Hiking Marin

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Hike of the Week: Gary Giacomini Preserve

Hike along the San Geronimo Ridge Fire Road, five miles long, which traverses our Valley’s amazingly scenic ridge-line. This preserve connects with White Hill and Cascade Canyon. It also borders Marin Municipal Water District lands above Kent Lake, forming an immense expanse of pristine forests stretching all the way to Mount Tamalpais. You can access the area from the East Sylvestris Fire Road in San Geronimo or via Redwood Canyon Road off of San Geronimo Valley Drive.

Bring water. Track your path. It can be easy to get lost in this vast of a preserve!

Check this link below to get more information about this lovely area and trails: https://www.marincountyparks.org/parkspreserves/preserves/gary-giacomini

After watching the Elephant Seal talk with Frank Binney, our staff member Alexa Davidson took a drive out to Drakes Beach to see the beginning of the season. Below is a video of a male elephant seal playing in the waves observed from 40 feet away. The females should be making their way to the beaches soon to birth their pups. You can visit Drakes Beach, part of the Point Reyes National Seashore (check beach closures before heading out) to see these majestic creatures for yourself. Also, be sure to check out the recording of Frank Binney’s Secrets of Elephant Seals in our Virtual Events Video Library available here on our site, look to the front page.