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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.

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.

hiking
30 days ago

This trail is one of my favorites. Shady, so much greenery and the dirt trail is soft. A few picnic tables or benches provided along the way for enjoying the views. I went on a weekday so I may have seen about 5-6 people.

We started at 1:30 and were done by 4:45. What a great hike and absolutely breathtaking nature! Hot sunny day and shady paths. Visiting Jack London’s Cottage was like a trip to the past; his office and books can be viewed along with some eclectic artwork and music playing from his days. Very Magical! The paths are not too difficult but a fairly good work-out if your walking. One of the best places to adventure to. Upon leaving today, the event taking place was Broadway Under The Stars; which I had been to before a long time ago.

1 month ago

Definitely do the trail clockwise for a challenging climb. And the best part- pick blackberries at the begining or end of your hike!

This trail was a fun 3.5 hour hike. It combines what the parks brochure calls the London lake trail (a 2 mile moderate) into the full 8 mile Park Summit Trail listed as “strenuous.”

At times it could be decently steep, with loose terrain in places. We went in May and did not experience any ticks, biting bugs etc. The trail itself was well groomed and the park was easy to navigate. The view from the top was worth the hike. Upon decent through the multiple high-altitude Meadows we came across many deer, a small non-poisonous snake and other wildlife.

had a great hike it ended up being a little over 9 miles, the trails are not marked the best and there was a lot of ticks . But it was still a very good workout hike lots of incline and decline. I loved the peek a boo views through the trees, it was a great shaded hike.

Great light trail with plenty of benches, water, and even a porta potty along the way. Great for leashed dogs, or leave them at home and explore the museums. This trail would definitely be considered stroller friendly as well, as the majority is paved.

great and enjoyable moderate hike: forest, fruit trees, vineyards. superb views on the valley from the ridge

7 months ago

Great hike!, the view from the top is worth it all and you passed through a bunch of beautiful Redwood stands and cross a couple small Creeks before you get to some open Meadows with lots of beautiful oak trees.

It’s a keeper, just hard enough to be a workout, beautiful vineyards nearly untouched by fire

hiking
9 months ago

Came for a day hike! Beautiful redwood trees! It is a nice strong solid hike lots of places to stop to rest. Beautiful places to take pictures. It was very damp and cold. Wear layers. Very peaceful!

hiking
10 months ago

We started at the Vineyard Trail, followed by the Coon Trap Trail. Much of the ascent was on the coon Trap Trail. Once reached to top it was a gradual downward slope through the beautiful woods. It was a great hike.

hiking
Sunday, September 17, 2017

Agree with the review below that total length is 8 miles from parking lot ($10). Beautiful mostly shaded trail with wide open at the top and nice views. Rec hiking shoes. If you're looking for a good lunch spot after, Benzinger Winery is just down the road and allows your to bring your own picnic!

hiking
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Overall nice trail and mostly shaded. I recommend long pants as there are currently goatheads on the trail. Sun protection is also a must during summer as there is little to no shade at the top. Overall a nice hike with some local history.

hiking
Friday, August 25, 2017

Start at parking lot and follow Lake Trail to Mountain trail. Mostly shady, steeper and sunny at the Summit. Saw deer. Beautiful! Interesting information about Jack London in Cabin.

trail running
Friday, August 11, 2017

The coon trail is currently closed for restoration. It was too steep and hard to follow. I turned around and retraced my steps for a total of 10 miles. An awesome trail run! Beware of spider webs as you run. I was the first on the trail for the day and ran into several.

Monday, August 07, 2017

more like 8+ miles from the parking lot. steep at the summit. nice changing environment. vineyard to redwoods to grassy fields. saw a gaggle off wild turkeys.

Interesting history of Jack London...

walking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

There are 30-miles of hiking trails in this State Park, and the highlight is Jack London's burned-down mansion, Wolf House.

Great stop. The home which is now the museum was beautiful and very well put together with lots of information. Love the preservation of history and arts and in a beautiful location.

on Mountain Trail

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Great view!

hiking
Monday, April 10, 2017

Absolutely stunning! A bit muddy in spots from recent rains, but doable and so worth the trek to the summit.

Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Great hike with wonderful views! Definitely a butt blaster going up the mountain trail.

hiking
Sunday, March 19, 2017

Absolutely beautiful...
not many people!
Great exercise.
Great views.
The scenery is constantly changing!!

fun hike

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Great hike

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Great place!!!

Friday, August 26, 2016

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

hiking
Sunday, August 07, 2016

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

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