birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

no dogs

Samuel P. Taylor State Park has wooded countryside in the steep rolling hills of Marin County 15 miles west of San Rafael. The park features a unique contrast of coast redwoods groves and open grassland. The park features a variety of flowers and trees, including oak, tanoak, madrone, live oak, laurel and Douglas fir. California native wildflowers include buttercups, milkmaids, and Indian paintbrush. The most common animal in the park is the black-tailed deer. There are also raccoons, striped skunks and gray foxes. Silver salmon and steelhead trout migrate up Papermill Creek to spawn. Park is open from 8am to sunset. This redwood forest community enjoys a mild climate ranging from dense fog and rain to full sun. Summer temperatures average in the low 80s, while winter days drop to the high 50s with frequent rainfall. Dressing in layers is recommended. The Day Use Annual Pass is accepted at this park.

Parked in Camp Taylor campground, $8 fee. Hiked clockwise. First 2 miles are uphill, steep and challenging. This part of the hike is what earns the hike a “hard” rating. Second 2 miles go back downhill and are very scenic. Final 2 miles are very easy along a level trail once used by a railroad in the 1880’s.

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23 days ago

The trail starts out running through a heavily forested area of redwoods and douglas fir trees.. Very scenic with beautiful, towering trees. First 80% of the trail is easy with very moderate to level elevation. The remaining 20% of the trail travels beyond the Kent Lake dam with steep terrain both out and back. Somewhat disappointing that this part of the hike has only minor views of Kent Lake despite running along side of it. Access to the lake is limited due to very steep terrain. The latter 20% of the trail could be eliminated and would result in an easy 6 mile, scenic, out-back hike.

Nice hike, super easy. a couple of downed trees at the start that are a little tricky to get through but smooth sailing afterwards.

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3 months ago

Beautiful and easy stroll among redwood. The leisurely walk took us about 2 hours with us pausing many times to capture beautiful scenery on our phones.