Formerly Taylor Mountain Open Space Preserve, this is Sonoma County's newest regional park. A prominent county landmark, Taylor Mountain provides sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain, and its oak woodlands, meadows, wetlands and springs are habitat for a variety of wildlife.
The site now has 4 miles of dirt trails along two routes, one of which leads up the mountain. This will be the trail we will be following. On a clear day we can find stunning views of the Santa Rosa Plain, as well as all the prominent surrounding mountains (including St. Helena, the Palisades, Sonoma, Hood, Bald, and Tamalpais).
It will be a great morning workout! It is a good idea to bring your hiking poles for this hike. This trail is steep and can be very challenging.
On the way back we will be taking the Western Trail which will take us all the way back to the parking lot in a gradual manner.
The park is located in Santa Rosa. Its interim entrance is on Kawana Terrace, off of Kawana Springs Road just east of Petaluma Hill Road.
We can meet at 8:35 am in front of BevMo facing Kawana Terrace and car pool from there to the park. There is a $7.00 fee parking fee at the park.
Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below. It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.
We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace and we just keep going! If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions. If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight. Our pace averages 2.5mph. We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group. Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy.
TO BRING: YOU! glorious hiker person you – dying to hit the trails and laugh, talk, sweat and enjoy in a group of like minded Wanderers… Oh yeah, and you should always bring your hiking safety essentials as well as layered clothing, water and food appropriate to the outing as mentioned below.
Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details. Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.
Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail. It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival. You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.
Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
Duration: 2-2.5 hours
Facilities: Portable restrooms in the parking lot
Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.
We will not be taking a break as this is such a short hike.
Bring your smile and great attitude! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!
See you on the trail!