Faudé Park in San Anselmo


FAUDÉ PARK San Anselmo bench

Faudé Park is a little-known gem tucked away in the town of San Anselmo, just off San Francisco Boulevard in one of my favorite family-friendly neighborhoods in Marin County. The 14-acre park was donated to the town by C. Frederick Faudé (complete history below) and features beautiful views of Mt. Tamalpais, San Anselmo and even a peek of the San Francisco skyline on clear days. This is a quick 30-minute up and down hike, great for watching sunsets or a quick break in the middle of the day. It is never crowded and parking is fairly easy.

I hiked to the top after my nearby open house at 195 San Francisco Boulevard and had the whole park to myself. I worked up a little sweat going up the steep incline, but was rewarded with a beautiful view at the top and a lovely bench upon which to enjoy it.

Important note: Faudé Park is a neighborhood park, meaning there is no designated parking, no garbage cans, no dog bags, no restrooms and no water. You will need to take home everything you bring in. Please be considerate of the neighbors who live near this park – keep noise at a minimum, do not block driveways, and give a friendly wave as you navigate the narrow neighborhood streets.


Access to Faudé Park is fairly easy, and possible from three different locations. For the purposes of this article, I will focus on the access located at the intersections of Oakland Avenue and Alderney Road in San Anselmo. If you are on a mobile device, you may click the blue navigation button below to launch Google Maps navigation to this location.

There is also access from the north side of the park at the intersection of Tomahawk and Elkhorn Way. From the west side of the park there is reportedly a stairway up from Stone Court. I have not tried either of these methods of access.

As you approach the intersection of Oakland Avenue and Alderney Road, you will see a “pull over” spot on the right with room for 1-2 small cars. Some articles suggest driving up Oakland Avenue and parking up there, but I would not suggest that. It is a narrow road and parking is at a premium up there. Alderney is wide and has several spaces across from the park, so that may be your best bet. Everyone I saw as I was trying to figure out the parking gave me a friendly smile.

Once you park, the trailhead is very obvious, marked by a large sign. You may scroll down to the trail walkthrough below to see photos of the hike.


  • Gorgeous views: Mt. Tamalpais, San Anselmo, even a peek of the San Francisco skyline on clear days
  • About 15 minutes up and 15 minutes down, total 30 minute hike
  • Fairly strenuous with stairs and steep path along with a few plateaus
  • No wheelchair access
  • No drinking fountains, restrooms or garbage facilities
  • Dogs off leash OK but make sure they do not disturb the local wildlife – click here for a list of dog-friendly hiking locations
  • Watch dogs especially during coyote mating season
  • Excellent cell service
  • No observed poison oak near path. Brush is cleared from the path so less worry about ticks.
  • Quiet neighborhood – please be respectful of neighbors when parking. Keep noise to a minimum.


Faudé Park is named after C. Frederick Faudé who donated it to the town of San Anselmo on December 11, 1973, with the stipulation that it be preserved for public use and bear his name in perpetuity. Faudé lived On Waverly Place in the Seminary neighborhood of San Anselmo with his partner, restaurateur Louis Foerster and operated a successful antiques an fine art dealer, with showrooms in San Francisco and Sausalito. According to an obituary at the time of his death at age 96, “Faude was a benefactor to the Asian Art Museum in San Francisco, which has a room in his name, and he donated the country’s largest collection of painter Grace Hudson’s works of Native Americans to the Palm Springs Museum, according to his attorney. Praetzel estimated that Mr. Faude left an estate in excess of $3 million, most of which is going to charities he supported during his lifetime, including Hospice of Marin, which named its new building after him as well as Guide Dogs for the Blind and the Trust for Public Land. At the time it was bequeathed to the town, Faude Park was considered the town’s premiere piece of open space…valued at $42,000.”

Originally slated for housing development, the 14-acre parcel has been a favorite spot for Marinites for almost a half-century now. In the 1970s San Anselmo’s mayor proposed that the park be designated “clothing optional” however that was protested by residents and shouted down at a town council meeting.

For many years, it was a tradition that the incoming senior class at Sir Francis Drake High School would chalk an enormous “D” and their graduation year on what is now known as “D Hill,” the grassy hillside on the west side of the park.

Today the park is enjoyed by all who visit, thanks to the generous donation of Mr. Faude as well as the continued maintenance and upkeep by a neighborhood volunteer group, the Friends of Faude Park. They have cleared Scotch Broom, built the steps that lead up from Oakland Avenue, and installed the sign that marks the park. If you would like to help, please contact René Voss at 415-446-9027 or Brian Crawford at 415-454-3439.

Please click here to read more about the history of Faude Park.

There are a variety of hikes one can take from the Crown Road trailhead depending on amount of time and other factors. This hike takes about 1.5 hours and provides a good workout and scenic views. Highlighted above in yellow is the first half of the loop, the Hoo Koo E. Koo Trail, which then joins the Blithedale Ridge Fire Road and then loops back (highlighted in red) to the Crown Road trailhead on the Southern Marin Line Fire Road.


After parking, begin the ascent on the path using the stairs. Stay on the trail at all times. The trail will lead up and though it is not marked, it is fairly obvious where it leads. About half way up you will see a split in the trail – keep left to go to the view bench and to continue on the trail. Return the way you came.

Please scroll down to see the visual walkthrough below.


View of trailhead to Faude Park

View of the Entrance to the Park at the Intersection of Oakland Avenue and Alderney Road

Faude Park Sign in San Anselmo

A Set of Well-Maintained Stairs Leads Up to the Right

View down from Faude Park

Looking Back Down the Stairs – The View Begins to Emerge

Tire swing on Faude Park trail

This Tire Swing Made Me Smile – It Harkens Back to a Simpler Time and Reminded Me of How Family-Friendly This Neighborhood Is

hiking trail fork

Turn Left Here at the Fork in the Trail

View of Drake High School from Faude Park San Anselmo

You Will Come to a Clearing With a Beautiful View West Towards Sir Francis Drake High School

Steep trail at Faude park

Next is the Steepest Part of the Trail – Almost Straight Up. I Regretted I Hadn’t Worn Better Shoes for This Part

View of Mt. Tamalpais

At the Top of the Big Hill, You’re Rewarded With This View of Mt. Tam!

Top of hill

The Trail Flattens Out – This Shaded Meadow is a Pleasant Respite on a Warm Day

Trail in San Anselmo

We Begin Our Gentle Climb Again Towards the Next Plateau

FAUDÉ PARK San Anselmo bench

Here is the Reward – A Wonderful Spot to Contemplate the Beauty of Marin County!

FAUDÉ PARK San Anselmo trail

You Can Continue Hiking to One of the Other Park Exits If You Wish – Otherwise Head Back the Way You Came

FAUDÉ PARK panoramic view of Drake High School

We Are Fortunate to Live in Marin County!

I hope you have enjoyed reading my article about Faudé Park.  If this is your first visit to my Marin Real Estate and Lifestyle Blog, please take a moment to  look at my other articles. They all feature original essays about the things that make Marin County such a great place to live — restaurants, hikes, and even profiles of those who live here. Also in my blog is my monthly Marin real estate market update.

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