Shafter Grade Trail – Gary Giacomini Open Space Preserve
Location: San Geronimo Ridge Rd, Forest Knolls, CA
Features: Hiking trails, bird watching, no dogs, wildlife observation
The Gary Giacomini Open Space Preserve was named after Gary Giacomini, a Marin County board who was instrumental in saving the land from development. The area runs along the north side of the San Geronimo Ridge and is known for its winding roads as well as variety of trails. One of the well-known trails in the area is Shafter Grade. Known for its steady grade but challenging climb, the Shafter Grade provides hikers direct access to the Bolinas Ridge. The trail is known for its uphill switchbacks as well as interesting redwoods, fir, and laurel.
Top 3 Adventure Hacks
1) It pays to be prepared.
At times, trails may intersect and it is often hard to know if you are still on the right track. It is best to do some research about the area. A state park can have as much as 60 miles of trails. Visit the locality’s website or information center for a detailed trail map.
2) Bring extra clothing.
You might come across streams, rivers, waterfalls, lakes and it pays to bring extra clothing. A handy dry sack can keep your stuff organized inside your bag.
3) Stay warm.
Did you know that consuming too little water can aggravate hypothermia? Stay hydrated, dress in layers, carry a hate, and bring rain gear for long treks. Avoid cotton as it can absorb water and keep you cold.