Indian Valley Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"A pleasant trail winding through oak woodland leads to this seasonal waterfall. One of several seasonal waterfalls in Novato-area open space parks, the no-name waterfall in the Indian Valley Open Space Preserve is reached via a pleasant loop hike with some of the friendliest switchbacks you’ll ever encounter on a trail. It’s a modest little fall, only about 25 feet high and entirely fed by rainwater (which means it’s typically dry by summertime), but the loop trail that leads past the fall is a pleasant immersion in a pocket of oak woodland. The route begins by climbing past the gardens of the Indian Valley campus of the College of Marin to Pacheco Pond. The pond is small and reed-lined, with mallards and other waterfowl enjoying the year-round water source. This makes a nice, short-hike destination in itself."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides).
"Indian Valley Open Space Preserve stretches over 885 acres on the forested eastern slopes of Big Rock Ridge at the west end of Ignacio Valley in Novato. The parkland lies adjacent to the Indian Valley campus of the College of Marin. A seasonal creek flows through Indian Valley near the center of the reserve. A mosaic of crisscrossing dirt roads and single-track trails form a web of looping routes. The hiking, biking, and equestrian trails wind through the hills in shaded forests of oak, bay laurel, madrones, buckeye, and manzanita. This hike forms a loop utilizing a group of trails weaving up drainages and canyons, climbing over deeply wooded hills and traversing grassy mountain slopes. The trail leads to Pacheco Pond, built for the Pacheco Ranch in 1947 as a dependable water source for grazing cattle. Cattails line the scenic pond in a forested setting. The trail continues to a seasonal 20-foot cataract in a creek-carved channel. During the wet season, the cascading stream drops off a vertical rock wall into the pool below."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books).
"This is a pleasant hike that explores north-facing slopes near Indian Valley College. It offers oak-bay woods and spring wildflowers."
--Don & Kay Martin, Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC).
Good for a quick loop with baby in carrier. Trail seems a bit overused and poorly maintained. Waterfall was dry of course durning this hike.
Sign in/up to upload photos.