trail running


nature trips




no dogs

kid friendly

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.

17 days ago

Really pretty, great for families.

Navigated fairly easily with 2 kids in backpacks/carriers. It was a little muddy in December and almost entirely shaded. Flushing toilets at trailhead. Day pass/parking is $8.

3 months ago

Mostly open fire road trail. We went left (counter clockwise) to take the mountain. Clear day. Nice view of the end of Tomales Bay.

on Pioneer Tree Trail

4 months ago

1 hour at medium speed. Gorgeous ferns and redwoods. Not challenging

road biking
4 months ago

Great trail flat until you cross the road to the dam then it gets steep.

4 months ago

Great trail beautiful redwood trees all around, little signs around telling the history of the park. I even had a coyote run 15 feet past me on the trail. Good for kids also.

4 months ago

Nice little walk along the creek.

6 months ago

Beautiful easy hike

Beautiful and amazing with kids. Easy and fun

Mixed bag. Easy to find TH and enough parking for about a dozen cars. The first half mile is very pretty and quiet. The hike up to the tower is tough, steep and with good views at the top. First mile down was ok but started to pick up road noise at about 3.5 miles. Very steep coming down. When you get to Barnabe Road you are almost on top of Sir Francis Drake road. I also though the Redwoods were ok compared to other parks in the Bay Area and felt like you didnt get much view of the creek. Glad I did but probably not coming back

Nice hike. Good combination of shade and exposure. Views were great. Steep sections no matter which way around you go.

The trail was amazing. Great views going up and going down. Then ending the trail with Redwoods along the path. We had lunch at the picnic area next to the Redwoods. My knees are sore, but the trail itself was worth the pain. HA!

This trail is a challenge, in the heat it wouldnt be any fun. Be sure to look at the trail if you parked at the Devil Gulch trailhead and you're planning on doing a loop, you can get caught on the other side of the creek/river if you're not careful.

Bill’s Trail is closed but the fire tower is still accessible from Barnabe Road which starts at the same trailhead. It’s a 6 mile out-and-back. Beautiful sunshine, rolling hills on either side, and a little off-trail is the grave of Samuel P Taylor! Steep at times, it’s just uphill then down and so worth it for the views. Went on a Friday morning and didn’t see a single person the whole time.

Awesome trail! Super steep to the peak. Then fairly easy the rest of the way.

11 months ago

Incredibly peaceful hike through imperial redwoods at the Lagunitas creek valley floor and then ascends past small tributary creeks to reach Douglas firs in the upper canopy. The hike is lightly trafficked and presents lots of great views. The hike culminates when it reaches Pioneer Tree - perhaps the only old growth Redwood left in the park. Unexpectedly great winter hike.

Gorgeous hike. Definitely strenuous - both the uphill and downhill sections.

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.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

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

Sunday, August 20, 2017

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.

Monday, August 14, 2017

Beautiful views over the Park and Lagunitas

Thursday, June 08, 2017

Just plain beautiful biking through the redwoods.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Quite muddy at the moment, but that makes it nice and secluded. Lush, short hike.

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Very nice hike. Lots to look at and well marked path. Someone said it's closed, but that is incorrect. The loop is closed but you can still hike up the peak. Great workout for someone doing trail runs that wants to get some steep elevation. To get to the beginning just walk up devil canyon road and where the road splits to form a trail and road veer right on the trail. This will take you to a bridge which begins the ascent the real trail

Nice trail through some woods and heading above Lagunitas. Views on the top of the ridge are great. Can see Tomales Bay and other vistas. Trail is pretty well traveled. We went counter-clockwise starting from Samuel P Taylor SP day use area.

Barnabe Fire Road is open. The only closed trail in the area is Bill's Trail, which will apparently be under restoration for several more years. There are alternatives that take you to Barnabe Peak, such as Barnabe FR / Gravesite Trail.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Beautiful tree hike in a peaceful setting that was done back in 2010 and again a year later

September 3, 2016. Trail closed since 2014

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