Wolf House Ruins and Jack London’s Grave Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Jack London State Historic Park serves as a memorial to Jack London, a prolific author of adventure stories from around the turn-of-the-20th Century. London lived at the site from 1911 until his death in 1916. Near the park entrance are his home (now a museum), several historic buildings, and his farm, which he called Beauty Ranch. Beyond the ranch, over 26 miles of trails crisscross the 1,400-acre park. The forested parklands lie just west of Glen Ellen along the east slope of 2,463-foot Sonoma Mountain. A short walk from the entrance leads to the remains of the Wolf House, which was to be Jack London’s 26-room mansion. The house was built from locally quarried stone, unpeeled redwood logs, and Spanish tiles. The massive four-level, lava-rock house encompassed 15,000 square feet and had nine fireplaces. His dream house burned down in 1913, days before the Londons were to move in. The stone walls and chimneys still remain. Jack London’s grave sits on a quiet knoll in a grove of oaks. A large block of red lava from the Wolf House rests atop Jack’s and his wife Charmian’s ashes. Adjacent to the boulder are the marked older graves of two pioneer children named David and Lillie Greenlaw. Their wooden headstones are dated November 1876, the year Jack London was born. This walk begins at the House of Happy Walls, a beautiful stone building built by London’s widow, Charmian, between 1919 and 1922. The two-story structure was modeled after the Wolf House. It now functions as a museum and visitor center. The building is dedicated to Jack London and his work. It houses mementos and collections from London’s worldwide travels and personal possessions, including his writings, letters, photographs, art, home furnishings, and clothes. The trail then leads through a mixed forest en route to his gravesite and the Wolf House ruins in the redwoods above Asbury Creek. A path loops around the house and climbs to a platform overlooking the second floor"