Jack London State Historic Park Trail

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Jack London State Historic Park Trail is a 3 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.

3.0 miles
449 feet

kid friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

trail running





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.

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

23 days ago

6 months ago

Interesting history of Jack London...

7 months ago

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

7 months ago

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!

Saturday, January 04, 2014

Jack London State Park is just flat out awesome. This is one of the milder trails in the park, great for families or older folks, doesn't take too long to complete from the parking lot There is so much history in the park it makes it even more interesting and beautiful.

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.

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