Stan

    I'm trying to figure out what time to leave for this hike.

    So... How far down Lucas Valley Rd from the freeway exit is the "big rock"? [The "map" link is useless--it points to a "Valley" street in another town.]

    Thanks,
    -- Stan

    March 23, 2014

    • Judi C.

      It's at the top of the hill, about 6 miles west of 101. Just west of the parking on the south side of LVR, there's a place to turn around and park facing east.

      1 · March 23, 2014

  • Judi C.

    I look forward to meeting people who share my hiking interest. Won't need to carpool as I live on LV Rd.

    1 · March 23, 2014

  • Mary A.

    Opps, me too - have an emergency and will not be able to join you at the trail - and thus won't be at the carpool. Shucks.

    March 23, 2014

  • Sylvia M.

    Oops, I need to cancel and work tomorrow. (will not be at the Petaluma carpool)

    March 23, 2014

  • Linda M.

    petaluma carpool

    March 22, 2014

  • Amy H.

    Petaluma carpool

    March 20, 2014

  • John H.

    The walls have been closing in. Feeling better and got the need to move the feet. Pet carpool

    1 · March 21, 2014

  • Bruce B.

    See you at Coddingtown

    March 20, 2014

  • Dan R

    Hi Yannick. Yeah, I saw that this morning and deleted my post. Thanks!

    1 · March 19, 2014

  • Christy Vandever S.

    It was brought to my attention that the map may not be right on. With that said, our meeting spot is directly across from the big rock on Lucas Valley Road. The picture posted in this hike description is what you should be looking for. See you on the trail!

    March 19, 2014

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