Barnabe Peak Loop (Moderate) 6 miles 1300 feet

  • February 18, 2013 · 9:30 AM
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  It is a 6 mile loop with a significant altitude gain of 1300 feet. This is the best hike in the S. Taylor State Park.  We do a 6 mile version monthly..that leads through a ferny mossy bay forest, passes by a spur to a seasonal waterfall, and then bags the summit of Barnabe Peak at 1,466 feet. The majority of the climb is gradual with pleasant switchbacks but the last 20 minutes to the top will get your heart rate up! This is a good hike if you want to bring wine.   

Here is a link to the parks brochure. 

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/469/files/SamuelPTaylorBrochure2011.pdf

Directions from E. Washington St. exit from 101 in Petaluma

 1. Head southwest on E Washington St toward Edith St     0.2 mi

2. Take the 3rd left onto Lakeville St     0.1 mi

3. Take the 1st right onto E D St     4.8 mi  

4. Continue onto Petaluma Point Reyes Rd/Point Reyes Petaluma Rd/Red Hill Rd Continue to follow Point Reyes Petaluma Rd/Red Hill Rd     7.7 mi

5. Turn left onto Nicasio Valley Rd     3.4 mi

6. Turn right to stay on Nicasio Valley Rd     4.3 mi

7. Turn right onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd     2.6 mi  

8. Continue for one mile beyond the main entrance. Please note...you do not enter the park!!  Go past the park entrance by appx. 1 mile.  Park in the dirt pullout across the road from Devil's Gulch Horse Camp.

      

As always:

  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments.
  • Give yourself time to find the trailhead 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. 
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: Appx 4 hours
  • Facilities:  None are mentioned, I would make a bathroom stop prior to arrival at the trailhead
  • Dogs?:  None allowed by the park.
  • We go rain or shine! (unless of course the weather is so bad it wouldn't be safe)
  • 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.
  • Bring a snack and something to sit on.  We will stop at the top for a snack!
  • Always try to car-pool if you can.  If there is a noted car pool that is full or doesn’t work for you it would be wonderful if posted your own on the hike’s comments spot.  And car poolers if you are riding with someone other than your leader please chip in for gas and the use of car.
  • Bring your smile and great attitude!  Once again....this is not about finishing the hike in record time...it's about enjoying ourselves and the outdoors!

 

Car pool etiquette- Come prepared to drive, be aware that there may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. We determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up.  We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work!

Then PLEASE if possible try to use the two locations below. The more location

s we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.

Car pool locations:

Coddingtown Library parking lot suggested leave at 8:30

Petaluma-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 9

General room of thumb...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!

 

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  • Amy H.

    I really like Bill's trail and the lunch stop on the top, but I always go down Bill's trail too because the fire road is too steep of a downhill for me.

    February 20, 2013

  • Leigh

    Good ole Barnabe! It's one trail that never fails to delight ....no matter what the weather is. Whether we are huddled up seeking shelter at the top or if we can spread out soaking in the views and sun! Thank you to all you "hardy souls" that joined me today! We know who the tough ones are!!

    1 · February 18, 2013

    • Amy H.

      Hiking in the cold makes you work even harder so I found it exhilarating, but I can't stand hiking in rain.

      February 20, 2013

  • Stan S.

    Love the hike, however, can you please make arrangements for less wind or a hot tub for the next time. Thank you.

    2 · February 19, 2013

    • Amy H.

      If you sat in a hot tub on the top you would feel even colder or do you mean an inside hot tub? LOL!

      February 20, 2013

  • Don

    This was a great way to get back into hiking after my bout with the flu and cold. Especially with my good friends, new and old.
    Thanks for a great hike Leigh and everyone. (BTW, I did have enough energy to stop at Irish Springs Brewery in Fairfax afterwards. Next time, please join me.)

    1 · February 19, 2013

  • Christy Vandever S.

