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Taylor Mountain Regional Park -Sonoma County Parks
July 21,22,23 2017


Project Background
Taylor Mountain Regional Park was officially opened with the help of a V-O-Cal project in 2013 after it was transferred from the Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District. Taylor Mountain offers expansive vistas in almost every direction and provides habitat for a variety of wildlife, bird, and plant species. The park has a rich farming and cultural history and was home to the White Sulphur Springs Resort in the 1860s.

Trail Description
Volunteers will complete the construction of the Redtail Trail extension to the Western Trail, creating a southern connection from the new Petaluma Hill Road park entrance to the existing trail system. The project will involve building a 5 foot wide, full bench cut trail bed for about 1,000 feet on gently to steeply sloped rocky terrain. The new trail will allow emergency ATV access to the interior of the park. If time permits we will also rehabilitate parts of the existing lower Redtail Trail to improve access for hikers, bikers, horse and emergency ATVs

Level of Effort
Hiking: moderate
Manual Labor: mixed

Camping is open to volunteers Friday and Saturday nights with Center Camp located at the Petaluma Hill Road entrance to Taylor Mountain Regional Park. Food is also provided for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. While camping is optional and participants are able to participate for one day, this will be a great opportunity to relax after the work day and camp in a festive atmosphere with other volunteers.

Carpooling, Public transportation and Parking
We have set up a MeetUp group to enable carpooling for this project, so if you can provide a ride or if you need one, RSVP at

Driving Directions

The entrance to the park is at 3820 Petaluma Hill Road, Santa Rosa. From the Bay Area take 101 N to Santa Rosa. Take exit 487 toward Yolanda Ave / Hearn Ave. Turn right onto Yolanda Ave, then right again onto Petaluma Hill Rd. Look for the sign to Taylor Mountain Regional Park; turn left at this sign and then watch for the V-O-Cal signs to guide you to the parking area. Center Camp is on the right hand side of the entrance.

Preliminary Schedule
5pm - Registration and camping opens
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:00pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm - Head back to camp.
4pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
5:30pm - Dinner and entertainment.

7:30am - Registration and lunch packing
8am - Hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes.

What to bring and wear
For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:

  • Water, sun hat, and sunscreen. You will NOT be allowed on the trail without a large quart size or larger water container (and preferably 2).

  • Plates, utensils, coffee mug and a cup.
  • Work Gloves (if you do not have work gloves V-O-Cal can provide a pair to use).
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with tread. Working in sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted.
  • Day pack to carry water and lunch.
  • Sunglasses.
  • Insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • IF CAMPING: bring a tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, flashlight, and other camping gear. A coffee mug is also necessary. Also bring a change of clothes.
  • Meals
    V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

  • Please bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. To minimize waste from our projects, we ask that you bring your own dishes. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trails. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:00.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available at 4pm after the work day on Saturday. Dinner will follow at 6:15pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday.
  • Hazards


    There is poison oak along the trails and in our work area. “Bunny suits” will be provided for those who need extra protection. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don’t know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu (which we provide) after the work day and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes. Always wear gloves when handling tools. TICKS
    Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.

    Rattlesnakes can be present in the park, but will likely be scared away by the large number of volunteers. If you see one wait until it leaves the trail before proceeding.

    Please listen to your crew leader’s tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.

    It will likely be hot. Please bring at least one - preferably two large water bottles or a 2 or 3 liter camelbak, and drink plenty of water throughout the work day. Wear a sun hat and sunscreen. Please bring layers to wear and if you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.

    Please bring layers and rain gear and if you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.

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