On February 8, 2023, the Marin Open Space Trust (MOST) purchased and then conveyed the 60-acre Bald Hill property to the Marin County Open Space District (MCOSD). The land, which includes Bald Hill’s iconic, scenic summit and the hill’s eastern face, will be permanently protected and accessible to the public for recreational use.
The land will become an addition to the existing 46-acre Bald Hill Open Space Preserve, and MOST is now working with the county to assess trail conditions and make improvements for public access.
For decades, Bald Hill had been a top acquisition priority for local towns, the MCOSD, and land conservation organizations. The land was zoned for estate lots and its development had always been a possibility.
Last fall, MOST began its campaign to raise funds for purchasing the property. On October 11, 2022, the MCOSD voted to purchase the Bald Hill property from MOST for $850,000. MOST then worked to raise the $1.25 million balance. The campaign was led by MOST, Ross Town Council Member Elizabeth Robbins, and Ross resident Dan Kalafatas.
MOST is grateful to the project’s generous individual donors, the Towns of Ross and San Anselmo, the Tamalpais Conservation Club, and the MCOSD for this successful fundraising campaign.
Highly visible, 1,132-foot Bald Hill is a spectacular backdrop to the Ross Valley. The 360-degree view from Bald Hill’s summit is phenomenal—to Mt Tamalpais and all of Marin, to San Francisco and San Pablo Bays, and to the prominent peaks in the East and North Bay.
The property borders Marin Municipal Water District (MMWD) lands to the west and south, and is a gateway to more than 100,000 acres of protected land. Worn Springs Road, a MMWD fire road, traverses the western section of the land, making the summit accessible from trails originating in many of Marin’s communities. The land connects with hundreds of miles of trails, extending all the way to Pt. Reyes National Seashore and the Golden Gate Bridge.
The land’s terrain—habitat for fox, bobcat, and other wildlife— spans rolling hills of open grassland and chaparral near the summit to steep slopes and creek drainages with native forests of redwood, oak, bay, buckeye, and madrone.
|Preserves an iconic view and bucolic setting|
|Protects the summit and 60 undeveloped acres|
|Provides exceptional recreational opportunities|
|Links trails and 100,000 acres of open space|
|Conserves a large expanse of pristine native habitat|
Since its founding, MOST has completed nine land protection projects, including three conservation easements acquisitions and six land acquisitions.