Hikers: Carol and Nat (humans) | Elvis, Glory and Willow (dogs)
Start Time: 8:00 a.m. at the parking lot off of Kawana Terrace.
Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve is prominent county landmark that offers sweeping views of the Santa Rosa Plain, and its oak woodlands, meadows, wetlands and springs are home to diverse forms of wildlife. Still in its early stages of development, Taylor Mountain has 4 miles of dirt trails along two routes, with plans for eventual development of 17 miles of multi-use trails along with low-impact campsites, picnic sites, a visitor center and other recreational amenities.
Leash Laws: Because you will often find cattle grazing at Taylor Mountain, dogs must be on leash at all times. Cows are often with their young and they are not shy! Make sure your license is up to date and on your dog’s collar.
Trail Difficulty: This park is welcoming to most levels of hikers. The Eastern trail is the more difficult of the two routes, offering a steep ascent up the side of the mountain. The Western Route offers a challenging, but more gradual, uphill hike. Great views from either trail.
Other information: The park opens from 8:00 a.m. to sunset. There is a parking lot right next to the trail entrances, there is a $7.00 fee per vehicle for day use. We saw folks parking at the bottom of the hill, but I advise against this, since many get towed on a regular basis. You can park on the street, but you will have a long walk along a narrow road to the trails.