OverviewOpen Space, State Parks and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area as well as Point Reyes National Seashore.
This page attempts to feature a comprehensive listing of all but a few named highpoints throughout the county as well as a few unnnamed ones. Like all mapped geographical regions the naming of features is somewhat arbitrary. Some prominent ones are left unnamed while some insignificant ones are. Most of them are accessible to the public and some are on private lands. Everything is featured starting from the highest elevation to the lowest. Each one also includes what type of land it is on and the accessiblility. The ones with quotation marks are unnamed but given names for this page.
From Sonoma County Take Hwy. 101 or State Hwy 1 south.
From Napa or Solano County take State Hwy 37 above the north bay or take Interstate 80 to the San Rafael Richmond Bridge west.
From Contra Costa or Alameda County take either Interstate 80 or Interstate 580 to the San Rafael Richmond Bridge west.
When to hike and what to expect
Regardless of the time of year it is always good to bring plenty of water, a snack and at least a windbreaker. No matter how mellow it is at the bottom by the time you get up 1,000 ft or so it can get windy and significantly cooler.
There need not be much concerned for insects. There are virtually no mosquitos but in the summer when your are trudging and sweating up some hot hillside in the sun the horse flies can attack you at your weakest depending on the numbers produced by the previous winters rainfall.
Springtime is the best time with the hills green and wildflowers arriving by March. In summer the hills dry out and become brown.
Mount Tamalpais 2,571'
Mt. Tam is the main feature of Mt. Tamalpais State Park and the stunning views from the East Peak are unmatched around the bay.
Bolinas Ridge 2,100'
Big Rock Ridge 1,887'Big Rock Ridge runs east to northwest for about 5 miles in the northern part of the county between Lucas Valley and the town of Novato. Most of the ridge is part of Marin Open Space land. The ridge gets higher as it goes to the west with a series of small peaks culminating in the massive rolling highpoint with transmission towers. The views from the 1,650' highhpoint are some of the finest in the northbay.
Pine Mountain 1,762'Marin Municipal District Watershed 5 miles northwest of Mt. Tamalpais is where mountain biking got it's start. Carson Falls at the foot of the south slope is a popular hiking destination in the rainy season.
Loma Alta 1,592'Loma Alta Open Space and it's often windswept summit is accessible from east, north or south.
"Nicasio Ridge" 1,575'Indian Tree Open Space brings you up to the ridge but the peak is on private property.
Burdell Mountain 1,558'Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve. It also includes Olompali Historic State Park on it's north side.
Hicks Mountain 1,532'Hicks Mountain is an isolated peak a few miles north of Nicasio Reservoir in the northwest part of the county. It is on private land.
Barnabe Mountain 1,466'Samuel P. Taylor State Park. It is a popular hiking destination a couple of miles northeast of the Bolinas Ridge. The top which supports a fire lookout and a giant cell phone tower has good views west to Tomales Bay and the Inverness Ridge.
Shroyer Mountain 1,458'Shroyer Mountain is a large mostly forested mountain that sits between the west end of Big Rock Ridge and the small town of Nicasio. It is on private property.
White's Hill 1,430'White's Hill Open Space.
Mount Wittenberg 1,407'
"Salmon Creek Peaks" 1,378'Salmon Creek. The first 2 are fairly rugged and forested approximately 1,320' and 1,290'. The one at the east end is a rolling grass covered hill 1,378'. They are on private property.
"San Geronimo Hill" 1,377'
Point Reyes Hill 1,336'
"Corte Madera de Novato" 1,296'
Black Mountain 1,280'
It is on private property but there is a a free annual hike open to the public that is organized from the town of Point Reyes.
"Chileno Hill" 1,237'
Azalea Hill 1,217'
Pilot Knob 1,187'
Antonio Mountain 1,171'Antonio Mtn. is a small mountain just east of "Chileno Hill" above Chileno Valley in northwest Marin. It is on private property.
Three Peaks 1,161'Three Peaks rises about a mile southwest of Soulajule Reservoir in the far northwest part of the county. It is on private property.
"Little Alta" 1,148'
Bald Hill 1,141'Bald Hill Open Space Preserve above the west side of the town of San Anselmo. It has one of the best views of the north side of Mt. Tamalpais.
Richardson East 1,111'Marin Headlands above the town of Sausalito with radio towers on top. It has outstanding views of San Francisco, the Golden Gate and San Francisco Bay.
"Buckelew Ridge" 1,066'
San Pedro Mountain 1,058'
China Camp State Park.
Corte Madera Ridge 1,031'Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve. It is also known as "Christmas Tree Hill".
Coyote Ridge 1,031'Marin Headlands between Green Gulch and Tennessee Valley.
Wolf Ridge 970'Wolf Ridge is one of the hills in the Marin headlands. It is in the southwestern part above Rodeo Lagoon and has old abandoned military installations on it's level summit. It has good views of the Golden Gate area, Rodeo Lagoon, the Pacific Ocean and north to Mt. Tam.
Little Mountain 823'Little Mountain Open Space Preserve.
Mount Livermore/ Angel Island 788'Angel Island State Park. The views from the top of this easy walk up are outstanding.
It is only approachable by kayak or public ferry.