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.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Water
  • Sunglasses
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RT Distance 1.5 Miles
Elevation Gain 1000 Feet
Activities Running, Hiking, Fitness
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Trail Type Loop
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic
Wildlife

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Great little hilly hike!

I live nearby and can definitely say it's uncomfortably hot and exposed mid-summer! It's best in spring or fall on overcast days, when it's been moist and the wildflowers are in bloom!

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.

Great Quick hike

I hike this frequently as I work less than a mile away, it's a great little hike! If I don't have time to go to the top I just do the first steep hill on the Eastern trail and back around.


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