Explore the most popular Bird Watching trails in Samuel P. Taylor State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
blowdown
off trail
scramble
27 days ago

Fantastic loop CW or CC. So much work has gone into this trail but closed for 5 YEARS?! At least 7 major trees blocking path currently.

September 2019- Bills Trail closed for maintenance. Unbelievable views at Dickson Outlook. Strongly recommend morning hike. Steep uphill to look out then mild rest of the way. Loved this and will do again after winter rains to see the falls, or early April for wild flower blooms.

hiking
off trail
2 months ago

Awesome trail (Enchanted Forest) initially started out with MT bikers but soon turned into single track and shaded. From parking lot of Madrone picnic head to pioneer trail along the creek. Lightly tracked short gradual elevation saw only 4 people entire time out. Awesome trees and scenery, very few if any bugs. This is

We didn’t get a fair impression because it was a cloudy days with no views. I’d call it moderate vs hard.

hiking
over grown
3 months ago

Shaded throughout, nice and cool. A lot of poison oak and when you get to the Cross Marin Trail, you walk the end near a highway. Pioneer Tree is impressive to explore! It’s probably over 3 miles, not the 2.1 as described.

hiking
blowdown
over grown
washed out
4 months ago

Easy trail. I loved how lively the woods sounded. There was some over grow and a tree or two blocking the path a few times but nothing difficult to step over. Great for families with younger kids! Had to pay for parking though. Good thing they took debit!

hiking
6 months ago

My boyfriend and I hiked this trail in the beginning of May in a 4 hours or so (including a break for lunch). For reference, we are in our 20's to 30's and go to the gym 3x a week. Aesthetically, we had a very nice time seeing all of the flowers along the way and following the river for so long. We didn't see any hikers, only 10-20 bikers, but overall it wasn't very populated. The trail is well paved and marked until you leave the bikeable portion and start "the climb". It's a bit steep and looks more like a deer trail than a hiking trail, but if you take breaks and check your gps every once and a while, I think most people will be fine. The spot it takes you to is perfect for lunch and rests on the water, but you can stop around 4 miles in when you first get to the lake too. On my garmin foretrex, we measured around 8.5ish miles RT from the Orchard Hill Samuel P Taylor Campground. Watch out for poison oak along the way. Overall, highly recommended!

A pleasant enough hike; but it is mostly fire road walking and the first portion is kind of tediously straight up. That said, spectacular wildflowers, particularly the iris. Good vistas and varied terrain.

on Pioneer Tree Trail

6 months ago

Easy trail - some nice iris along the trail. The sign at the trail head said it was closed at 1.5 miles, but we did the whole loop and just very little mud.

hiking
6 months ago

We could see evidence of the storms, but the path was mostly clear. Our kids (10,8,6 and 3) loved it. I highly recommend it for families.

The recent storms definitely had a negative impact on the trail. I was baby wearing so only made it one mile before downed trees made me turn back. Still, the trail is beautiful.

We found this trail on a different app. ( we won’t stray again.) It said it was an easy 5.1 mile loop. Wrong! All Trails is spot on this is a hard trail but this is a great hike. We did it clockwise through North Creek trail. The trail was nice and clear. Bring lots of water and sun protection. We did the full loop and the second half was a nice and mellow downhill.

running
closed
muddy
over grown
washed out
8 months ago

There were a lot of downed trees and the trail was muddy and very over grown about one mile in. I would not say that this is a child friendly trail.

Beautiful, easy. Great way to spend a few hours exploring beautiful trees

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked with a group of adults and families- mixed ages. Great hike and length for younger kids, mostly under tree cover.

10 months 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.

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

Fri Sep 14 2018

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

road biking
Mon Aug 20 2018

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

hiking
Sun Aug 19 2018

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.

walking
Sat Aug 18 2018

Nice little walk along the creek.

walking
Mon Jul 16 2018

Beautiful easy hike

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