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Jack London State Historic Park is a memorial to writer and adventurer Jack London, who made his home at the site from 1905 until his death in 1916. The park was once part of the famous writers Beauty Ranch. The park contains the cottage residence where he wrote books, short stories, articles and letters while he oversaw various agricultural enterprises. After Londons death, his wife, Charmian, continued to live in the cottage until her death in 1955. It was her wish that the ranch be preserved in memory of Jack London and his work. The historic park is at 2400 London Ranch Road in Glen Ellen, about 20 minutes north of Sonoma. Dogs are not allowed on backcountry trails. Dogs are allowed on a leash in the Historic Area only. Dogs are not permitted beyond the silos or inside the museum.

Great place!!!

Overall the hike was wonderful.

Next time, I would hike the loop clockwise. We completed the hike counter clockwise causing the steeper elevation difference in the decent versus the assent. It was tough going down hill.

Also, although high enough in elevation to have the view, the surrounding trees and vegetation hindered the view.

The weather was delightful and the canopy of the trees keep things shaded and cool.

The loop wound up being 10.3 versus 8.3 miles, so take into consideration.

Well groomed trails.

Timmy Couvillion

1 month ago

2 months ago

Concrete road to the top. About 1 mile. After that the trails connect with Jack London state park.

Took mountain trail to Sonoma ridge all the way out and came back Coon Trap trail. It had some nice views, was in the shade but long- 11+ mile loop.


Beautiful views! Moderate is correct. We started at the North Sonoma Mountain trail head and walked all the way into Glen Ellen for lunch. We set up a shuttle back to the trail head. Second time on this trail and I plan on more. Start early it gets hot!

1 year ago

This is an awesome hike that now connects to our newest gem, No. Sonoma Mountion region park.
Both are a must do..

This is a great hike for families. Easy trail ( took 2 -3 year olds on it one summer, they loved it). Lots of interesting things to look at and discuss- the ruins are nestled in a grove of redwoods. Nice place to take visitors as well.

2 years ago

Hiked the Lake trail and Mountain trail to the Sonoma Ridge Tr for a total of 10.9 miles round trip. Moderate ascent with a nice view at the top. Watchout for poison oak.

2 years ago

Tough hike, not too bad up to the lake, then it gets a little gnarly. Make sure to bring your own water and a snack. Late August - keep your eyes out for ripe blackberries EVERYWHERE!

Love this state park! So much history! The pig palace is a personal favorite!

Jack London State Park is just flat out awesome. This is one of the milder trails in the park, great for families or older folks, doesn't take too long to complete from the parking lot There is so much history in the park it makes it even more interesting and beautiful.

This place is stuffed full of history. I had a great hike and loved the area.

3 years ago

Positively beautiful hike. Make sure to bring your own water. Beware of mountain lions, snakes, and ticks (the usual).

This is a very informative trail. Jack London was a interesting fellow. Judging by the info signs, he experimented with a wide variety of farming techniques and failed at all of them. As hiking goes, it was meh. Do not go to the lake which is basically Jack London's mosquito farm.

4 years ago

Went hiking with my husband and two small kids. Very pretty hike, the lake was a little depressing since there was no lake. Check out my hike in more detail at chasquimom.blogspot.com. Look under Bay Area Hiking