Taylor Mountain (Sonoma County, California)

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Taylor Mountain
Taylor Mtn Sonoma County 10233.jpg
Taylor Mountain, viewed from the southwest
Elevation 1,406 ft (429 m) NAVD 88[1]
Location Sonoma County, California, U.S.
Range Sonoma Mountains
Coordinates 38°24′02″N 122°40′29″W / 38.40066°N 122.67476°W / 38.40066; -122.67476Coordinates: 38°24′02″N 122°40′29″W / 38.40066°N 122.67476°W / 38.40066; -122.67476[1]
Topo map USGS Santa Rosa
Easiest route trail
from the south

Taylor Mountain is a summit at the northern extreme of the Sonoma Mountains in California. The mountain lies in the Laguna de Santa Rosa drainage basin; its east flank drains to Matanzas Creek, a northwestward flowing stream running the length of Bennett Valley, and its west flank drains to Five Creek. The mountain is named after California Gold Rush pioneer John Shackleford Taylor, who settled on the mountain slopes in 1853 to raise dairy cows and plant a vineyard.[2]

North of Taylor Mountain, Taylor Ridge descends toward the city of Santa Rosa. Some of Santa Rosa's urban expansion is taking place to the east of this ridge.

Taylor Mountain is readily visible from Sonoma Mountain, Bennett Valley, the Santa Rosa Plain and from as far north as the Alexander Valley.[3]

The peak of Taylor Mountain defines (in part) the boundary between the Sonoma Coast AVA and the Sonoma Valley AVA, two Federally designated grape-growing regions. Wines made from grapes grown on its western slopes would qualify for the Sonoma Coast appellation, whereas those made from grapes grown on its eastern slopes would qualify for the Sonoma Valley appellation.[4]

Taylor Mountain Regional Park[edit]

The Taylor Mountain Open Space Preserve encompasses over 1,100 acres (450 ha) of Taylor Mountain. The land was purchased for public use between 1995 and 2011 by the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. A Landpaths permit program allowed public access in 2010. The park was opened to the general public on 23 February 2013 with four miles of dirt trails for hikers. Licensed dogs are allowed on leashes no longer than 6 feet. The flanks of the 1,400 feet (430 m) peak provide panoramic views of the Santa Rosa Plains to the west with Bennett Valley and Annadel State Park to the north. Trail access is from a parking lot near the eastern end of Kawana Terrace off Kawana Springs Road east of Santa Rosa Avenue and Petaluma Hill Road. There is a $7 fee per vehicle for day use. The park is open from 8 AM to sunset.[5]

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  1. ^ a b "Taylor Reset". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-25. 
  2. ^ Clark Mason & Brett Wilkison Santa Rosa's new Taylor Mountain Regional Park opens to the public in The Press Democrat 24 February 2013
  3. ^ Visibility of Taylor Peak from the Alexander Valley of Sonoma County[dead link]
  4. ^ Code of Federal Regulations, Title 27, Sections 9.29 and 9.116.
  5. ^ "Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve". County of Sonoma, California. Retrieved 2013-02-26. 

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