Let Those Dogs (And Humans) Run Free (Legally!)

Question: Where in the Heart of Marin can your dog(s) and you! run free?

Answer: “Crown Road” aka http://www.marincounty.org/~/media/Images/Departments/PK/Open%20Space/Baltimore%20Canyon/Map%203%20Baltimore073114.pdf

A semi-secret spot on the Eastward down slope of Mt. Tam. Choose the flat fire road trail (at the start of the trailhead off Crown Road) to let your dogs run free off leash…if you veer off to the left or right from the fire road, the steep but incredible switchback trails will grant you a true “deep in the woods” vibe (on these trails there is a leash requirement). The fall is the perfect time for this trail- the wet, earthy, beautiful decaying leaves smell is medicine for the busy overworked soul…

After a run in at Bon Tempe Lake with a Ranger who nearly ticketed me for having my dogs off leash (luckily I “only” got a “warning” only because I had just gotten stung by a bee and was in a bit of a panic since I have had anaphylactic reaction to a bee sting before but was just fine this time with a small localized swell) I happily made the trek up Evergreen with Ella and Murphy.

To get to “Crown Road” in Kent/Woodlands (coming from The College of Marin in Kentfield) go down College Ave. and turn right just after Woodlands Market on Woodland. Ave. and make a left onto Evergreen. Once you get to the top after all the twists and turns of Evergreen Road, you’ll be deeply rewarded by the majestic vista’s of Mt. Tam and the Valley below that outstretches through Larkspur to the Bay.


As a photographer, writer, psychotherapist and nature lover, I am passionate about living in Marin County, CA. The perfect home base, Fairfax, CA is where I get out daily on the miles and miles of open space and find inspiration and plot my next journey out of Marin into the world. More about Mary... Mary is a New York Native who has been living in Northern CA for the past 20 years. She is a "Creative Image Photographer" infusing digital images with innovative techniques. Her favorite spot to take photos is muddled amidst the trees of Marin County CA, or in an exotic urban environment near the ocean, under the sky, and completely in awe. Mary's goal is to capture this scenery, to reach into the mystery of life, into the everyday magic, use the light and the dark as guides, delve into the chaos or the quiet and capture and whittle away at these snapshots, without disrupting their original essence, until they come alive and rich with depth and mood. Her mission is to create unique works of art that bring this depth, mystery, upheaval or serenity to people's walls and homes and ultimately that her work becomes a catalyst to help shift onlookers mood and outlook even if for a moment in time. Her work has been described as dreamy, ethereal, mysterious and mythical and yet also simple and straightforward. Currently her photos are on display at Google Headquarters in California.

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