Taylor Mountain – Petaluma Hill Rd. Trailhead – 7/4

Quick morning hike before the July 4th festivities. Third time since opening day. The new Red Tail trail to the existing Western route makes for a fast entry to Taylor Mountain, especially if you are coming from the South.

Having worked many volunteer days helping to build this, I’m especially happy to see how popular it is already.  

worked several days heping the Sonoma County Trails Council build this new trail. More trails coming to Taylor Park, ~15 miles of new trails in the master plan IIRC


Quick climb and you’re looking down to the valley in < 5 mins


a lot of rock work was fone by hand on this trail mostly unseen — as it should be, right?


it’s about 1/2 mile from the TH to the Western Route. turning right loops down to the far end of the parking lot.


like the beginignof the Western Route (from Kawana Springs TH), this trail is largley shaded by oaks


a rock drain that i did a lot of work on 3-4 feet deep, moved most if the larger rocks you see by hand usimg a canvas sling and 3-4 people


long stretch of a very difficult section to build.


cattle gate. cows have always liked this section, they’re very used to hikers, move on by quietly and they are not bother




cows, Mount St. Helena in the distance


i take a picture of this tree each time i pass


making a right onto western going uphill


the ranch road on the right goes right up the face. skip it, its too steep and not meant for hiking. take the switchbacks that cross it instead. you’ll get to the top about the same time and get some extra steps in


view of Mt St Helena


on my way down, i passed this Dad and Son heading up a bit of trail I helped build😀


Some recent hikes

Here are some pictures from hikes since Lassen. All east Sonoma county. There were also some at Taylor Moubtain. 58 for the year so far.

Annadel SP – View towards Santa Rosa from the Rough Go or Cobblestone Trail. I didn’t filter this, my iPhone decided to make it like a watercolor.


Post hike wine pickup at Matanzas Creek.IMG_3892.JPG

Acorn stash encountered while doing trail work on the East Slope of Sonoma Mountain.IMG_3906.JPG

Madrone on the new  (not yet open) East Slope Ridge Trail on Sonoma MountainIMG_3923.JPG

Trail ride in Jack London via Triple Creek Outfitters


View from East Slope Ridge Trail. Soon to be part of Jack London SPIMG_3924.JPG

Red Barn Trail, Sugar Loaf SP. View back toward Mt. Tam. Could see SF and Mount Hamilton today.IMG_3974.JPG

Arboreal Salamander(?) – Annadel SP, South Burma Tr.IMG_3966.JPG

South Burma Trail, Annadel SPIMG_3953.JPG

Red Barn, Sugar Loaf SPIMG_3976.JPGFormer house(?) at Red Barn site. Sugarloaf SP