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Hiking in North Sonoma Mountain and Taylor Mountain Regional Parks

Taylor Mountain Regional Park includes 5.5. miles of unpaved trails on 1,100 acres with sweeping grasslands, oak woodlands, and creeks.

Discover miles of fabulous trails in the most recent additions to the Sonoma County Regional Parks system, Taylor Mountain and North Sonoma Mountain parks. 

Taylor Mountain Regional Park

This 1,100-acre park offers 180-degree views of the city of Santa Rosa, as well as of Trione-Annadel State Park, the Mayacamas Mountains, and the Santa Rosa Plain. The park includes 5.5 miles of trails crossing grassy meadows, hills, oak forests, and (in spring) vivid wildflower displays. Diverse natural  habitats are home to a wide range of wildlife, including mountain lion, deer, fox, and the federally-protected California red-legged frog.  

There are two entrances to the park. The entry off of Kawana Terrace includes an 18-hole disc golf course, as well as parking and restrooms. The Petaluma Hill Road entrance includes picnic tables, restrooms, and parking for horse trailers.

The 1.2-mile Redtail Trail begins at the Petaluma Hill entrance and weaves through oaks and grassy meadows with some gradual climbs, looping back to the parking lot. About midway, a 0.2-mile trail connects to the Western Trail, which starts at the Kawana Terrace trailhead.

The Western Trail offers a challenging yet more gradual climb up the mountain and connects to the last leg of the Eastern Trail for the steep climb to the top of Taylor Mountain (at 1,403 feet elevation). The Eastern Trail is the most difficult, with a steep, 1,100-foot ascent from the Kawana Terrace entrance to near the top of the mountain. Both the Eastern and Western trails offer sweeping views of Santa Rosa and beyond.

For a less strenous trek, the relatively flat 0.7-mile Todd Creek Trail loops off of the lower Western Trail near the Kawana entrance, and passes through a lovely oak woodland. 

Download a current trail map of Taylor Mountain Regional Park. Leashed dogs are permitted on the trails. 

Taylor Mountain Regional Park, 3820 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa, 707-539-8092. Open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset; the entry/parking fee is $7 or free for Regional Parks members

North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park

This 820-acre park and preserve offers sweeping views of the county, unveiling vistas of vineyards and trees as far as the eye can see.

Its 4.25-mile North Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail begins in the ferns and redwoods on the south fork of Matanzas Creek, then climbs through forests of oaks and bay laurels to nearly 2,000 feet, where you can enjoy stunning views of peaks surrounding Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley. The trail also leads to the western edge of Jack London State Historic Park. From there, you can continue into Jack London park to picnic, visit the museum, or tour the cottage where the Londons lived, and more. Or, hike through the park and ultimately connect with the East Slope Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail.

Additional trails include a wheelchair-accessible vista point above the park entrance and the Umbrella Tree Trail, a 1-mile trail to a majestic bay laurel cluster and views of Santa Rosa and Bennett Valley.

Download a North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park brochure and trail map. The park does not have drinking water (please bring your own) and dogs are not permitted on the trails. 

North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park, 5297 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa, 707-539-8092. Open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset; the entry/parking fee is $7 or free for Regional Parks members. 

Other Hiking Possibilities

Sonoma County offers a wide variety of diverse and intriguing hiking options. For ideas, check out our Guide to Hiking in Sonoma County, Dog Friendly Hikes in Sonoma County, and 3 Unusual Hikes in Sonoma County.

And find more info about things to do, restaurants and lodging in Sonoma County.

Written by Sonoma Insider Suzie Rodriguez

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