Day Hikes Around Sonoma County: 125 Great Hikes

Day Hikes Around Sonoma County: 125 Great Hikes

by Robert Stone
Day Hikes Around Sonoma County: 125 Great Hikes

Day Hikes Around Sonoma County: 125 Great Hikes

by Robert Stone

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Overview

Sonoma County is 35 miles north of San Francisco on the Pacific coast. This California county is known for its wineries and a magnificent natural landscape—a picturesque mix of rugged coastline, steep cliffs, forested hillsides, and verdant agricultural valleys. The cities, towns, and villages are as diverse as the geography. Interspersed throughout the landscape are thousands of acres of undeveloped parklands, forests, and open space. Day Hikes Around Sonoma County is a collection of 125 of the county's best day hikes, providing access to both well-known and out-of-the-way greenspace. Hikes are found along the Pacific Ocean, across the coastal ridges, into wide valleys, and through thick forests. A third of the hikes are located along the coastline, accessed by Highway 1, which connects the coastal towns as it snakes along the oceanfront cliffs and bluffs. Many coastal access points that are not easily recognized from Highway 1 are clearly described. The remaining hikes explore the inland mountains, hillsides, and valleys through numerous state parks, regional parks, and undeveloped land. Highlights include fog-shrouded redwood forests, creekside canyons, wildlife sanctuaries, lakes, tidal bays, wave-pounded coastline, and sweeping panoramic views. A wide range of hikes accommodates amateur to avid hikers, from beachfront strolls to canyon treks. Straight-forward directions and clear maps accompany all hikes. A thorough index includes cities, trails, and points of interest.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781573420723
Publisher: Day Hike Books, Inc.
Publication date: 03/07/2016
Edition description: 2nd Edition
Pages: 448
Sales rank: 435,321
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

About The Author
Since 1991, Robert Stone has been writer, photographer, and publisher of Day Hike Books. He is a Los Angeles Times Best Selling Author and an award-winning journalist of the Rocky Mountain Outdoor Writers and Photographers, the Outdoor Writers Association of California, the Northwest Outdoor Writers Association, the Bay Area Travel Writers, and the Outdoor Writers Association of America. Robert resides summers in Red Lodge, Montana, and winters near Morro Bay, California. Titles of author's four most recent books: Day Hikes Around Los Angeles, 6th Edition (2015); 9781573420716 Day Hikes Around San Luis Obispo, 3rd Edition (2015); 9781573420709 Day Hikes Day Hikes Around Big Sur, 2nd Edition (2014); 9781573420686 Day Hikes in Grand Teton National Park, 5th Edition (2014); 9781573420693

