East of Ukiah, the North Cow Mountain Recreation Area has a 15 mile trail network open to horseback riding. The terrain is rugged, consisting mostly of steep, chaparral-covered slopes with scattered stands of fir, pine and oak. Elevations range from 800 to 4,000 feet. The area offers beautiful views of Ukiah and Clear Lake, over 31 miles of stream, 13 wildlife reservoirs, and habitat for blacktail deer, bear, wild turkey, and other upland species.
Cow Mountain Recreation Area is located in the Mayacmas Mountains between Ukiah and Lakeport, about 2 hours north of San Francisco.
From Ukiah, take State Highway 101 to the Talmage Road exit. Go east on Talmage Road about 1.5 miles. Turn right at East Side Road and proceed 0.3 miles to Mill Creek Road. Turn left on Mill Creek Road and continue east about 3 miles to turnoff for the North Cow Mountain Area. Turn left and continue up steep, winding dirt road 0.5 miles to BLM public lands.
From Lakeport, take State Highway 29 to the 11th street exit. Go west on 11th street, which becomes Scotts Valley Road. Continue on Scotts Valley Road 6 miles to Glenn Eden Trailhead on the right. Park in signed areas.
Overall, Cow Mountain - North is the 2nd most popular horse trail of all 81 horseback rides in California.