Looking for a great trail in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Samuel P. Taylor State Park ranging from 1.3 to 3.9 miles and from 141 to 288 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

hiking
1 month 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

1 month 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
1 month 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.

hiking
muddy
2 months ago

Muddy but drop dead gorgeous once we got up on Bolinas Trail. I’m in favor of renaming Sweet Pea Murder trail - just about killed me. Loved this hike!

It was a beautiful view and very relaxing place to walk. I recommended to everyone.

mountain biking
muddy
2 months ago

I rode my touring bike from the Jewell trail to Randal trail. The Jewell trail is less traveled and in some places, the trail is over grown completely by the grass. There was light rain, so muddy terrain was hard to get a grip up the hills. Probably too hard unless you have a pure mountain bike. The trail goes near cow pastures, which was fun to stop and see. Also liked the two picnic tables, where I might have stopped and had dinner if the timing worked out.

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.

trail running
closed
muddy
over grown
washed out
3 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
3 months ago

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

hiking
muddy
4 months ago

Ok trail along the creek. Follows a highway and pretty busy with bike traffic. Nothing crazy remarkable about it.

Lots of road at the end

Wonderful hike, lots of nature to see, a portion of it is asphalt which wasn't great but still beautiful! Saw two bobcats as well. Bring extra socks in the wet months. Didn't see any restrooms out on the trail, just something to think about. While on the ridge, a few parts of the trail were completely flooded. Also, the Sweet pea trail is closed due to erosion issues. We went on it anyways due to time constraints, there were a few steep and slippery portions but we took them slowly. Definitely an enjoyable trail, could just use some upkeep

5 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

9 months ago

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

road biking
9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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.

walking
9 months ago

Nice little walk along the creek.

walking
11 months ago

Beautiful easy hike

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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.

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