Mt. Barnabe’s peak sits at just over 1400 ft, which means one can have a 360 degree view of west Marin, including Redwood forests, Drakes Bay, and the majestic Mr. Tamalpais. This view is the reward for an intense hike. While the trail from the forest floor to the peak is only two and one half miles long, hikers change elevation by over 1100 feet within that short period, and the last 200 feet is climbed within the last 0.3 miles of the trail. As a result, plan on at least an hour and a half to get up and an hour to get back down.
There are two trails that lead to Barnabe’s peak, but only one is currently open: the Gravesite trail. This trail, in addition to its grueling climb to the peak, has access to the gravesite of Samuel P. Taylor, original owner of the land, which is now a state park named for him. The gravesite is simple and unimposing, but does contain a little information about Taylor and his wife, Sara.
NOTE: The second trail, Bill’s trail, is much less grueling than the Gravesite trail, but will not be open for another two years as it is being renovated to better support horses and mountain bikes.