Little Mountain is an open space preserve set in Marin County, just to the west of Novato. True to its name, this rather secluded area has a small mountain and rolling, grassy hills. Oak trees dot the landscape, especially in the northern part of the mountain where the forest is the most dense. It spans over 200 acres, and it contains a trail that runs about a mile and a half past the base of the mountain. The trail has a relatively even grade with a couple areas that have a moderate incline. More importantly, you can bring your furry friend along with you for a hike on the trail!
You can begin your hike at Sutro Avenue; this connects to Reuben Kaehler Memorial Trail, which in turn connects to the easternmost section of Little Mountain Trail. Once you’re on Little Mountain Trail, you pass beneath picturesque clusters of oak trees lined with ferns and other forest plants, and there is a small creek that passes by the trail as well. You’ll pass over two small bridges, and the landscape will open up to sprawling plains for the duration of the trail. Once you reach the trail’s western endpoint, you can turn back or follow Verissimo Hills Trail, which connects to Little Mountain Trail.
When you are planning your visit to Little Mountain, be sure to consider the fact that there are no restrooms on the trail. You will also have to bring your own water and bags to clean up after your canine companion. Also observe the trail’s rule that dogs must remain leashed at all times, and that you cannot have more than three dogs per person on the trail.
Little Mountain is one of the most scenic destinations in Marin County, and you and your dog will be glad you decided to venture off the beaten path and visit it!