Indian Valley Trail

Novato, California 94998

Elevation Gain127ft
Trailhead Elevation132ft
Elevation Min/Max129/223ft
Elevation Start/End132/132ft

Indian Valley Trail

Indian Valley Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Novato, California. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 132 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.2 miles with a total elevation gain of 127 feet. This trail connects with the following: Waterfall Trail, Ad & Gloria Schwindt Trail, Witzel Trail and Pacheco Pond Fire Road.

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Hiking Waterfalls in Northern California (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"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." Read more
Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"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." Read more
Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC)
Don & Kay Martin
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"This is a pleasant hike that explores north-facing slopes near Indian Valley College. It offers oak-bay woods and spring wildflowers." Read more

Indian Valley Trail Reviews

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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.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Marin County Parks Administrative Office, Marin County Civic Center, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Ste. 260, San Rafael, CA 94903; (415) 473-6387;
Local Contacts
USGS Petaluma CA; online at
Local Maps

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Dec 2018