Barnabe Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"The loop ride up to Barnabe Peak from the main area of Samuel P. Taylor State Park demands great stamina but little technical skill. Though the peak tops out at 1,466 feet, the highpoint of this counterclockwise loop sits just below it at about 1,400 feet. Starting from Papermill Creek within the park’s cool and shady main picnic area, the trail climbs 1,320 feet in about three unrelenting miles. Be sure to eat your Wheaties because some portions of the journey to the peak measures more than 13% steepness. For strong beginners, staying on your bike and not popping wheelies becomes the technical challenge of the day. The reward for all your grunting and groaning is a 2.5-mile downhill on a smooth wide fire road back to Sir Francis Drake Boulevard—you might not ever have to crank the pedal!"
--Linda Austin, Mountain Bike! Northern California (Menasha Ridge Press).
"From the 1466-foot vantage point atop Barnabe Mountain, clear days allow views of Tomales Bay in the north all the way to Mt. Diablo in the south. Shaded, gradual switchbacks comprise the first half of this route; after an abrupt but brief push to the summit, your return route descends steeply to the redwood forest along Lagunitas Creek."
--Jessica Lage, Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore and Surrounding Area (Wilderness Press).
"Your destination is the rugged stone lookout on Barnabe Peak. As the trail ascends, you’ll get a good look at Bolinas Ridge and San Geronimo Ridge. Once you make the top, stop to rest and take in the sweeping, 360-degree views before heading back to your car. Just before settling back into the shade of the bay laurel, take a left at a signed trail junction to check out the gravesite of mill owner and miner Samuel P. Taylor. Back on the trail, you’ll hook up with the Devils Gulch Fire Road and make your way out to the asphalt trail."
--Thom Gabrukiewicz, Best Hikes with Dogs: Bay Area & Beyond (The Mountaineers Books).
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