Archer Taylor Preserve - Devil's Well Water Falls - Mount Veeder
Trail Location: the park is located at the end of Redwood Road, about 8 miles west of it's highway 29 intersection. There are locked gates, so see the park page for permission, codes and complete directions.
They have 2 flush toilets w/ tp in outhouses down the hill by the picnic tables. 7-mi loop hike takes about 4.5 hours.
The 380 acre Archer - Taylor Preserve contains some of the oldest & largest stands of redwoods in the Napa County and the habitats range from redwood riparian to grassy meadows.
It is the result of the extraordinary and exemplary generosity and foresight of the Taylor family.
Archer Taylor Preserve, located in Napa county, once owned by Taylor family, now is a protected area maintained by a non-profit organization Napa Land Trust. The trust organizes several hikes in this preserve every year.
This preserve is quite wild, the trails are either steep uphill or steep downhill, through rocks, several creek crossings, hopping over fallen trees makes it quite adventurous.
Several endangered and threatened plant and animal species live on the Preserve. The land has been largely untouched by man since the 1890s.
Some of the most spectacular falls are in the Archer Taylor Preserve, a privately owned stretch of land in Napa with trails that wind through shady redwood forests and sun-drenched meadows.
The land originally was purchased in 1945 by two professors at UC Berkeley, Dr. Archer Taylor and his wife, Hasseltine Byrd Taylor.
After they died, their two daughters, Ann and Constance, decided to set up the preserve, donating the land in 1993 to The Land Trust of Napa County, a nonprofit that preserves wildlife and agricultural and recreational land in the county.
The 380 acres of land is now jointly owned by the trust, the Taylor sisters and Ann Taylor's husband, Charles Schwing.
Because it is privately owned, hikers must get permission to use the trails. Guided tours are recommended on the first visit because the trails are unmarked, making it easy to get lost.
Like those of Devil's Postpile east of Yosemite, they consist of large columns of rock tightly joined together. In the creek bed of the Preserve, some large column fragments can be found, showing the 5- or 6-sided posts clearly.
Due to logging, this forest is not old-growth redwood, but some very old trees can be seen. The other tall conifer found here is Douglas Fir, identified by its very different bark and needles.