Just a couple of weeks ago a new entrance and trail opened on Taylor Mountain. We were game last Friday, to try the new trail, even though it meant some steep incline and descent (for our flat standard).
The trail is dusty but well built. It’s a loop trail (returning to the other end of the parking lot), in a short distance it connects to the Western Trail from the other access point of Taylor Mountain on Kawana Terrace. I took this functional picture of trail signage:
On the way up, we got various views of the Santa Rosa plain. It’s lovely and it’s not, as one hears the traffic and then sees the traffic on Hwy 101. I tried to appreciate the colors in the fields across the road and admire the oaks I was walking through.
The sky and the coastal mountains.And looking more to the south, I enjoyed the grassy meadow shoulder and then the vineyard before the plain called Rohnert Park. Within the flatter section of the park, we could enjoy the open meadow. Not sure about the wildflowers here. The park website says they’ll continue to graze cattle, but they’re not in this section right now. On the way down we saw more flowers, unfortunately for you horseback riders you’ll have to keep an eye on the star thistles in this section. Otherwise, gorse, wild carrots, vetch several kinds of dandelions lurk around.
There is plenty of parking, some for horse trailers (horses allowed on most of the trail), like they’re expecting a ton of people. But if the popularity of the newish Laguna trail is any indication, then it will be full. There are plenty of picnic tables and portapottie with hand wash that stands sentry.
Dogs on leash.
Wheelchair?? Parking lot and picnic tables.
Thank you Trails Council and everyone else for making this park access possible.
Words by Lynn Millar, pictures by Mike and Lynn Millar available upon request.