Hike the Taylor Mountain Loop
San Francisco › Western Route Trailhead
Added by Ali Van Houten
This steep hike puts you up above the Santa Rosa plain, with sweeping views of Sonoma County and beyond.
From the northern entrance to the park, you can access an 18-hole disc golf course as well as a number of trails. The Eastern Trail takes you up a steep 1,000 feet to the top of Taylor Mountain, where you can see most of Sonoma County laid out before you. Mt. St. Helena is visible in the distance as well. This makes a great brisk 1-2 hour hike, or even a steep trail run if you're in good shape. You can also make a loop out of it via the Western Trail, a more gentle ascent to the peak.
Besides the usual suspects—hawks, turkeys, lizards—you may also see some cattle that freely roam the grassy hillsides. Dogs are allowed on leash only. Parking is $7 or free for regional pass holders, but there's also plenty of spots along the road that are free for non-pass holders.
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A great scenic hike for a quick escape from reality.
Taylor Mountain offers a short and sweet hike, with a relaxing view to accompany it. If your are an avid hiker this trail should take no longer than 30-40 minutes from the bottom of the Petaluma Hill Road parking lot. So bring a camera and a water bottle, and enjoy an escape from your everyday routine.
Thanks for recommending this hike! I just went today with my dog. He's such a couch potato, but it was really nice to get him outside and active on a nice hike. It was a perfect time to do this hike because it was cloudy but had a light breeze. The sun would poke out a few times to make it a little warm, but the hike was enjoyable. I can't see myself doing this during the hot summer though. A couple times it was pretty steep going up, but not bad. Popular trail. View is amazing at several parts of the hike. I like that there were restrooms at the parking lot and dog bags -- convenient. Beware of poison oak in some spots. Also, cows are around. We were in close proximity to a bull -- I was kind of terrified -- but all went well and kept my dog close to my side. It took us a total of 2 hours to do this hike. We parked on the left side just before the designated parking lot for Taylor Mountain. FREE.
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