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Taylor Mountain

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Trail

5.1 mile 8.2 kilometer loop
Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 1,155' 352 m
Descent: -1,154' -352 m
High: 1,360' 414 m
Low: 206' 63 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)

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Trail shared by Kristen Arendt

A lovely short hike with great views and oak forest trails.

Kristen Arendt

Features Birding · River/Creek · Views · Wildlife

Family Friendly This trail has trees to climb, cows roaming the property, and plenty of places to stop for a picnic.

Overview

This route features sweeping views overlooking the Santa Rosa area and is a great option for a morning or afternoon hike.

Need to Know

$7 parking fee or Sonoma County Regional Parks Pass. Remember these trails are four-legged friendly, including horse and dogs, as well as mountain bike friendly, so please be courteous to your fellow trail users.

Description

Access this trail from the large parking area and trailhead on Petaluma Hill Road. When entering the parking lot from Petaluma Hill Road, head left (north) for day passenger vehicle parking. RV & Horse Trailer parking is offered by turning right (south) when entering the parking lot.

The hike begins on the Redtail Trail which can be found along the north end of the parking lot next to the picnic benches and bathrooms. The trail jaunts through various small rocks while offering a variety of trees and wildlife. This trail acts as a gateway to the rest of Taylor Mountain.

From the Redtail Trail, take a left on the short Connector Trail to head up to the Western Route Trail. Stay to the right at the next two junctions, and you'll find yourself hiking on the Western Route Trail through an open meadow. In the spring, keep an eye open for wildflowers.

Stay right at the next junction, and the Western Route Trail will come to a four-way intersection with the Eastern Route Trail heading to your right and left, and the Sky Lupine Trail continuing on straight ahead. You'll want to take a right here to continue your climb on the Eastern Route Trail toward Taylor Mountain.

This section of the hike will be a bit challenging, but don't worry as you'll soon be coming to a viewpoint where you can stop and catch your breath. The Eastern Route Trail ends just shy of the Taylor Mountain summit, and from here you can enjoy sweeping views of Santa Rosa and beyond.

Once you are done taking in the views, retrace your steps back down to the Redtail Trail where you can take a left to finish off the loop and return to the parking area.

History & Background

The park property historically was used for ranching, and cattle grazing continues in the park.

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Jan 22, 2019
Nilah Pearson
Lots of geocaching to do! 5.2mi
May 13, 2018
Seth Appel
1 hour 40 min 5 miles east trail out, west trail back very pastoral (cattle grazing territory) moderate hike easy terrain with some steep inclin… 5mi
Apr 21, 2018
Lauren Bergstedt
Dec 9, 2017
Ann Marie Snell
Feb 12, 2017
Sonlay Nicholas
6.2mi
Aug 16, 2016
Sierra Overton
4.2mi

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  3.9 from 8 votes

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Greater Santa Rosa area. Green field in the upper right is the Sonoma County Fair Grounds Horse Race Track.
Nov 21, 2015 near Roseland, CA

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