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Big Rock Ridge

Big Rock Ridge Trail Marin County

Big Rock Ridge

Miles: 7 miles
Difficulty: Moderate – difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Users: Hikers, dogs, horses, and mountain bikes. No wheelchair access.

Features: 360˚ views of Marin County, bay views, San Francisco views, horse trough, aerial view of Skywalker Ranch, Mt. Tamalpais views

 (Park on the street opposite the giant rock, and walk through underpass to get across the street)

Big Rock Ridge Trail is probably one of the most adventurous. Snaking between San Rafael and Novato, Big Rock Ridge is the second highest point in Marin County with the summit reaching 1,890 feet. The ridge provides stellar view of the Bay Area and beyond.

The Big Rock Ridge is reached via the Big Rock Trail that opened in 2003. It starts conveniently at the big rock on the north side of the road. The climb starts moderately, occasionally giving a stunning view of the Lucas Valley. The path goes through Loreene French Volk – giving beautiful view of Skywalker Ranch, Richmond San Rafael Bridge, Bay Bridge, and San Francisco in general. At the summit, you can see Mount St Helena to the north, Montara Mountain to the south, the Pacific to the west, and Mount Diablo to the east.



Top 3 Adventure Hacks

1) It pays to be prepared DeLorme InReach Explorer Two Way Satellite Communicator with Built in Navigation

Big Rock Ridge Trail is probably one of the most adventurous trails snaking between San Rafael and Novato. The Big Rock Ridge is the second highest point in Marin County with the summit reaching 1,890 feet.

Bring the right accessories. Never get lost with a satellite communicator with built in navigation.

2) Bring a camera

The path goes through Loreene French Volk – giving beautiful view of Skywalker Ranch, Richmond San Rafael Bridge, Bay Bridge, and San Francisco in general. At the summit, you can see Mount St Helena to the north, Montara Mountain to the south, the Pacific to the west, and Mount Diablo to the east. The view from the summit is definitely picture perfect!

3) Charge your phone even if there’s no electricity around

With a portable solar powered phone charger, you can charge your phone.

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