Coast redwood literally floating in the air on Mt. Tam.
403-acre preserve links with Gary Giacomini and Roy’s Redwoods Preserves to protect much of the Lagunitas Creek area, critical habitat of wild coho salmon. Deep forests of redwood, Douglas fir, oak and tanoak that are rich in wildlife. Rare “serpentine endemic” plants, including Tiburon buckwheat, Tamalpais lessingia and serpentine reedgrass.
Just west of Larkspur, Baltimore Canyon Open Space Preserve lies at the headwaters of Larkspur Creek. It encompasses a mixed hardwood and second-growth redwood forest that shelters one of the prettiest canyons in the San Francisco Bay Area. Any trip to the preserve demands a visit to Dawn Falls, a beautiful 25-foot cascade. The falls are a dramatic torrent of whitewater after a storm, and flow throughout the year.
A town called Taylorville grew up around his mill, which devoured a lush stand of redwoods. But some groves were spared, and you can see them today in 2,800-acre Samuel P. Taylor State Park. Redwoods and firs grow along Lagunitas Creek and its north-facing slopes, while chaparral and grassy meadows dominate the south-facing side of the canyon.