Jack London Mountain and Quarry Trail

EASY 84 reviews

Jack London Mountain and Quarry Trail is a 2.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Glen Ellen, California that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.9 miles Elevation Gain: 521 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly


horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running


bird watching




wild flowers


no dogs

Beauty Ranch and London Lake at Jack London State Historic Park This loop walk will include portions of the Beauty Ranch, the London's experimental farm, vineyard views, a redwood forest walk, and London Lake. The walk will also take one to start-offs for several additional trails covering the bulk of Jack London SHP. Jack London's "Beauty Ranch" comprises about 1400 acres stretching from the floor of the "Valley of the Moon" onto the eastern slope of Sonoma Mountain in the heart of Sonoma County's wine country. The park includes the remains of a number of historic structures comprising the living and operating features of Jack's beloved ranch. This park contains Lake London, London's vineyard and orchard, wonderful mixed forest, oak woodlands and meadow-grasslands vistas typical of the region north of the San Francisco Bay with an added feel of early California. Jack London SHP has over 10 miles of trails and fire-roads traversing through the park. Trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use. Depending on the trails chosen, elevation changes range from 600 to 2,300 feet. The Park suggests carrying lots of water on trails, watching for ticks, rattlesnakes, mountain lions and poison oak. Dress for the season.

3 months ago

Super muddy hike but beautiful! Wildflowers, mushrooms, and birds everywhere. The waterfalls were great

Pretty vineyard views

5 months ago

7 months ago

love this historically significant trail. Learned a lot about Jack London, a prolific writer who became a sustainable farmer and this was his estate.

8 months ago

This is a pretty good hike. A mix of natural beauty and history is a sure win for the kids. We started at Jack London's cottage which was really cool then we made our way to pigs palace and the lake. The way to the man made lake is a wide trail that runs along Jack's vineyard and eucalyptus project. It turns into a steep grade among the redwood groves. I wish I read more of the reviews because we were expecting more of the lake or whatever's left of it. I spoke to some of the locals and they said that the dam has been broken for awhile thats why the water level hasn't gone up. All in all it was a good experience, we will plan to come back to check out the wolf house and the rest of the other trails.

9 months ago

We started at 1:30 and were done by 4:45. What a great hike and absolutely breathtaking nature! Hot sunny day and shady paths. Visiting Jack London’s Cottage was like a trip to the past; his office and books can be viewed along with some eclectic artwork and music playing from his days. Very Magical! The paths are not too difficult but a fairly good work-out if your walking. One of the best places to adventure to. Upon leaving today, the event taking place was Broadway Under The Stars; which I had been to before a long time ago.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

It’s a keeper, just hard enough to be a workout, beautiful vineyards nearly untouched by fire

Sunday, January 28, 2018

Friday, July 28, 2017

Interesting history of Jack London...

Sunday, July 16, 2017

There are 30-miles of hiking trails in this State Park, and the highlight is Jack London's burned-down mansion, Wolf House.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Great stop. The home which is now the museum was beautiful and very well put together with lots of information. Love the preservation of history and arts and in a beautiful location.

Friday, December 09, 2016

fun hike

Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Great hike

Monday, September 05, 2016

Great place!!!

Sunday, April 24, 2016


Sunday, May 25, 2014

This is a great hike for families. Easy trail ( took 2 -3 year olds on it one summer, they loved it). Lots of interesting things to look at and discuss- the ruins are nestled in a grove of redwoods. Nice place to take visitors as well.

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Love this state park! So much history! The pig palace is a personal favorite!

Thursday, July 04, 2013

This place is stuffed full of history. I had a great hike and loved the area.

Friday, May 10, 2013

This is a very informative trail. Jack London was a interesting fellow. Judging by the info signs, he experimented with a wide variety of farming techniques and failed at all of them. As hiking goes, it was meh. Do not go to the lake which is basically Jack London's mosquito farm.

Monday, September 03, 2012

This is a fun trail for hiking leisurely. Took my kids. To them it was hard. I loved it!

Monday, July 23, 2012

I Loved the hiking it was easy but we came home with lots of ticks on our clothing though.

Monday, January 16, 2012

Great Day!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Not the best hiking but what a cool town and a great historical site. We all read call of the wild and white fang and seeing the area where Jack lived was very cool.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

This is the perfect spot for a nice, easy stroll. It's not hard at all, and you get to see some interesting and historic sights along the way.

Monday, August 16, 2010

Jack London State Historic Park near Glen Ellen, CA is a small park consisting of Jack London's cottage, the Wolf House ruins, a couple of barns and a beautiful ranch home. The trail leading out to the Wolf House ruins is clearly marked and easy to follow. On the way there you'll come across a second trail that branches away from the main one that leads you to Jack London's grave. Follow the grave trail for about .1 miles to see the grave site. The Wolf House ruins are at the bottom of the hill from the where the trail branches. Take your time and walk around the perimeter of the ruins, there is even an "overlook" area which allows you to see into the inside. The hike back, even though its mostly uphill is just a slight grade but it can get ratehr hot during the day so check out the visitor's center and buy some bottled water (50 cents per bottle or 3 for a dollar). The visitor's center was also Charmain's (Jack London's wife) home after after Jack London died. It was called teh House of Happy Walls and is now also a museum containing some of his belongings as well as artifacts he collected while traveling around the world.

18 days ago

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