Hiked from Big Rock trailhead to just past the transmission towers, then back. Great views, good workout, beautiful views. Total hike: 7.2 miles, 1,325 ft of elevation, 2 hr 41 min.

We ended up walking from our hotel in San Rafael and did not arrive to the trailhead until mid morning on an early June day that happened to be very warm. Bring plenty of water and sunscreen. Despite the heat and full sun it was worth the effort. Hawks and eagles can be seen catching the currents and there were plenary of beautiful vistas. Trail signs are not existent so make sure you study the map before you get started.

Great- good parking. Steep areas and great views. Saw a coyote. Met runners along the way and had a great workout.

Good out and back hike. Starting at Big Rock the trail is all uphill for 3.5 miles. The elevation change is moderate and provides a good workout but not a difficult one.. Beautiful vistas of Lucas Valley the entire way. Not much shade cover.

Great view of the bay, city and mt Tam.

Nice gradual incline the entire way out. You'll start to feel it but the grade is shallow enough that you're able to keep your breath. Good workout that's not too brutal.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

FitBit tracks about 145 "floors", but it feels like more than that! Spectacular views at the top make the brutal ascent worth it.

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Sunday, February 19, 2017

Even on a windy, overcast mid-February day this was a great hike. Amazing views (East Bay, San Francisco, highway 37 all the way through Vallejo).

We did a slightly different route than the one published, turning it into a point-to-point hike instead of out-and-back. Parked one vehicle at the end of the Luiz Fire Road (on Creekside Drive), and started the hike at the Big Rock trailhead. Overall hike was still ~7 miles, taking us along the ridge for a solid ~2.5 miles. Hike time was 3 hours.

According the posted signs, portions of this alternate route are closed during deer hunting season (some of the route is an easement on private ranch land). So check before heading out.

Sunday, January 15, 2017

This is actually steeper than we thought it would be. Creeks beautiful and great yo water doggies.

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Saturday, September 24, 2016

I took the Big Rock Ridge trail all the way to the radio towers. This hike meandered through a mixed range of elevations and had fabulous views of overlooking the Skywalker Ranch, and on the top I could see as far as San Francisco.

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Mostly fire road and steep but it's close to home and a good workout with some good bay and Novato views.

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Sunday, September 04, 2016

Once at the peak, you'll experience great views and have the option to go down numerous offshoot trails.

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Sunday, August 07, 2016

Great hike. Go clockwise for shade on the way up. Our only issue was bringing older parents. This trail is really steep so not for the out of shape.

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Saturday, January 30, 2016

A little more challenging than I thought it was going to be. A good charge up hill.

While it says easy, it is a pretty good clip uphill. It is very close to my place so I will definitely go again, but I may not go the full way to the radio tower. I think I would instead turn around at the spot about halfway through where you are overlooking Skywalker Ranch.

Sat Jan 31st - got WAY over ambitious and spent 6 hours on this trail - dangerous for my stage of health-- up Big Rock - to the tower then up to Luiz trail - total of 4.5 hours climbing up - then 1.5 dangerously steep downhill gravel road - collapsed at end of trail -- won't try this again for at least 6 months!! Yikes!..

Wed Jan 14 - first time I eer attempted Big Rock Trail - 75 minutes -- awesome trail - loved it- Jan 17th - came back for 120 minutes, with Katherine and Emilio

Sunday, September 29, 2013

We hike this loop at least once a month, going up what's marked as Queenstone Rd up to the Fire Road, over to Big Rock Ridge and then down the trail which we've dubbed "Goat Trai" since you'd need to be a billygoat to come UP that way. It's a great workout and some very nice scenery especially on the way down as the road winds around the crevasse back down to the stables off Rubicon.

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Sunday, April 07, 2013

Ps this is not year

Sunday, March 10, 2013

A beautiful, steep climb up a natural steep canyon. We only had an hour, and after an hour and a half, we were still climbing, hoping to get to the fire road. We think we were close, but turned back and went down the same way we came. We hiked up and down in about two hours. Count on 3 full hours to do the whole loop. It's a beautiful, natural environment, with great views, and much shade along the way.

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