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.
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.
- 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!