Pristine hillsides of madrone, Douglas fir, black oak, buckeye, and bigleaf maple. Grassy meadows, and redwood-filled canyons. These can be explored on trails both short and long, including a Bay Area Ridge Trail segment.
Spring and autumn are the standout seasons at Jack London State Historic Park. In spring you can search for wildflowers in the woods and grasslands, and in autumn the Park’s black oaks and bigleaf maples are gorgeous. Although summer temperatures soar in eastern Sonoma County, many trails are almost entirely shaded. During the wettest months of the year, waterfalls and streams overflow with storm runoff, and trails can be muddy.
Two relatively short historic trails will take you to the Wolf House and on a tour of the Beauty Ranch. There is an audio tour available and dogs are permitted on leash. No smoking. (See our Historic Trail links below).
There are over 29 miles of back-country trails that traverse through mixed forest, redwood groves, oak woodlands, and grassy meadows. The elevation varies from 600 to 2,300 feet. Back-country trails are accessible from the Beauty Ranch and begin on the Lake Service Road near the Winery Ruins. Please use a map when hiking any trails and bring plenty of water. Dogs are not allowed on our back-country trails. Due to fire danger, smoking is not allowed on any trails in the Park. Smoking is allowed only in the 2 paved parking lots. Please fully extinguish all smoking materials to prevent wildfires. (See our Back-country Trail Links below).