Marin County, CA: Northern California Chapter, Samuel P. Taylor Park Hike

Jun 15, 2024 9:30AM—4:00PM


Meet at the far end of the Camp Taylor Campground Picnic Area parking lot by the bathrooms. The meetup point is approximately 300 yards past the entrance kiosk

Event Contact Andy Cohn | Email


Tune up for your next Camino! This gorgeous loop hike in Samuel P. Taylor State Park, that often-bypassed park off Sir Francis Drake Boulevard on the way to Point Reyes, features a long gradual climb on Bill’s Trail through laurels and redwoods to Barnabe Peak, where we’ll have magnificent views north to Tomales Bay and south to Mt. Tam. After lunch at the summit, we’ll head back down – more steeply now – on the Barnabe Trail, which we’ll follow to the Cross Marin Trail and back to our starting point. In the shade almost the whole way, it’s a great hike in the summer, and it’s very serene — much less crowded than the trails on Mt. Tam or Point Reyes.

Schedule: Meet at 9:30 AM at the far end of the Camp Taylor Campground Picnic Area parking lot by the bathrooms. The meetup point is approximately 300 yards past the entrance kiosk. We’ll return to the parking lot between 3:30 and 4:00 PM.

Level of Difficulty: Moderately difficult. Total distance is about 9 miles with an elevation gain of about 1600 feet, but the climb is very gradual along a series of switchbacks. The only challenging section is the half-mile lead-up to the summit. We’ll take it easy on that last stretch, but it’s important that you be able to keep up with the group on the way to it.

Advance online registration is required. Click the Register Now button below to sign up. Because space is limited, we ask that you register if/when you are certain you can attend. Thank you!

Cancellation: Please email us at so we can offer your space to someone else.

Getting There

From the East Bay:

  • Take the Richmond Bridge. Stay on 580 after the bridge and merge onto US-101 N.
  • Use the right 2 lanes to take exit 452 toward Central San Rafael.
  • Use the left 2 lanes to turn left onto 3rd St.
  • Continue onto Second St.
  • Continue onto 4th St.
  • Continue onto Red Hill Ave.
  • Use the right 2 lanes to turn right toward Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
  • Merge onto Sir Francis Drake Blvd.
  • Continue on Sir Francis Drake Blvd approximately 14 miles.

From SF and points south in Marin: Take 101 North until you hit Exit 452 to central San Rafael. Then same as above.

From the North Bay: Directions will depend on where exactly you’re coming from, but if from Petaluma or to the north, the Pt. Reyes – Petaluma Road will lead you over to Sir Frances Drake.

Notes: Park entrance sign reads, “Camp Taylor.” Entrance will be on your left on Sir Frances Drake. Parking is $8.00 or use a state parks parking pass, available for borrowing at most public libraries. Bathrooms in parking lot and at the group camp at the beginning of the hike. Otherwise, lots of woods for bio-breaks.

Carpooling: Registered participants will have access to an online “Carpool Bulletin Board” to post a message if they need a ride or can give one.

What to Bring: A day pack with water, snacks and a bag lunch. Note that there is no water along the trail, so make sure you bring plenty. And even though we’re mostly in the shade, there will be some strong sun, especially on the way back, so pack sunscreen. Also, it can be cool in the shade, especially in the morning, so a sweater or overgarment is recommended. Bring poles if you use them. They will be especially helpful on the steeper downhill sections. Long pants are strongly advised. The trail itself is mostly single-track, and while free of poison oak, there’s lots of it along the edges, and you don’t want to run the risk of a misstep and brushing up against the poison oak with your bare leg.

Leader: Andy Cohn

The Ruff Stuff: For insurance purposes, we are unable to welcome dogs, except service animals, at our events.