Indian Valley Preserve

A 558-acre preserve wrapping around the College of Marin's Indian Valley campus.

Rangers Recommend

  • Forest shade will keep you cool in summer. The Ad and Gloria Schwindt Trail offers a pleasant loop through oak and bay forests. Or take trails that traverse the north slope above the valley.
  • Waterfall Trail leads to a beautiful rainy season cascade.
  • Black oaks on Alexander Trail (hikers only) provide fall color.
  • Dogs welcome and must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • Near the beginning of the Indian Valley Fire Road, just past the college baseball fields, is a small pond with a surprising array of amphibians, including western toads, tree frogs, and newts.
  • Listen for birdsong. This is a warbler paradise.
  • Check out the iNaturalist field guide. Add your own observations.


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Dogs On Leash
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Dogs Voice Control
Horseback Riding

Know Before You Go

  • Stay on roads and trails to preserve sensitive ecosystems and to avoid trespassing on private property. Make sure dogs do not enter the pond.
  • Be courteous and safety conscious when sharing roads and trails. Go slow and say hello.
  • Dress appropriately for the weather. Trails can be muddy during rainy season.
  • Bring water.
  • There are no restrooms at this location.
  • Steer clear of poison oak.
  • After an outing, check for ticks.