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 118 to 380 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
no shade
28 days ago

Steep incline to the ridge and not much shade on the ridge. Bring plenty of water or go early.

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
1 month 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
2 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
3 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
4 months ago

I have completed this hike for the second time earlier this week. To get up to the ridge, you will be climbing up a steep fire road for approx 1.8 miles (with an elevation difference of over 1,000 ft). Once you've reached the Bolinas Ridge, there is a nice walkway with gorgeous views to Tomales Bay and the mountain range (to your left) that stretches along the ocean towards the Point Reyes National Seashore. On the way down from the ridge you'll be following the Cross Marin Trail through the Samuel P. Tyler State Park back to your car. While hiking through the park, you'll be seeing many beautiful redwood trees, and you may enjoy a picknick in one of several sitting areas in the park.

hiking
5 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.

hiking
5 months ago

Started the loop at Bolinas Ridge trail head and took jewel trail down to cross Marin trail which was nice, flat and shaded but somewhat boring. The fun didn't pick until I took the steep steady up hill climb on the Shafter trail to the Bolinas Ridge Trail then back to my car. The return hike was a gentle downhill walk with pretty views of pt reyes.

on Pioneer Tree Trail

5 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
5 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.

hiking
muddy
6 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
6 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.

running
closed
muddy
over grown
washed out
7 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.

hiking
muddy
8 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

9 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.

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