ElevationAscent: 1,155' 352 m
Descent: -1,154' -352 m
High: 1,360' 414 m
Low: 206' 63 m
GradeAvg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 23% (13°)
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“A lovely short run with great views and oak forest trails.”— Kristen Arendt
The run begins on the Redtail Trail which can be found along the north end of the parking lot next to the picnic benches and bathrooms. The trail jaunts through various small rocks while offering a variety of trees and wildlife. This trail acts as a gateway to the rest of Taylor Mountain.
From the Redtail Trail, take a left on the short Connector Trail to head up to the Western Route Trail. Stay to the right at the next two junctions, and you'll find yourself running on the Western Route Trail through an open meadow. In the spring, keep an eye open for wildflowers.
Stay right at the next junction, and the Western Route Trail will come to a four-way intersection with the Eastern Route Trail heading to your right and left, and the Sky Lupine Trail continuing on straight ahead. You'll want to take a right here to continue your climb on the Eastern Route Trail toward Taylor Mountain.
This section of the run will be a bit challenging, but don't worry as you'll soon be coming to a viewpoint where you can stop and catch your breath. The Eastern Route Trail ends just shy of the Taylor Mountain summit, and from here you can enjoy sweeping views of Santa Rosa and beyond.
Once you are done taking in the views, retrace your steps back down to the Redtail Trail where you can take a left to finish off the loop and return to the parking area.
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