Looking for a great trail in Jack London State Historic Park, California? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, walking trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 3 easy trails in Jack London State Historic Park ranging from 0.6 to 2.9 miles and from 652 to 1,105 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!




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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.

We fully recommend this trail. Vineyards as you begin. Awesome forests and streams, good climb to top. Lots of small trails to explore also. Perfect 2-hour hike with time to eat a snack and take pics

Awesome work out

really great hike + uphill workout in such a cool historic spot! recommend kicking this hike off via hanging the first right on Lake trail that will lead you into some beautiful redwood groves to begin with (in addition to lots of fun off-trail backwoods to dart around and explore). we initially started on vineyard but then backtracked and took quarry up instead which was a good call in terms of the forest scenery + less horse poop. it's really magical throughout but the views are especially gorgeous once you start getting to the new fallen bridge + upper fallen bridge part.

Shady hike with nice views. Not well marked.

Well maintained and gorgeous. Mountain Bikers for 2 miles in then oak trees and redwoods, highly recommend.

Lots of bugs and ticks but overall an excellent hike!

4 months ago

great condition. only a few wet spots. easy to scramble around.

4 months ago

Super muddy hike but beautiful! Wildflowers, mushrooms, and birds everywhere. The waterfalls were great

Pretty vineyard views

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5 months ago

So, let me begin this review by mentioning our recent rain here. We’ve had a LOT of it but it has been clear the past couple of days. There were a lot of streams to cross, no problem. Trees downed, requiring you to cross over or under, again no problem. We got to the last section of trail named “Orchard Trail” and there was no trail... there was a pond... ducks included! We back tracked to the Pear Trail, then to Fallen Bridge & back to the parking lot. We both were covered in ticks by the end, so be prepared. It was a very beautiful hike with lots of waterfalls, our total mileage was 10.3. We will definitely give it another chance, just can’t recommend enough to wait until the water subsidies.

New favorite hike! A bit muddy on several sections due to some heavy recent rains. Had to scramble over a HUGE double trunk redwood that had fallen over the trail near a stream crossing as well as wriggle through part of an oak as you near the top of the ridge going clockwise.

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

If you go to where coon meets Sonoma ridge trail take the black un named trail that shows it comes to an end, and it does but just before the end there is a no trespassing fire road that goes down and to the left, if you take that path down to the road (grove street) then go a little ways right on grove (down hill) about 100 yards past the set of mailboxes there is a 75 foot tall waterfall . You can hear the water when you are near. Don’t get caught. I have been going there for 35 years

Great place to go when you want to get out of the sun 90% under the oak and redwood canopy.

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.

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.

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

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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.

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