San Francisco: Jack London Mountain Trail

Answer the call of the wild on a 7.8-mile round-trip to the redwood retreat of an American literary icon. Later, try the cabernet at a local Sonoma vineyard.
Avatar:
Author:
Publish date:
Social count:
0
Answer the call of the wild on a 7.8-mile round-trip to the redwood retreat of an American literary icon. Later, try the cabernet at a local Sonoma vineyard.

Trail Facts

  • Distance: 6.2

Waypoints

LMT001

Location: 38.3557281494141, -122.544792175293

Swing N into huge eucalyptus grove planted by London himself

LMT002

Location: 38.3558578491211, -122.546043395996

R @ 3-way; this land inspired London’s later work; ahead, winery ruins to S

LMT003

Location: 38.3550071716309, -122.547760009766

R @ 3-way; follow Lake Trail around original vineyard; on R is Pig Palace, a unique pig hotel London designed

LMT004

Location: 38.3543472290039, -122.551246643066

Enter gate; fire road climbs into madrone, CA buckeye, Douglas fir

LMT005

Location: 38.3505859375, -122.551239013672

London built this stone dam to form a 5-acre lake for guests; cross dam, take R @ 3-way onto Mountain Trail

LMT006

Location: 38.3484001159668, -122.554702758789

Path climbs on rock-strewn Mountain Trail amid manzanita, redwoods

LMT007

Location: 38.3469696044922, -122.556922912598

R @ T onto Mountain Trail; traverse ridge into gully

LMT008

Location: 38.3444442749023, -122.56192779541

R @ 3-way; cross S. Graham Creek. Sonoma Ridge Trail begins to L

LMT009

Location: 38.3450050354004, -122.564712524414

Snack break: In season, golden sheets of CA poppies bloom here

LMT010

Location: 38.3461685180664, -122.566940307617

Pass bench overlooking Valley of the Moon and crumpled, uplifted terraces formed by plate shifts & volcanic activity

LMT011

Location: 38.3486747741699, -122.569602966309

L @ 3-way; singletrack climbs western boundary

LMT012

Location: 38.3463745117188, -122.574424743652

N onto Mountain Spur Trail to Park Summit

LMT013

Location: 38.3491516113281, -122.574516296387

Windy summit overlooks 800-acre Beauty Ranch and volcanic bowls of Sonoma wine country; return to car

LMT014

Location: 38.3589782714844, -122.538986206055

Thirsty? From trailhead, hike or drive .5 mi. E on London Ranch Rd. to Benzinger Winery, a chemical-free vineyard. Sample the cabernet, oak-aged in caves