Makin Grade Trail, San Rafael

Oakwood Open Space

In 2017 MOST acquired 3.1 wooded acres in Gerstle Park’s hilly neighborhood and transferred the property to the City of San Rafael as an addition to Oakwood Open Space. Local residents Tamra Peters and Bill Carney spearheaded the preservation project and generously underwrote MOST’s $399,000 purchase. The wooded property provides a trail connection from the end of Greenwood Avenue to 33 acres of city-owned open space straddling the Ross border. Known as the Makin Grade Trail, it follows the historic 1879 route of the old San Rafael-Bolinas stagecoach line through a bay and redwood forest.

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