Taylor Mountain Professional Review and Guide
"Taylor Mountain is a summit at the northern end of Sonoma Mountain with a descending ridge that drops down into Santa Rosa. The city lies adjacent to the preserve’s northwest end, but the open space remains undeveloped. The headwaters for Colgan Creek, Cooper Creek, Matanzas Creek, and Todd Creek originate from the mountain. Taylor Mountain is named for Gold Rush pioneer John Taylor, who settled on the scenic slopes in the 1850s to raise dairy cows and plant a vineyard. Keeping with its agricultural history, cattle grazing continues within the park to this day. Prior to agricultural development, the Southern Pomo Indians inhabited the site until the 19th century. Taylor Mountain Open Space Preserve encompasses more than 1,100 acres. It was opened to the public in 2013. There are four miles of hiking, biking, and equestrian trails along two routes. Future plans include the development of a 17-mile trail system with six loops and another trailhead from Petaluma Hill Road. This loop hikes begin from the main trailhead at the north end of the preserve. The trail passes through shaded oak woodlands, open grassland meadows, and wetlands en route to the 1,400- foot summit of Taylor Mountain. The route utilizes old ranch roads and paths that cross the rolling terrain to the high mountain pastures. From the summit are panoramic views of Bennett Valley, Annadel State Park, Hood Mountain, and Bald Mountain to the north; the entire Santa Rosa Plain and the coastal range, including Mount Tamalpais, to the west; the Mayacamas Mountains, including Mount Saint Helena, to the east; and Mount Diablo to the south."