Big Rock Ridge is the second-highest point in Marin. It is a dramatically beautiful hike with sensational views along the way. This field trip passes through grasslands, oak, and madrone woodlands, chaparral and there are wetland seeps along the way.
The reward at the top of the ridge is an expansive view from Mt. Burdell to the Golden Gate. Much of the lands below are wild and public. Sometimes the far off the snow-capped Sierra Nevada can be seen.

The climb is a moderately steep 2.6-mile ascent with an elevation gain of 950 feet. The field trip starts at 650 feet and climb to 1600 feet, and will return by the same route.

Bring lunch and water.

Meet at the Big Rock trailhead, which is located about five miles west of 101 on Lucas Valley Rd.

      Leader: Dabney SmithBig