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10 hours ago

The Trail is reOPENed after a major rehab! The Upper trail is accessed va Toyon trailhead through the mountain cemetery. The lower trail remains CLOSED until Spring, after the longed for rains. Map at the kiosk. and map photo to follow.

This is a good trail to build up your stamina, it’s not super long but definitely a workout, in my opinion the most difficult way up Mt Hood

love this historically significant trail. Learned a lot about Jack London, a prolific writer who became a sustainable farmer and this was his estate.

Such a beautiful hike. Brings lots of water and snacks and/or lunch that you can eat at the falls.

I will start with advice, if you want the best trip to the falls check the SF tides chart. Try to get to the falls 2 hours before or after low tide, any other time there will be no beach to see the falls from, it will all be water. And you will have to stay on the rocks.
Also from the top of The falls to the bottom is very sharp loose shale rock you are on you butt going down and must use your hands and knees going up, with shorts your knees could be cut up.

The trail itself is great, it goes from hundreds of feet up above the water to completely shaded by the trees.
Not much uphill at all

10 days ago

We took this trail after Canopy-Lost-Fern Creek trail. This trail passes Cathedral Grove, Bohemian Grove and Founders Grove. This trail is popular for public even children and elderly.

Beautiful hike with shade along the way. A long hike at 13-14 miles but so worth it. Take some snacks to enjoy the beach once you arrive ! It’s a busy hike but not too many people. Parking gets full very quick so unless you want to hike a couple more miles , get there early to get parking.

Great hike, great views. Did this hike last Thursday. Lower Johnson Ridge was closed on the way up, used Orchard Meadow trail to cut over and complete the hike up Hood mountain summit.

Busy but not too crowded. Trailhead parking is definitely packed by mid morning on the weekends. This is a fun one!

Fantastic Hike, getting to the Beach to stand below the falls is a MUST!!

This trail starts in someone’s driveway, definitely going to pass on this one....

My favorite Sonoma County Trail. Difficult, beautiful, not busy, and my dog gets to come!

Absolutely beautiful place! So glad somebody on the trail let me know where the turn off was. I’m pretty sure I would’ve missed it. I will definitely come back and plan to bring my bathing suit so I can jump in the water at the end!

This is my favorite one. Hiked 5 times in last two months. Beautiful views from the ridge.

That's a nice hike in point rayes . we did on weekend Oct 27. was a lot of hikers but still more then enough space for everyone. Beautiful green scenario feels like its spring but its almost November. Amazing almost clear all day. pretty views of ocean shore and breeze, nature lakes ,and waterfall by the shore. Recomend to try and enjoy what you love to do.

Great hike! Beautiful forest trees and gorgeous views. We misted the waterfall trail and had to go back and use the map to find it. Path to the waterfall is tight and at the end is climbing down the hill holding on to the big rocks on the sides. Was kind of scary for me but all worth it! Will go back again...!

Amazing for a first hike on Mt.Tam! Loved the varied terrain from forest to ocean view. A treat for the kid in you to hike down stairs, to the creek, over bridges and then to climb a 10 rung sturdy ladder. Take your time and enjoy!

That last descent down to the beach, and then back up again was a bit scary for this fat man, but was well worth it in the end.

We are so lucky this type of terrain is in our backyard!! Challenging up hill that really packs a punch as you wind up the mountain to the top. Super beautiful but also so sad to see the fire devastation so heavily on these trails. Packed a punch in 6 miles but worth every step.

hiking
22 days ago

So gorgeous! Went on a Sunday a few weeks back got to the parking by 9 and barely anyone so the hike and beach were basically to ourselves. We did the short cut and climb is hard. I brought gloves which helped.

Good workout, we went counterclockwise and took a left up before the little cement house (trail not on all-trails map) to middle fire road and then connect with the rest of the loop, went out the fire road for a view and lunch. Total was 6.3 miles

Didn't make it all the way to Mount Hood, but the hike was great.

Limited parking at the trailhead. $8 fee to enter.

Starts in a low creek area with Redwoods around. Then goes up no-shade switchbacks for almost a mile. Then goes down to a semi-sketchy creek crossing. There is a downed tree that serves as a bridge, with a rope that helps you steady yourself. Then continue up for a while. We turned around as the trail entered Mount Hood Regional Park.

There was a small/full parking area at the trailhead, but we didn't see that many people on the trail.

Taylor Mountain is practically my gym. I use this trail as a fantastic cardio workout after work, as it really only takes about an hour as a moderate pace (trail running, not just hiking) and the vertical gain is quite intense for what is offered around. Once you hit the right spot, its about a thousand feet climbing steep grade with not much break at all. The views at the top are quite nice, as you get a view of both the Santa Rosa area as well as the Kenwood areas around back. Be ready to run into people, as this trail is generally fairly populated, and bring lots of water as there is none on the trail and shade is quite minimal. Overall a fantastic quick hike to add to every wish list!

hiking
1 month ago

I was excited for this one after getting to the Mt Olympia summit the week before. The views are great but the vast majority of the trail is a big, dirt access road so it’s often hard to feel like you’re in the wilderness. Also the peak is overcrowded with the people that drive there, however the little museum inside is pretty neat. Decent elevation gain but wasn’t as strenuous as I was expecting. Lastly it’s easy to feel like you’re cheating as the trailhead starts at 1000ft.

Wonderful hike. I did it back in April with my husband and it was difficult at the stair part. My second time doing it on Sunday with a girlfriend. Still hard, but better (since I have more hikes in) Encountered a rattlesnake at the top. But made it

Pretty coastal views at the beginning and a surprisingly beautiful waterfall that drops right into the ocean at the end; not particularly strenuous, but there are some good opportunities to scramble down rocks by the falls to the beach. The trail to the falls from the Coast Trail is not an official trail, though the beginning of the trail was marked by an arrow on the Coast Trail at about the 4 mile mark. There is a lot of poison oak on the side trail, so long pants/sleeves are recommended.

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