MCBC Off-Road Victory Azalea Hill Project Approved

MCBC’s vision for an off-road connection between Mt. Tamalpais and Pine Mountain is moving forward, as Marin Municipal Water District’s Board of Directors on May 14 unanimously voted to approve the Azalea Hill project!

When complete, bicyclists will be able to ride through the Phoenix Lake and Lake Lagunitas areas up onto Pine Mountain along a beautiful trail skirting the edge of Alpine Lake, all without having to ride on Fairfax-Bolinas Road! It’s a true win-win project that will deliver both safety and ecological benefits.

Thanks to everyone who came out to speak in support of this multi-year effort, and MCBC’s whole team of Off-Road advocates!

next steps

Following a 30-day comment period, MMWD will issue final approval and then begin working toward implementation. While the MCBC Trail Stewards Program will provide volunteers to help with trail construction, funding will be needed to move the project forward for several aspects of the project, including permitting, construction of multiple bridges, habitat restoration, and trail enhancements.

We are confident that work will begin this summer. Watch for updates in the coming months to see how you can help make this new trail a reality!

project information

MCBC has worked since 2011 to win access to Azalea Hill (above the Meadow Club Golf Course) to give mountain bikers an alternative to Bolinas-Fairfax Road between the Mt. Tam Watershed and Pine Mountain via a connection skirting the edge of Alpine Lake. The project will remove 4.5 miles of social trail that currently fragment over 100 acres of Serpentine habitat and provide a safe, off-road alternative to the current route, which requires riding up Bolinas-Fairfax Road on a 1.3 mile stretch of winding, narrow road with no shoulder.

Check out this video for a glimpse of Liberty Gulch Road, which will be improved and adopted as a multi-use trail to provide the new off-road connection!


We’re excited to build on this momentum with several more projects that will increase access and improve trail connectivity, headlined by our campaign to create new gravel and mountain biking opportunities in Pt. Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s public lands and on Big Rock Ridge. Are you with us?

MCBC’s work to make bicycling more safe, fun, and accessible relies on your generous giving. Please support the organization making your rides better by joining us today, or making a one-time or recurring gift to MCBC’s Off-Road Program.

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