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Best bird watching trails in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, California

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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.
Map of bird watching trails in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, California
Park information
Acreage:
2,700 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - dusk
Tuesday
8:00 am - dusk
Wednesday
8:00 am - dusk
Thursday
8:00 am - dusk
Friday
8:00 am - dusk
Saturday
8:00 am - dusk
Sunday
8:00 am - dusk
Contact
415-488-9897
Helpful links
Top trails (5)
#1 - Pioneer Tree Trail
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 59 m
Less than an hour's drive north from San Francisco, the 2,882 acres of Samuel P. Taylor State Park is within easy driving distance of some of northern California's most dramatic outdoor scenery. The park features a unique contrast of coastal redwood groves and open grassland. The park also 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.Show more
#2 - Barnabe Peak Loop via Barnabee Road and Cross Marin Trail
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
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Length: 7.7 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
A morning hike up Barnabe Peak. This hike will take you through several vegetation zones and is a real wildflower treat in the early spring. It offers sweeping vistas of a number of watersheds, parts of west and southern Marin, Mount Tam, and Tomales Bay. Barnaby Road and the Cross Marin Trail are bike and horse friendly. As with most state parks, dogs should be left behind. The park has a number of additional trails, some of which interconnect with regional open space trail systems.Show more
#3 - Bill's Trail to Mount Barnabe Peak Loop
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
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Length: 7 mi • Est. 2 h 48 m
Hike the winding forest trail up reach the sun-bleached summit of Mount Barnabe and views over Marin County. The Marin headlands across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco offer tons of sightseeing potential, but doesn't everyone know it. Areas like Muir Woods and Stinson Beach are choked with traffic every fair weather weekend. Choose to drive an extra few miles, leaving the melee behind you and you'll be rewarded with empty roads and quiet trails.Show more
#4 - Cross Marin Trail to Kent Lake
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 4 h 43 m
The paved Cross Marin Trail bike path runs about three miles through the park, beginning near the entrance of the park. The trail is nearly level and follows the old Northern Pacific Coast Railroad right-of-way through Samuel P. Taylor and into the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.Show more
#5 - Ox Trail
Samuel P. Taylor State Park
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Length: 1.3 mi • Est. 38 m
The Ox Trail follows Lagunits Creek, and traverses towards the Redwood Grove Picnic Area, and also Wildcat Canyon.Show more