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Barnabe Peak and Bill's Trail 9 miles

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Barnabe Peak and Bill's Trail is one of my all-time favorite hikes.

Intermediate loop with some strenuous areas
~9 miles with 1600 ft. elev. gain

No dogs allowed on the trails in this park.

Hiking directions: 

Start at the parking area alongside Sir Francis Drake Blvd accross from the Devil's Gulch entrance.

1. Take the trail along Lagunitas Creek (walking upstream) toward Sam Taylor Park main entrance.

2. Cross the bridge to the right, stop for bathroom break.

3. Turn LEFT on the Pioneer Tree Trail (at the bridge)

4. Take a RIGHT up into the canyon to continue on the Pioneer Tree Trail through the park.

5. Turn right on Cross Marin Trail (bike path) and cross the bridge that goes over the road.

6. Continue on Cross Marin Trail (go past the trail on the left that says to Devil's Gulch).

7. Turn LEFT on Barnabe Fire Rd. All the way to the TOP! (1,600 feet)

8. Lunch at the fire lookout on the peak

9. Continue on Barnabe Fire Rd. for a short distance about 1-3 minutes

10. Turn RIGHT on Bill’s Trail Be CAREFUL not to miss this trail! It's the best part.

11. After about a mile, the turnoff for Stairstep Falls will be on the right. Unless there has been recent rain, it will be dry. This out-and-back detour takes about 5 minutes each way.

12. Continue to Devil's Gulch. Then cross the bridge and go LEFT to follow the creek back to the cars.

Trail Map

~10:15am meet at Devil's Gulch parking area on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.

Driving directions: 
Davis Park and Ride to Samuel Taylor State Park (Devil’s Gulch)
1. Take I-80 W toward San Francisco - 41.2 mi
2. Take the exit onto CA-37 W toward San Rafael - 19.0 mi
3. Take the Atherton Ave exit - 0.1 mi
4. Turn left at Atherton Ave - 3.2 mi
5. Continue on San Marin Dr - 2.7 mi
6. Turn right at Novato Blvd - 6.3 mi
7. Turn Left on Pt. Reyes-Petaluma Rd.
8. Continue on Point Reyes Petaluma Rd - 6.8 mi
9. After passing the reservoir, at a point where Pt Reyes-Petaluma Rd. makes a right turn, go straight on Platform Bridge Rd - 2.4 mi
10. Turn left at Sir Francis Drake Blvd and go 2.3 miles.
Park at the dirt parking area on the right. If you pass the road for Devil’s Gulch, you just passed it.
Limited space at the trailhead, so please park tightly.

 

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  • Jeff K

    Loved this hike and it was a good alternative to Fiske Peak in the heat. The work out to the peak seemed more than 1544 feet but felt great. Bills Trail is the bomb! Thank you all you hikers for making this a great day. Especially loved that others from another group joined us when they couldn't find their group. Thanks Shannon for allowing the others to join us.

    June 3, 2013

  • Steve G

    Great hike. Fun group of hikers, as always. Thanks Shannon for organizing. Now just waiting to see if the poison oak hits me!

    June 2, 2013

  • Laura L.

    Good hike and challenging up hill climb

    June 2, 2013

  • Richard C

    This is a great hike with a variety of terrain and views along the way.

    June 2, 2013

  • cornelia

    beautiful trail ,

    June 2, 2013

  • Lito.

    Thank u Shannon! I love this one more challenging and fun:)

    June 1, 2013

  • Del M.

    A day well spent. Thank you all.

    June 1, 2013

  • Diane

    Bill's Trail was beautiful, good work out to the peak, and hot!
    Thanks Shannon!

    June 1, 2013

  • Shannon B 👣

    Beautiful hike except for the sticker bushes at the beginning!

    June 1, 2013

  • Doug E

    Awesome day. Thanks Shannon.

    June 1, 2013

  • Sandy

    Beautiful hike, tough going up the 45 min (HA) strenuous stretch but great coming down through all the lush greenery. Thanks Shannon

    June 1, 2013

  • Trese

    Slamming workout! Those hills were so good for me. Thanks!

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Laura L.

    Great hike-beautiful and a good work out as well! Thank u Shannon!

    June 1, 2013

  • Brenda

    Thank you Shannon ! It was a wonderful and adventurous day and a great group of hiking friends.

    1 · June 1, 2013

  • Anneli

    Bill's trail sure was a pleasant treat after hot climb up to Barnabe peak, so green, lush and cool.
    Thanks Shannon for getting us there and special thanks for looking for the missing hiker.

    June 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    for those of us not coming from the Sacto area, what time are you starting the hike?

    June 1, 2013

  • Janet

    Plans changed- have a great hike!

    May 31, 2013

  • Liang

    Leaving out of Dixon, anyone need a ride?

    May 31, 2013

  • Jeff K

    I forgot my GPS at home. Does anybody have one they can bring as I am tracking my mileage & elevation gain for training purposes. Thank you in advance!

    May 31, 2013

  • Jeff K

    Andrea & I would like to car pool with someone. We're giving up the control of driving. :-)

    May 31, 2013

  • Lito.

    I need a carpool please :)

    May 31, 2013

  • Arthur L. T

    Hello, I am Arthur who recently joined Hikers and Company.
    I am interested in going to Samuel Taylor SP. However, I don't drive, so I walk, ride public transit, and sometimes take a cab(which can be a arm and leg for my income). I am able to meet one of you at the Downtown Park and Ride
    and carpool with one of you. I live in the Natomas Area in Sacramento. I am able to take public transit bus to Cache Greek Casino, But it will be a 4 to 5 hour walk to Cache Greek Regional Park from the Casino..
    And I am not an experianced hiker and understand you are not responsible for my safety. I rode my bike on a rugged trail near Folsom Lake 5 years ago. my email address is [masked] my phone number is[masked]

    May 31, 2013

  • Arthur L. T

    .......I found out that the estimated fare for a Cab is $292 from sacramento to San Rafael.

