We have poison oak all over the place in Marin County. This is something you do NOT want to experience. If you venture off the trails or fire roads, there is a good chance you will come across poison oak, particularly in the damper, forested areas. You can't always depend on a sign like this one warning you of this danger.
If you come in contact with poison oak, wash the contacted skin area off with soap and water as soon as possible. That might avert the burning rash.
Actually 3 words.
Don't do it!
Our ecosystem in the open spaces of San Rafael is very fragile. Damage and scars caused by foot traffic or mountain bikes off designated trails and fire roads take years to repair.
See link below for more information on the type of damage the area has suffered.
Sudden oak death has killed hundreds and has infected thousands of tanoaks and coast live oaks in Marin County and surrounding counties. The culprit is Phytophthora ramorum, a relative of the fungus that caused the Irish potato famine.
At this time, there is no known cure.
It is recommended that after hiking, bicycling or driving through the hills, you wash dirt and mud from shoes, bicycles and cars before leaving the area.
Winters in San Rafael usually get quite a lot of rain. Trails that were dry in the summer are often muddy and wet in the winter.
This creekbed is completely dry in the summer. Now, in January, it is practically a flood zone.
Previous people have posted : "The only dangerous area is the cannel. I do not recomend walking around this area at night, unless you are mexican. This tip is not ment to be racist, it's just that the cannel is almost 100% mexican. "
1. You may not be trying to be intentionally racist BUT YOU ARE. You are posting that the presence of people who are Mexican is a danger. It is scary to think that someone in California in this day and age is frightened of people, tremble tremble, who look different than you.
2. I go to a wonderful taqueria there, "Taqueria San Jose" the best mexican food in all of Marin. I have never felt worried for my safety. I park directly under the freeway (in the canal you speak of) and walk to the nearby restaurant. Never had a problem.
3. Everyone should be cautious walking alone at night in any city.
There are some parts of San Rafael that are so rural they use cows to set up traffic stops. I advise declining the field sobriety test if they insist upon it.
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