|Randy Wood, Brian Crawford, René Voss,
Jim Poindexter and Peter Lavaroni
|Trail before reconsturction|
Once proposed for a housing development, this lovely but little-known 14-acre hilltop park was eventually protected and donated to the Town by C. Fredrick Faudé in 1973. There are no amenities in this park, but a fire road and numerous trails invite exploring or just admiring the views. This hidden jewel offers some of the best views in San Anselmo.
From the south entrance at the corner of Oakland and Alderney Avenues, a newly-restored sign and flight of steps leads up through a grassy meadow and a steep oak and madrone forest to the south summit of the park, giving views of Memorial Park, Red Hill, and San Anselmo.
From the north entrance on Tomahawk Drive, a short walk up a shady fire road leads to the high point of the park and a sweeping view of Sir Francis Drake High School just below. This hill has been known to generations of Drake students as “D” Hill because it was traditional for the new seniors to put a big chalk “D” on the grassy hillside. It offers stunning views of White’s Hill, Pine Mountain, Fairfax, Bald Hill, and Mount Tamalpais, with San Francisco and Oakland sparkling in the distance. It’s a perfect place to walk the dog or watch a sunset.
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South Entrance: From the Hub, proceed west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Turn right on San Francisco Boulevard, then the first left onto Alderney Avenue. Bear right to the corner of Oakland Avenue and park off the road.
North Entrance: From the Hub, proceed west on Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. Turn right on Broadmoor Avenue to its end. Turn right on Indian Rock to its end. Turn right onto Tomahawk and park near where it turns into Elkhorn Way.
A neighborhood volunteer group, the Friends of Faudé Park, maintains the trails, sign, and bridges of the park and pulls broom and other invasive plants. If you’d like to help, Contact René Voss (415-446-9027) or Brian Crawford (415-454-3439).
E-mail Brian Brian@BrianCrawford.info to get on the mailing list.
West Entrance: Only locals know about the west entrance to the park. Take Drake to Broadmoor, then turn right onto Brookside Drive. Stone Court is a cul-de-sac on the left. Follow a series of secret and very steep stairways all the way to the top.
DOGS: Dogs are permitted off leash. Do not allow your dog to chase wildlife or harass other park visitors. Please clean up after your dog. Trash cans are at the north and south entrances and at the north summit. No poop bags or water are available.