White Hill Preserve

A Marin summit holding a historic mystery.

Rangers Recommend

  • Blue Ridge Fire Road passes over the summit of White Hill at an elevation of 1,430 feet. Enjoy sweeping views, including the north side of Mount Tam.
  • The crash of a B-17 bomber in 1946 makes for intriguing history. Watch the calendar for a Mystery of White Hill ranger hike.
  • Wagon Wheel Trail travels through impressive stands of manzanita and chamise above steep, rocky slopes.
  • In spring, the picturesque landscape comes alive with native grasses and wildflowers sprouting among beautifully weathered stones.
  • White Hill Preserve links Loma Alta Preserve with Cascade Canyon Preserve, and Gary Giacomini Preserve.
  • Dogs are welcome. Dogs must be leashed on trail, and under voice command on fire roads, with leash readily available.

Naturalist Notes

  • California bay, coast live oak, toyon, sagebrush, and madrone grow along the trails.
  • Spring wildflowers include buckwheat, mule's ears, and monkeyflower.
  • Look for serpentine rocks and soil, and rare plants, at the higher elevations.
  • To protect sensitive wildlife species, some roads and trails are subject to seasonal night closures. Observe closure signs.
  • Check out the iNaturalist field guide. Add your own observations.


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Dogs On Leash
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Dogs Voice Control
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Know Before You Go

  • Stay on roads and trails to preserve sensitive ecosystems and to avoid trespassing on private property.
  • 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.