Park Brochure (español)
State Historic Park
Jack London State Historic Park • 2400 London Ranch Road • Glen Ellen, CA 95442
(707) 938-5216 • firstname.lastname@example.org • www.jacklondonpark.com
Welcome to Jack London State Historic Park, once known as Jack London’s “Beauty Ranch.” The park’s 1,400
acres include the Beauty Ranch, museum, Wolf House ruins and more than 10 miles of trails. We recommend
that you allow three hours to visit, but if your time is limited we offer three different one-hour tours of the park.
We suggest purchasing a park brochure to aid in your self-guided wander through the past.
MUSEUM: The Museum is open from 10 a.m.
to 5 p.m.
PICNIC AREAS: Picnic tables are available at the
museum parking lot, the Wolf House ruins, the
upper parking lot, and near London’s gravesite.
A group picnic site is available for up to 50
people. Contact the park office for reservations.
HORSES: Horse trailer parking is in the upper
parking lot, far west end. Horses are required to
stay on designated fire roads and trails. Watch
for signs at each trailhead. Please collect horse
droppings from the parking lot and take them
home. Other park visitors will appreciate your
RESTROOMS: Flush toilets are available in
the museum parking lot, and chemical toilets
are available in the upper parking lot and near
BIKES are not allowed at the museum or the
Wolf House ruins. Keep bikes on designated fire
roads. There are seasonal restrictions on trail use.
Watch for signs at each trailhead.
DRINKING FOUNTAINS are located in the lower
parking lot, at the museum, along the trail to the
Wolf House ruins and at the upper lot picnic area.
HIKING OPPORTUNITIES: The park offers more
than 10 miles of fire roads and trails that traverse
through mixed forest, oak woodlands and grassy
meadows. Elevation changes from 600 to 2,300
feet. Carry lots of water, and watch for ticks,
rattlesnakes, mountain lions and poison oak.
Keep parks safe and natural! Report suspicious
DOGS are allowed on leash only in the historic
area. They are not permitted beyond the silos
or inside the buildings. Please clean up after
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To Gravesite and
Wolf House Ruins
RECOMMENDED ONE-HOUR VISITS
Tour #1 Museum and Wolf House Ruins.
Park in the lower lot to the left of the entrance
station. Follow the asphalt path to the House
of Happy Walls. This museum will give you a
glimpse into the adventurous life of Jack and
Charmian London. The House of Happy Walls
holds a collection of souvenirs from their travels
throughout the South Seas. When you have
finished touring the museum, leave by the front
door and take the footpath to your left .6 miles
to the Londons’ gravesites and the famous Wolf
Tour #2 Beauty Ranch Tour. Park in the upper
lot to the right of the entrance station and walk
back in time through Jack London’s experimental
ranch. From the parking lot, a trail leads you over
a knoll into 1911.
The park brochure will guide you to each of the
ranch buildings, historic sites and Jack London’s
home, called the Cottage. The ranch tour is an
easy walk on a gravel roadway approximately
the other side of the lake and continue on the
Mountain Trail for .15 miles to the Upper Lake
Trailhead. This will take you through a forest of
madrone, bay and redwood trees .2 miles to the
Lake Spur. The Lake Spur will intersect with the
Lake Trail and return you to the gravel road.
EXPAND YOUR EXPERIENCE
Docent-led Tours. A variety of tours are offered,
typically at midday on weekends. Check the
posted interpretive schedule for specific details.
Wolf House Express. This service is available for
people needing assistance getting to the Wolf
House ruins and the museum. This free service
is available between noon and 4 p.m. on the
weekends and by appointment.
The Cottage. The Londons’ ranch home has
been restored and now serves as a house
museum. Explore the building as it was
furnished during the Londons’ occupancy,
between 1911 and 1916. Here London wrote
many of his later stories and novels and
planned the development of Beauty Ranch.
Tour #3 Lake Tour. This tour
is for more energetic visitors
seeking to understand why
Jack selected the Valley of
the Moon to lay down his
anchor. Park at the far west
end of the upper lot. Begin
your hike at the Lake Trail
near the horse corral; follow
one-quarter mile until it
intersects a gravel road. Go
right, past the silos to a green
pipe gate. Take the foot path
to your right into the cool,
moist redwood forest. This
trail will lead you to a shallow
5-acre lake built to provide
recreational opportunities for
ranch guests. A bathhouse
“This is to be no summer-residence proposition
built near the lake was used but a home all year round. I am anchoring good
as a changing room and for
and solid and anchoring for keeps...”
boat storage. Follow the
Jack London, June 1905
curved stone dam around
House of Happy Walls Museum.
Enjoy music of the era on
Charmian’s 1901 Steinway grand
piano as volunteer pianists play
for your listening pleasure most
weekend afternoons. Volunteer
docents are also available to
answer questions and provide
insight into Jack and Charmian’s
There are many volunteer
opportunities available at the
park. Call the park Volunteer
Coordinator at (707) 938-4827
for more information.
The park is continually
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