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Pioneer Tree Trail

EASY 93 reviews

Pioneer Tree Trail is a 2.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Point Reyes Station, California that features beautiful wild flowers 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: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 196 feet Route Type: Loop

hiking

horseback riding

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

NOTE: As of April 24, 2019 this trail is currently inaccessible to horses. Several trees are down on the trail but can be climbed over by hikers. Less than an hour's drive north from San Francisco, the 2,882 acres of Samuel P. Taylor State Park is within easy driving distance of some of northern California's most dramatic outdoor scenery. The park features a unique contrast of coastal redwood groves and open grassland. The park also 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.

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

7 months ago

Beautiful, easy. Great way to spend a few hours exploring beautiful trees

hiking
7 months ago

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

9 months ago

Really pretty, great for families.

9 months ago

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.

Friday, September 14, 2018

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

hiking
Sunday, August 19, 2018

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
Saturday, August 18, 2018

Nice little walk along the creek.

walking
Monday, July 16, 2018

Beautiful easy hike

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Beautiful and amazing with kids. Easy and fun

hiking
Monday, January 29, 2018

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.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Nice hike, super easy. a couple of downed trees at the start that are a little tricky to get through but smooth sailing afterwards.

hiking
Sunday, August 20, 2017

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.

hiking
Monday, August 14, 2017

hiking
Monday, April 17, 2017

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

hiking
Thursday, February 16, 2017

hiking
Thursday, September 15, 2016

Beautiful tree hike in a peaceful setting that was done back in 2010 and again a year later

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!

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