Open Space

Nestled between the small towns of Point Reyes and Petaluma, our land is the ideal location for reconnecting with nature and community. Black-tailed deer and grey fox frequent these rural hills, along with many native species. Upon closer look, we can also see the close relationship that humans have had with this land for millenia. 

 
 

Trail descriptions

The Flats (easy)


This ½ mile trail is a staff favorite. The trail can begin at Grinding Rock Flats, and follow the creek downstream through Shady Flats, Sandy Flats, and Worm Flats. The trail daylights again next to our garden, and can also be done in the reverse direction.




Turtle Pond (easy)


This ½ mile trail begins at Grinding Rock Flats, where the trail dips to Walker Creek where you can cross on our Adventure Bridge. The pond is a great place to relax and look for birds.




Diversity Trail (easy)


You can hike this as a loop or an out-and-back walk. The best way to start it is by crossing our garden bridge and going left. You can walk all the way to Turtle Pond this way too.




Alder Flats (easy)


This 1-mile out-and-back walk takes you to a quieter section of our creek. If you’re really quiet, you may catch a river otter or salmon sighting here.




Jackrabbit Flats (easy)


This 2-mile out-and-back walk takes you past the garden, along our road and past our challenge course. About one-mile in, follow the sign off the road and walk down to a large grassy meadow where several large bay trees offer shade.




Turkey Vulture Canyon (moderate


This 2-mile walk begins after our garden bridge and into the heart of our bay laurel forest. The “canyon” may be flowing with water during our rainy season and a great place to look for newts and banana slugs.




Walker Creek Trail (moderate)


This 2.5 mile trail is beautiful in any season! Head across our garden bridge and follow signs for Alder Flats, and continue past it until you start our spaced-staircase climb. This trail links with Turkey Vulture Canyon for a wonderful loop.




Horsetail Hill (moderate)


Explore “the other side” of our campus on this short and steep climb. The view of this 1-mile out-and-back walk offers a panoramic view of our entire ranch.




Coyote Ridge (difficult)


Beginning at the signs for Horsetail Meadow, continue up and past our water towers (about ½ mile up) and past the cattle fence onto this backbone of our hills. It’s a gorgeous hike and is best as an out-and-back.




Grandma Oak Trail (moderate)


This trail links with Miwok Trail at a special spot called Echo Rock. We recommend you do the loop for a 3-mile walk through bay laurel forests and chaparral.




Miwok Trail (moderate)


This trail links with Grandma Oak Trail at a special spot called Echo Rock. We recommend you do the loop for a 3-mile walk through bay laurel forests and chaparral.




Fir Trail (difficult)


Can you find our two fir trees on this trail through the bay forest? This out-and-back trail can be completed as a loop if you walk all the way to Walker Peak! Keep an eye out for newts and banana slugs during the rainy season.




Walker Peak (difficult)


If you are up for a 5-mile hike, then Walker Peak is the perfect destination for you. Enjoy panoramic views of Tomales Bay and the Sonoma mountains from the top! We recommend walking up Fir Trail or Ridge Road to get here.




Pinnacles Trail (difficult)


If you continue down our main road, past the garden, challenge course, and Jackrabbit Flats, you will eventually see a sign for Pinnacles Trail. This winding trail is about 3.5 miles to the top of Walker Peak and a wild walk through our pastoral chaparral. To walk down from the peak, we recommend Ridge Road for a 2.5 mile hike back.




Ridge Road (moderate)


Whether walking to Walker Peak or heading down from it, Ridge Road offers a direct 2.5 mile route back to Diversity Trail and our main campus. Enjoy the coyote bush and chaparral!





Depending on the amount of time you have and what you feel like, we have lots of options for exploring our trails. Please tell a friend or someone where you are going, and bring a water bottle and warm layers. Walking along “the flats” is a staff favorite, since it is close to campus and still offers the peaceful feeling of the creek. Lots of people also enjoy walking the half-mile to Turtle Pond, and relaxing on the sunny dock while looking for migrating birds. Walker Peak is a popular hike, with many ways to reach the top and see Tomales Bay, Mt. Tamalpais, and the Sonoma hills. Once there, there are many ways to complete this 5-mile hike.

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