7:00 a.m. to sunset.
$7 per vehicle. Free for Regional Parks members.
3820 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa
2080 Kawana Terrace, Santa Rosa
Permitted on leash no longer than 6 feet.
Accessible parking, picnic site and portable restroom.
Taylor Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve is a prominent Santa Rosa landmark, providing panoramic views of the city and distant peaks. The park's 1,100 acres include sweeping grasslands, oak woodlands, several creeks, and habitat for a variety of wildlife. The park has 5.5 miles of unpaved trails and an 18-hole disc golf course.
The park opened in 2013, when ownership was transferred to Regional Parks from the voter-funded Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District. The interim park entrance is just off of Kawana Terrace. A second entrance and trailhead opened along Petaluma Hill Road, south of Yolanda Avenue in 2015. The Petaluma Hill Road entrance includes picnic tables, parking for horse trailers, and a 1.2-mile trail loop with a .2-mile connector to the upper park.
The park's master plan calls for the eventual development of 17 miles of trails, a "natural play area," hike-in campsites, a visitor center and other features, as funding becomes available.
The park property historically was used for ranching, and cattle grazing continues in the park.
Taylor Mountain Trails
Length:5.5 miles of trails
Taylor Mountain Regional Park has 5.5 miles of trails along three routes.
The Eastern Trail is the most difficult, with a steep, 1,000-foot ascent to near the top of the mountain.
The Western Trail offers a challenging yet more gradual climb up the mountain, connecting to the last leg of the Eastern Trail for the steep climb to the top.
The relatively flat Todd Creek Trail loops off of lower Western Trail, winding through a lovely oak woodland for .7-miles.
The 1.2-mile Red Tail Trail loop opens on June 13, 2015 at a new park entrance along Petaluma Hill Road. The trail bends through beautiful oaks and grassy meadows with some gradual climbs, looping back to the parking lot. At about the mid-point, a .2-mile trail connector links the Red Tail Trail it to the Western Trail.
Both the Eastern and Western Trails offer sweeping views of Santa Rosa and beyond.
Cattle Grazing Area Safety Tips
In keeping with the site’s agricultural history and resource management goals, cattle grazing will continue at the park and preserve. Although cows are not aggressive by nature, if aggravated or threatened, they will defend themselves.
Here are some important safety tips:
- Keep your dog on a leash at all times!
Dogs are perceived as predators. Cows cannot always distinguish the difference between a coyote and a dog and may become aggravated by an approaching dog off leash.
- Do not attempt to pet, feed or touch the cows. Cows are very
protective of their young.
Do not get in between a calf and its mother and do not approach a stray calf,
its mother is likely nearby.
- If Cattle are on the trail ahead of you:
Make yourself known well in advance by waving your arms and shout. This will usually make them scatter. The other option would be to turn back!
- Be sure to give cattle plenty of space and an avenue of escape.
If you encounter a cow that is acting in a threatening manner or appears to be sick, injured or dead, please take note the location and report it to park staff.