Explore the most popular hiking 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.

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.

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3 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.

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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9 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.

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9 months ago

Beautiful views over the Park and Lagunitas

Just plain beautiful biking through the redwoods.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

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

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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.

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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

The loop is closed and apparently has been closed for two years. It also does not look like it will be opened any time soon. This could have been a beautiful hike. This hike should be noted as CLOSED so others don't drive there only to discover it is closed off.

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Thursday, June 23, 2016

Easy and very picturesque.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

Great paved be unpaved trails. The backcountry hiking leads to small pools throughout the creek.

Trail is unreachable, as locals have posted signs closing the road to the public.

This hike is actually in Lagunitas not Nicascio and part of Samuel P Taylor Park.
Steep hike but worth the view. We only went up to the peak and back. Which is about 2 miles up and 2 miles back. The original trail is closed. The hike is beautiful going through forest and stream, up through open space and beautiful views of West Marin. Enjoy

There are many short easy trails next to the creek. great for kids.

Wednesday, October 07, 2015

What was supposed to be a 2-mile hike ballooned into a 6-mile one when I decided to follow an unmarked trail that veered off and up a mountain. After a long and steady uphill climb I emerged into an exceptionally beautiful field and connected with the Bolinas Ridge Fire Road. I wish I'd brought a picnic!

nice, steep hike 2 miles up to Barnabe Peak. elevation change of about 1200'.

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Friday, January 30, 2015

We just did the Cross Marin trail both directions leaving from Camp Taylor. It was beautiful! if you go west on the trail it will lead you to Jewell Trail which takes you up and to the top of a ridge where you can see Tomales Bay.

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