    May 31, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Hello Arthur, I don't know if Barnabe Peak is ready for you. Could you please come out on a Wednesday evening riverfront walk first so we could meet? I think cab fare for that would be much more reasonable.

      May 31, 2013

  • cosette m.

    Anyone interested in camping in the area on Sat night?

    May 31, 2013

  • Richard C

    Is anyone interested in carpooling from Davis? I am considering this hike if I can get a ride for two people. We could meet at the Mace Park & Ride at 8:30AM.

    May 31, 2013

    • Anneli

      Hi Richard, I can drive from Davis. Let's meet 8:15 latest.

      May 31, 2013

    • Richard C

      Anneli - I sent you a message about carpooling.

      May 31, 2013

  • Richard C

    Coming from Davis, so We'll meet at the trailhead. Contact me if you want to join a carpool from Davis.

    May 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking to carpool...

    May 28, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Hi Stephanie, If you pay the same carpool amount that folks would normally pay from Sacramento and tell people a convenient place to pull off the freewayto meet you, you will probably get an offer. Also folks would want to confirm via telephone the morning of to be sure you still plan on coming.

      May 31, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Would you be willing to meet at the rest stop off I-80 outside fairfield that overooks Six Flags?

      May 31, 2013

  • Michele

    I was looking forward to Fiske...

    May 31, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Next year we will do it earlier. It's tricky to get in there after the water recedes below the bridge and before it gets hot.

      May 31, 2013

    • Anneli

      Me too, but ST park is really pretty.

      May 31, 2013

  • ANDREA C.

    Well I really was looking forward to this hike but I got called into work this weekend both Sat & Sun. Hopefully next weekend I can go on a hike.

    May 31, 2013

  • Trese

    Omg! This is the bikini burn hike! I like this workout! It is very pretty too! Bummed about Fiske Peak!
    Is this where the sign says be quiet fish spawning? I think long pants too poison oak?

    1 · May 31, 2013

  • Tim

    A few questions:

    Is anyone interested in carpooling and staying the night in someplace nearby after the mile hike? It's an hour and a half drive...

    Has anyone spent the night near the trailhead that they would recommend? A hotel, hostel, B&B, etc?

    If you were going to stay the night, what would you do on Sunday? Wine tasting? Another (smaller) hike? Muir Woods? Mt. Tam?

    May 30, 2013

  • Diane

    Jeanie and I would like to carpool!

    May 30, 2013

  • Laura L.

    New to the group and looking forward to hiking

    May 29, 2013

  • Will L

    Heading east

    May 29, 2013

  • Jeff K

    Shall we call search and rescue and warn them ahead of time?

    May 19, 2013

    • Liang

      What are you

      May 29, 2013

    • Liang

      What are you'll talking about? I do not recall ;^)

      May 29, 2013

  • Laura M

    Looks like I'm doing tide pools instead. :)

    May 28, 2013

  • Jeff K

    I'm glad we are meeting at 7:00 am. Weather report is now over 100 degrees. Bring plenty of water and electrolytes.

    May 28, 2013

  • Tom §

    I think there is a right turn at the metal pole in the ground....ya'll know what I mean :-)

    2 · May 4, 2013

    • Will L

      That's not for me, is it? Either way, I was with Jeff & Andrea that day.

      May 23, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Oh, I thought you were adking. I forgot you were there!

      May 28, 2013

  • Tim

    A few questions:

    Is anyone interested in carpooling and staying the night in someplace nearby after the advanced 16 mile hike?

    Can anyone recommend a restaurant for a tired hiker on Saturday?

    Does anyone spent the night near the trailhead that they would recommend? A hotel, hostel, B&B, etc?

    If you were going to stay the night, what would you do on Sunday? Wine tasting? Another (smaller) hike?

    Anyone know of any GPS coordinates for an address to enter in to my Garmin so I can be there on time?

    May 28, 2013

    • Shannon B 👣

      Try Cache Creek Indian Casino. It's on the way there.

      May 28, 2013

  • Ewelina

    Not sure yet.

    May 28, 2013

  • Del M.

    I am not sure I can do the 16 miler. I will carpool for those doing the 8 m. LOL!

    May 28, 2013

  • cosette m.

    Meet you at the trail head

    May 28, 2013

  • Anneli

    Christine and I are carpooling from Davis and meeting you at the trailhead.

    May 28, 2013

  • ANDREA C.

    I will be meeting at the park and ride on 11th and P with my dog Pako who loves to hike!! :) Can't wait to meet everyone since this is my first adventure with Hikers and Company.

    May 28, 2013

  • Carmen

    I'm doing Horsetail Falls instead with NPH. Catch you next time.

    May 28, 2013

  • Jen

    I'm totally new to this, but as I love to hike (and not many of my friends do or have the time to do so) I'll give it a shot. Should be fun!

    May 27, 2013

  • Dania

    Was planning to assist, but I totally forgot that is my nices party. Next time.

    May 27, 2013

  • Jeff K

    I met Andrea on this hike May 28, 2011. It was worth missing the turn and the effort it took to complete this hike. We won't miss that pole this time. :-)

    3 · May 24, 2013

  • Sarb D.

    OK if I meet up at the trail head? I live in Yuba so coming down to the Sac park and ride first would be an unnecessary 45 min in the opposite direction.

    May 20, 2013

  • Jean W

    Are we meeting up somewhere to car pool there? Or just meeting at the trail head? Thanks.

    May 17, 2013

    • Tom §

      11th & P, see top of page

      May 17, 2013

    • Jean W

      Ooops. Thanks!

      May 17, 2013

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