This year, I’m trying to spend as much time as possible out in nature. So I was excited to find a new 6-mile loop that is only a short drive from home.
Mezue Trail / San Pablo Ridge Trail / Belgum Trail
This hike starts with a steep descent. After climbing about 700 feet on the Mezue trail, you’ll reach the San Pablo Ridge. This is the highlight of the hike because you get a 360-degree view of the rolling pastures of Wildcat Canyon, and see Mount Tamalpais across the Bay. On the descent, you’ll pass by the site of the Belgum Sanitarium, a private treatment center for mental disorders founded in 1914. The sanitarium has since burned down; all that’s left is bits of foundation and some out-of-place palm trees. The last 3rd of the hike is flat concrete and you’ll need to climb back up to the trailhead.
There are almost always raptors hunting in Wildcat Canyon. You’ll see a lot of cows grazing here, who are part of a program to manage invasive vegetation. I’ve seen coyotes hanging out among the cows.
Tags: Nature, Personal