Marin County hiker says he was attacked by jogger after asking him to wear mask

Phoenix Lake
(Los Angeles Times)

A jogger on a Marin County trail allegedly assaulted a hiker who told him to wear a face mask.

The hiker, a 59-year-old Larkspur man, reported the incident at about 10 a.m. Wednesday. He said it happened at Phoenix Lake near Ross.

The man said he and his wife were on the Gertrude Ord Trail when a maskless jogger approached, said Jeanne Mariani-Belding, spokeswoman for the Marin Municipal Water District.

The hiker asked the jogger to cover his face because of the pandemic. The jogger spurned the request and allegedly shoved the hiker in the face, knocking him to the ground, Mariani-Belding said.


Rangers were unable to locate the jogger. According to the water district, the hiker described the attacker as a white and in his early 20s with brown hair, a light-colored shirt and black vest.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the district rangers’ office at (415) 945-3075.