Bald Hill Ridge Preserve
In late 1996 the Open Space Committee announced the purchase of five spectacular acres on Bald Hill Ridge between Bald Hill and Fairfax. This parcel, formerly known as the Quilici property, is now part of the larger 30-acre Bald Hill Ridge Preserve. The Bald Hill Preserve (which currently does not include the 60 acre summit of Bald Hill and still remains in private hands) is owned and managed by Marin County Parks. This was a top priority acquisition since it lies adjacent to Marin Municipal Water District and lands which were acquired in 1993 and 1995, respectively.
The 30 acre Bald Hill Ridge Preserve was also considered to be significant because of its proximity to Bald Hill's summit, a high priority for preservation due to its potential development. Adjacent to Bald Hill, this property is located at the second highest elevation along this vital ridgeline and greenbelt and is highly visible land that can be seen from many parts of San Anselmo.
The purchase price of approximately $950,000 for all three properties was funded by a three-way match from MCOSD, the Marin Community Foundation and the Town of San Anselmo, using its Open Space Fund and other creative methods. Together these serve as testimony to the Town's resolve and commitment to preserve the Bald Hill area as a landmark for future generations.
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From the Hub, proceed west on Center Boulevard. Turn left on Redwood Road. Look for a sign on the right, park safely, and follow a very steep trail up to the preserve. Another access is to park at Phoenix Lake in Ross and come up over Bald Hill. A third is to go west from the Hub on Sir Francis Drake to the town of Fairfax. Turn left on Pastori, make the first right onto Broadway, and then turn left onto Bolinas. Drive about 0.5 mile, then turn left onto Porteous Avenue. The road almost immediately splits (this junction is unsigned); bear right to remain on Porteous. Drive about 0.5 mile to the end of the road. Park at Deer Park School. Walk around the school to the left and take the trail that goes uphill to the left. When you reach Worn Springs Fire Road at the top, turn right. The preserve will be on your left. Recommended Walk
DOGS: Dogs are permitted on leash. No more than three dogs per person. Please clean up after your dog. No poop bags, trash cans, or water are available.