Local hikes worth the drive

14 August 2020

Alvin Jornada / The Press Democrat

South entrance: 3820 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa

North entrance: 2080 Kawana Terrace, Santa Rosa

Currently open at this park:

All trails

Currently closed at this park:

No restrictions

Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve is a prominent landmark in southeast Santa Rosa and offers panoramic views of the city from trails that climb to the summit. The 1,100-acre park features grassy hillsides, oak woodlands and several creeks that all provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. The park currently offers 5.5 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding and an 18-hole disc golf course. Two routes — the eastern and western routes — lead to the mountain’s mid-section, with the Eastern Route continuing on to the summit for a 1,100-foot elevation gain. The Todd Creek and Red Hill trails offer less-strenuous hikes through lovely oak woodlands. Of note: In keeping with the site’s agricultural history and resource management goals, cattle grazing continues at Taylor Mountain.

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