San Pedro Mountain Open Space - North Trailhead

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Trail Distance: 6.7 miles
Time Estimate: 3 hr 20 min+
Elevation Gain: 1549 feet
Leash Rule: On & Off Leash
Difficulty: Moderate
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
Start your furrific adventure at San Pedro Mountain Open Space -- North Trailhead. There's a lot for you and your dog to take in! This trail starts at the Woodoaks Drive entrance to the open space, and rapidly climbs the hill. You're looking at the bulk of your elevation gain--roughly 1,000 feet of it--happening in the first mile! This is a tough hike, but the perks more than make up for it. 


The first perk of the trail is that it crosses two fire roads. These dirt paths are much larger than the regular trail. The wheel ruts also give them away! Dogs are allowed to be off leash on fire roads! If you have good voice control of your dog, feel free to slip the leash and let them have a ball! The first fire road starts almost a mile into your hike. Keep heading east at this point. You can also take a breather here before tackling the peak, and let your pup keep running off leash! The fire road is bordered by wildflowers during the spring and early summer. 

Continue on the fire road for almost two miles. When you reach a gate, turn right and follow that trail. You'll have to put your dog back on leash as you leave the fire trail. A little over a mile and a half after that, you'll reach the Nike missile site. There are picnic tables here, so take a breather and rest up. You'll also have a great view of San Pedro Open Space, and even Mount Tam in the distance! Snap some pictures of this historical site, and when you're ready to get gone, retrace your steps back. Your dog can enjoy another off leash romp before you turn off the fire road and head back to Woodoaks Drive. 

Off leash (and on leash) fun is easy to have at San Pedro Mountain Open Space -- North Trailhead! 

Trail Features
Steep Inclines
Wildflowers, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
This area is criss-crossed with paths, fire roads, and trails. Take caution as you go so that you stay on the right trails! The area is well settled and safe and you should have cell reception if you need to call or look at a map, but you might end up taking a longer hike than you intended to!
Address
99 Woodoaks Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
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Address
99 Woodoaks Drive
San Rafael, CA 94903
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
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