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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!

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4 days 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.

Hiked with my girlfriends and the views were incredible.

hiking
8 days ago

Pretty. Get there early for a parking spot.

8 days ago

Nice hike! Awesome view! My husband and I did it last week

Beautiful beautiful beach and great hiking trails!!

scenic driving
9 days ago

It’s so beautiful. I love this place.

I backpacked on the summit and it was awesome! great view, a big open space to set up your tent. It was a semi short hike, most of it was up hill. It took me less than two hours to complete. The only down side might be that water was very limited. there was a small creek in the beginning of the trail but that was all I saw.

Just FYI to everyone this trail is temporarily closed.

Beautiful coastal hike with a very rewarding waterfall at the end. It's an easy hike but still a great workout. I went on a weekday and arrived around 1030A and there were only 2 other cars in the parking lot. I pretty much had the whole trail to myself. There's lots of shades which is a plus on warm days. I didn't pay attention and missed the left to the falls but luckily since I was checking the GPS on the app, I caught it quickly. I noticed there a set of blue colored rocks to mark that left turn. Keep an eye out for that! The tide was kinda high today (10/11) and I was a wimp to walk on the beach but when I saw other people do it, I was game and took off my shoes. It actually wasn't that bad. I really love this hike!

Nice loop with well marked trail

A little more challenging than moderate.

I did this trail but started at alpine lake took the trail counter clockwise, the trail up winds in and out of large beautiful trees and many creek crossings, and waterfalls. nice wooden bridges to keep you from getting wet even during rainy seasons. Once you get to the top, the trail loses its beauty and other hikers disappears going down.
There is a creek crossing just past the lake that you might run into trouble during rains there is no bridge.

I love this place it’s cool

Deffinetely hard one, especially if you don't have experience. I did it as suggested, going counter clockwise. Will be even harder during the summer, since there is no shade half of the way. Hiking will take you around 3 hours with some stops for pics and breaks. Btw i did the descending part at night 7-925pm.

Nice easy trail with sweeping views of plains and a good mix of light forestry. Extremely quiet and relaxing.

This is a pretty good hike. A mix of natural beauty and history is a sure win for the kids. We started at Jack London's cottage which was really cool then we made our way to pigs palace and the lake. The way to the man made lake is a wide trail that runs along Jack's vineyard and eucalyptus project. It turns into a steep grade among the redwood groves. I wish I read more of the reviews because we were expecting more of the lake or whatever's left of it. I spoke to some of the locals and they said that the dam has been broken for awhile thats why the water level hasn't gone up. All in all it was a good experience, we will plan to come back to check out the wolf house and the rest of the other trails.

Good climb.

Done this hike twice now and it’s awesome! I recommend going clockwise around the loop (with the switchbacks at the end) so that you can see the lake for longer while you’re on the ridge. Go early if you can since it’s hot and can get crowded.

Great Trail, Different views along the way, & Lots of shades as well. I recommend going on weekdays morning not much people (literally nobody), took the Coast trail coming from Palomarin Trailhead to Wildcat (wasn’t able to check Alamere falls since its High tide, but certainly coming back), and Ocean Lake loop going back.

Love this place for a quick nature fix and to watch the sunset I try to come at least once a week. Park is part of Sonoma county regional parks, parking is 7.00 or you can get a pass for 69.00 that can be used at all the regional parks for a year from purchase; I usually make my 69.00 back in less than 2 months

it was a great hike,beautiful place to hike..
steepy and rocky which is great for your lower extremities.

Great hike with some beautiful views and you end in a redwood grove. They closed the trail while we were on it and must have been doing some storm damage clean up but we were able to go straight through without any issues.

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