Indian Valley

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Trail Distance: 7.4 miles
Time Estimate: 1 hr 20 min +
Elevation Gain: 794 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free - $1
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Limited
Description

The Indian Valley Open Space surrounds the Indian Valley Campus and offers some puptacular hiking opportunities. Out here, you and your furry pal can take an easy stroll down a wooded fire road or climb steep terrain to a waterfall. Take your pick from multiple trails or link them together to form a loop. There's a pond near the school where you can see a variety of wildlife. The preserve attracts moderate to heavy traffic year-round. 

When you come to the preserve, you can park in the pay lot by the security office on campus and take the fire road past the athletic fields to get to the open space. For a furrific workout, take the Ad Schwindt Trail through a bay tree forest. You can also follow the fire road straight ahead for a shorter, easier outing. Ad Schwindt hooks around the eastern edge of the property and reconnects with the fire road briefly before feeding into Buzzard Burn Road. This segment involves a sharp uphill grade on a hill that's dotted with wildflowers. Connect to the Witzel Trail to descend through mixed woods to the valley floor. After a few footbridges, you'll arrive at Waterfall Trail. Pause where the stream pours over a boulder to a catch pool below. Continue parallel to the water over a saddle, then walk down the switchbacks to Pacheco Pond. 

As with other Marin County Park properties, your pup can join you here. They're allowed off-leash on the fire road if they're under your voice control. In other sections, keep the lead on your special pal. There's a water fountain near the ballfields where you can load your bottles. Carry bags to pack out any waste.

Bring your pooch to the Indian Valley Open Space to hike over hills and ridges in the woods. Out here, you can see larkspur, iris, buttercups, and other wildflowers. Although you'll probably see other visitors on the fire road, the side trails usually provide peaceful solitude.

Trail Features
Grassland, Steep Inclines
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers, Waterfall
Cautions & Considerations
Horseback riders and joggers use the trails in this area. Expect company, especially on the fire road, and be prepared to yield when they pass. Parking is free on Sundays but costs $1 every other day.
Address
1800 Ignacio Blvd
Novato, CA 94949
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Address
1800 Ignacio Blvd
Novato, CA 94949
Hours
Mon Open 24 Hours
Tue Open 24 Hours
Wed Open 24 Hours
Thu Open 24 Hours
Fri Open 24 Hours
Sat Open 24 Hours
Sun Open 24 Hours