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Tour de Taylor Mountain

Intermediate
 3.0 (1) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

Enjoy a decent few miles of singletrack with a short, steep push to great summit views of Santa Rosa.


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5.7

Miles

9.2

KM

80%

Singletrack

1,344' 410 m

High

202' 62 m

Low

1,342' 409 m

Up

1,340' 408 m

Down

9%

Avg Grade (5°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Leashed

E-Bikes Unknown

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Hours: 7:00 a.m. to sunset.
Parking: $7 per vehicle. Free for Regional Parks members.
South Entrance: 3820 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa
North Entrance: 2080 Kawana Terrace, Santa Rosa
Dogs: Permitted on leash no longer than 6 feet.
Accessibility: Accessible parking, picnic site and portable restroom.
Ranger Phone: (707) 539-8092

Overview

While certainly not on par with nearby Annadel State Park in terms of either distance or quality, this short route does make use of what's there and provides some nice views overlooking Santa Rosa. It's best used as a warmup ride or if you're really short on time.

Need to Know

There's not much shade so the heat exposure can be pretty rough in the middle of summer.

Description

You can start this ride at either the Petaluma Hill Road or Kawana Terrace entrances to Taylor Mountain Regional Park (this featured ride starts/ends at the latter, but can be adjusted accordingly).

From Kawana, start by going up the Western Route, climbing your way along the wide, easy-grade path that starts on the western side of the water towers. Continue to ascend until you see the Connector Trail signpost that points to the Redtail Trail. Follow this loop down and around (either direction works well) then ascend back to the Connector, this time taking it in the direction of the Eastern Route. Follow the Eastern Route as it ascends steeply up the side of Taylor Mountain along a wide, rocky doubletrack trail all the way until it tops out on the summit.

Soak in the panoramic view of Santa Rosa before descending back down along the Eastern Route (staying straight) all the way back down to the entrance.

History & Background

The park property was acquired by the voter-funded Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District and deeded to Sonoma County Regional Parks in 2013.

Contacts

Shared By:

Dave Reed

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Expansive view of the greater Santa Rosa area. The green field in the upper right is the Sonoma County Fairgrounds Horse Race Track.
Jul 20, 2017 near Roseland, CA

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May 24, 2019
Dusty Rhodes
Roads through a cow pasture
Apr 21, 2019
Patti Kesel
Nice ride and hike 5.7mi — 7h 34m
Oct 14, 2018
Luis Silva C