    Lani and I had so much fun! Thank you for the warm welcome he received-he understands now why this group is such a key part of my week. Wanderers rocks

    2 · February 18, 2013

  • Dustin H.

    The hike up could have found the trail impassable, but someone before had brought a chainsaw and cleared dozens of fallen trees, leaving us free to admire bright red fungi among the green ferns and forest duff. Hardly a bit of blue showed through the scudding clouds...and the cold wind bit through our layers at lunch, driving us from our usual perch to the shelter of a cinder-block wall: new views! Chilling by the remnants of wind that still found us fought with warming from the good food, friends, and laughter....and eventually won, driving us shivering down the mountain to where exercise and lower altitude restored us.

    Nice place to hike, but the company made it wonderful.

    Thanks to you all.

    2 · February 18, 2013

  • Kathy

    This is always a beautiful hike. It was a bit cold and windy at the top but the breat company and the wine were enough to keep me warm. :)

    2 · February 18, 2013

  • Amy H.

    Lots of trees to protect from the wind and the sun.

    1 · February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is anyone going to meet at Petaluma -- except me? Should we meet a few minutes before 9?

    February 18, 2013

    • Kathy

      Cecilia - I am going straight to the Trail Head - can't speak for anyone else

      February 18, 2013

  • Kathy

    Will not make it to carpool point. See you at the trailhead.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm getting a cold, hope to join you next time

    February 17, 2013

  • Beverly H.

    I won't be participating in this hike tomorrow. Just returned from Costa Rica with a cold and sniffles. Another time. Have a great hike.

    February 17, 2013

  • John

    I'm going to stay home and nurse a sick cat.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    carpool from Petaluma

    February 17, 2013

  • Christy Vandever S.

    Clay and I are meeting up for a Novato carpool. My older son will be with me as we'll, but I still have room for 2 more. I propose a Novato carpool at 8:45 meeting at the Park & Ride off of Rowland I anyone is interested.

    February 17, 2013

  • Christy Vandever S.

    +1

    February 17, 2013

  • Leigh

    Hi Barnabe hikers...Wine drinker?? This is a great hike to sit, enjoy the views and sip some wine with your lunch! By the time you reach lunch you are well past half way and the return trip to the car is all down hill! I'll bring a bottle and I hope that you will too...don't forget your cups!
    There will be a Petaluma and Coddingtown car pool as listed above. So far it looks like we have both sites being used.

    February 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm driving from Berkeley not sure where to meet from directions given. I think there is more than one entrance to park . Can u clarify where the meeting point is . Thank you

    February 17, 2013

    • Leigh

      Hi Madelene,

      February 17, 2013

    • Leigh

      I believe that the directions would work for you from Sir Francis Drake and Nicasio Valley rd. intersection.. There is only one entrance to the park but as you read the directions..you will see we are NOT meeting at the entrance..see you there!

      February 17, 2013

  • Moira B.

    Folks I have a wicked cold & need to sit this out

    February 17, 2013

  • Moira B.

    Folks I have a wicked cold & need to sit this out

    February 17, 2013

  • Brigitte D.

    So sorry, I won't be able to make it.

    February 16, 2013

  • Kathy

    Meet up @ Petaluma. What time?

    February 14, 2013

  • ted w.

    I'm going to do Annadel on Sunday instead.

    February 14, 2013

  • Shirley D.

    Coddingtown carpool?

    February 14, 2013

  • Elaine d.

    I'll catch you on this one next month.....have fun!

    February 13, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    I'm sorry to change my RSVP but my family is coming to visit.

    February 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Rebuilding the fence instead!

    February 13, 2013

  • Shirley D.

    Looking forward to some different views.

    February 5, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    Looking forward to this hike. I'd love to carpool from the Lucky store in Petaluma if anyone is interested.

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    A great way to spend a day off of work.

    February 4, 2013

  • Dustin H.

    Petaluma carpool unless I can fill up in Sonoma

    February 3, 2013

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