Ring Mountain Fire Road

Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve, California

Distance2.1mi
Elevation Gain979ft
Trailhead Elevation115ft
Top602ft
Elevation Min/Max115/602ft
Elevation Start/End115/115ft

Ring Mountain Fire Road

Ring Mountain Fire Road is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Corte Madera, California. It is within Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve and Tiburon Ridge Open Space Preserve. It is 2.1 miles long and begins at 115 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 979 feet. The trail ends near Ring Mountain (elevation 607 feet). This trail connects with the following: Loop Trail, Shepherd Way Fire Road, Reed Ranch Fire Road, Endeavor Fire Road, Green Tank Fire Road and Phyllis Ellman Trail.

Ring Mountain Fire Road Professional Reviews and Guides

"This 377-acre open space preserve encompasses the ridge between the towns of Corte Madera and Tiburon and has great views of San Francisco to the south and the ferries shuttling passengers across San Pablo Bay. It’s a surprisingly happy space, one of my favorite hikes in all of the Bay Area. Besides being an easy hike that gains 600 feet in elevation (so you feel like you’ve done something when you get to the top), there’s a great granite rock outcropping—pack your climbing shoes and chalk bag for a little bouldering while the dogs rest in the shade."

"Ring Mountain bulges upward from the shores of San Francisco Bay, a bald hillock offering exceptional 360-degree views of the northern Bay Area. A few ancient live oaks line the ridges, twisting in gnarled and fantastic form. Add in some unusual rock outcrops and you’ve got a full array of natural highlights."

"A ridgetop between the towns of Tiburon and Corte Madera, Ring Mountain is enjoyable to hike and explore, although mountain is a misnomer. Still, the hike includes a moderate 600-foot climb that invigorates.

On the way up, enjoy expanses of native grasslands, a compact bay, oak, and buckeye woodland, sculptural rock outcrops, trickling seasonal springs, and colorful wildflowers. Miwok Indians left signs of their inhabitation from 2,000 years ago, and environmentalists left traces of the strong spirit in which they fought to protect these precious 377 acres for hikers and nature lovers."

"A small ridgetop between the towns of Tiburon and Corte Madera, Ring Mountain is enjoyable to hike and explore, although mountain is a misnomer. Still, the hike includes a moderate 600-foot climb that invigorates. On the way up, enjoy expanses of native grasslands, a compact bay, oak, and buckeye woodland, sculptural rock outcrops, trickling seasonal springs, and colorful wildflowers. Miwok Indians left signs of their habitation here 2,000 years ago, and environmentalists left traces of the strong spirit with which they fought to protect these precious 377 acres for hikers and nature lovers. Trails Surface: A mostly sunny dirt trail that climbs and descends 600 feet; some rocky and rutted areas, one short stretch in woodlands."

"This 377-acre open space preserve encompasses the ridge between the towns of Corte Madera and Tiburon and has great views of San Francisco to the south and the ferries shuttling passengers across San Pablo Bay. It’s a surprisingly happy space, one of my favorite hikes in all of the Bay Area."

"There’s a dramatic backdrop to the spectacular views hikers enjoy on Ring Mountain. Although small and contained by Tiburon residential neighborhoods, the preserve hosts Native American petroglyphs and an incredibly rare flower."

"This climb up the grassy slopes of Ring Mountain provides some of the best views and wildflower displays in the Bay area. Can be muddy and strong winds possible."

Ring Mountain Fire Road Reviews

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2/11/2003
Jack London didn't name this place the "Beauty Ranch" for nothin'! The Wolf House Trail is accessible to all fitness levels, but really gets you in the woods. The trail is mostly paved, with lush redwoods, bay laurel and native madrone shading the path. As you approach the house ruins, the structure emerges like an old Scottish castle. On the way back to the trail head, a slight and well-marked detour takes you to the graves of two pioneer children, as well as Jack London himself. All in all, a great mix of nature and history, and a wonderful short trail to explore while visiting wine country.
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Trail Information

Ring Mountain Open Space Preserve
Nearby City
Tiburon Ridge Open Space Preserve
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Horseback Riding
Additional Use
Marin County Parks Open Space District, 3501 Civic Center Dr., Ste. 260, San Rafael 94903; field office (415) 499-6405; ranger (415) 473-2816; www.marincountyparks.org/depts/pk/divisions/open-space
Local Contacts
San Quentin, CA
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Oct 2018