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