Table of Contents

COASTAL HIKES North Coast North Coast: Mendonoma (Hikes 1–11) 1. Manchester State Beach 2. Northern Bluffs and the Garcia River: Stornetta Public Lands 3. Southern Bluffs: Stornetta Public Lands 4. Point Arena • Point Arena Lighthouse: Stornetta Public Lands 5. Moat Creek Beach • Ross Creek Beach 6. Schooner Gulch State Beach and Bowling Ball Beach 7. Gualala River Trail: Gualala Point Regional Park 8. Whale Watch Point: Gualala Point Regional Park 9. Coastal Bluff Top Trail • Salal Cove: Gualala Point Regional Park • Sea Ranch 10. Coastal Bluff Top Trail at Sea Ranch: Salal Trail to Walk-On Beach: Gualala Point Regional Park to Sea Ranch 11. Sea Ranch Beaches Access Trails Central Coast Sonoma County: Stewarts Point to Jenner Central Coast (Hikes 12–25) Salt Point State Park (Hikes 12–19) 12. Fisk Mill Cove to Horseshoe Point: Salt Point State Park 13. Bluff Trail: Fisk Mill Cove to Stump Beach–Salt Point State Park 14. Stump Beach Trail: Salt Point State Park 15. Salt Point Trail: Gerstle Cove to Stump Beach: Salt Point State Park 16. South Gerstle Trail and the Southern Bluffs: Salt Point State Park 17. Pygmy Forest: North Trail–Central Trail Loop: Salt Point State Park 18. The Prairie: Central Trail–South Trail Loop: Salt Point State Park 19. Plantation and Prairie Trails • San Andreas Rift Zone: Salt Point State Park 20. Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve 21. Stillwater Cove Regional Park Fort Ross State Historic Park (Hikes 22–25) 22. Fort Ross Orchard and Spyra Memorial Grove to Kolmer Gulch Camp: Fort Ross State Historic Park 23. Lower Kolmer Gulch to Coastal Overlook: Fort Ross State Historic Park 24. Fort Ross North Headlands: Fort Ross State Historic Park 25. Fort Ross Cove–Russian Cemetery: Fort Ross Cove • Southern Bluffs: Fort Ross State Historic Park Southern Coast: Jenner to Bodega Bay • Sonoma Coast State Park Southern Coast (Hikes 26–37) 26. Vista Trail 27. Russian Gulch 28. North Jenner Headland: North Jenner Bluffs 29. North Jenner Bluffs 30. Goat Rock Beach to Harbor Seal Nursery 31. Kortum Trail: north end • Blind Beach to Shell Beach 32. Kortum Trail: south end • Shell Beach to Wright’s Beach 33. Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach Bodega Head (Hikes 34–37) 34. Bodega Head 35. Horseshoe Cove Overlook: Bodega Head 36. Bird Walk Coastal Access Path: Doran Park Marsh 37. Pinnacle Gulch: Bodega Bay INLAND HIKES North Central Sonoma County: Guerneville • Forestville • Windsor • Lake Sonoma North Sonoma County (Hikes 38–48) 38. Cloverdale River Park Lake Sonoma Recreation Area (Hikes 39–43) 39. Woodland Ridge Trail: Lake Sonoma Recreation Area 40. South Lake Trail to Skaggs Springs Vista: Lake Sonoma Recreation Area 41. Little Flat to Bummer Peak: Lake Sonoma Recreation Area 42. Dry Creek Trail: Lone Rock to Gray Pine Flat: Lake Sonoma Recreation Area 43. Half-A-Canoe Loop: Lake Sonoma Recreation Area 44. Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve Armstrong Redwoods • Austin Creek (Hikes 45–48) 45. Armstrong Nature Trail: Pioneer Trail, Icicle Tree Trail and Discovery Trail: Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve 46. East Ridge–Pool Ridge Loop: Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area 47. Gilliam Creek Trail–East Austin Creek: East Loop: Austin Creek State Recreation Area 48. Gilliam Creek Trail–East Austin Creek: Double Loop: Austin Creek State Recreation Area Calistoga Area: Robert Louis Stevenson State Park • Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Calistoga Area (Hikes 49–60) 49. Petrified Forest Robert Louis Stevenson State Park (Hikes 50–55) 50. Stevenson Memorial Trail: Robert Louis Stevenson State Park 51. Mount Saint Helena Trail: Robert Louis Stevenson State Park 52. Table Rock: Robert Louis Stevenson State Park 53. Table Rock Trail–Palisades Trail: Holm’s Place from the north: Robert Louis Stevenson State Park 54. Historic Oak Hill Mine Road: Holm’s Place from the south: Robert Louis Stevenson State Park 55. Table Rock Trail–Palisades Trail–Historic Oat Hill Mine Road • one-way shuttle: Robert Louis Stevenson State Park Bothe–Napa Valley State Park (Hikes 56–60) 56. Coyote Peak Trail–Ritchey Canyon Loop: Bothe–Napa Valley State Park 57. Lower Ritchey Canyon Loop: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park 58. Middle Ritchey Canyon Loop: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park 59. Upper Ritchey Canyon Loop to Traverso Homestead: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park 60. Bale Grist Mill State Historic Park: Bothe-Napa Valley State Park Central Sonoma County: Santa Rosa • Sebastopol • Rohnert Park Central Sonoma County: Santa Rosa Area (Hikes 61–78) 61. Steelhead Beach Regional Park 62. Riverfront Regional Park 63. West County Regional Trail: Forestville to Graton 64. Joe Rodota Trail from Sebastopol 65. Laguna de Santa Rosa Wetland Preserve 66. Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail 67. Ragle Ranch Regional Park 68. Santa Rosa Creek Trail: East • Willowside Road to Fulton Road 69. Santa Rosa Creek Trail: West • Willowside Road to Delta Pond 70. Colgan Creek Trail 71. Perimeter Loop: Foothill Regional Park 72. The Three Ponds: Foothill Regional Park 73. South Ridge–Ridge–Canyon Loop: Shiloh Ranch Regional Park 74. Ridge Trail–Creekside Loop: Shiloh Ranch Regional Park 75. Big Leaf–South Ridge–Ridge Loop: Shiloh Ranch Regional Park 76. Taylor Mountain Open Space Preserve 77. Copeland Creek Trail 78. Crane Creek Regional Park South Central Sonoma County • Santa Rosa to Sonoma South Central Sonoma County (Hikes 79–110) 79. Howarth Park 80. Spring Lake Regional Park Annadel State Park (Hikes 81–85) 81. Cobblestone–Orchard Loop: Annadel State Park 82. Lake Ilsanjo: Annadel State Park 83. Two Quarry Trail to Ledson Marsh: Annadel State Park 84. Ledson Marsh: Two Quarry–Lawndale Shuttle: Annadel State Park 85. Lawndale Trail–Schultz Canyon Loop: Annadel State Park Hood Mountain Regional Park map (Hikes 86–90) 86. Lower Johnson Ridge Trail to Merganser Pond and Blue Heron Pond • Hood Mountain Regional Park 87. Hood Mountain from Pythian Road: Hood Mountain–Route 1 • Hood Mountain Regional Park 88. Hood Mountain from Los Alamos Road: Hood Mountain–Route 2 • Hood Mountain Regional Park 89. Hood Mountain from Adobe Canyon Road: Hood Mountain–Route 3 • Sugarloaf Ridge State Park/Hood Mountain Regional Park 90. Hood Mountain Shuttle Hike • Sugarloaf Ridge State Park/Hood Mountain Regional Park Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (Hikes 91–96) 91. Pony Gate–Canyon Loop: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 92. Creekside Nature Trail: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 93. Meadow–Hillside Loop: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 94. Brushy Peaks–Gray Pine Loop (including the Planet Walk): Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 95. Bald Mountain–Headwaters–Vista Loop: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park 96. Bald Mountain–Gray Pine Loop: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park Jack London State Historic Park map (Hikes 97–103) 97. Wolf House Ruins and Jack London’s Grave: Jack London State Historic Park 98. Beauty Ranch: Jack London State Historic Park 99. Lake Trail Loop: Jack London State Historic Park 100. Ancient Redwood, Fern Lake and Historic Orchard: Jack London State Historic Park 101. Woodcutter’s Meadow–Asbury Creek Loop: Jack London State Historic Park 102. Sonoma Ridge Trail: Jack London State Historic Park 103. Sonoma Mountain Trail to Summit: Jack London State Historic Park 104. North Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail: North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space 105. Umbrella Tree Trail: North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space 106. Sonoma Valley Regional Park 107. Maxwell Farms Regional Park 108. Sonoma Overlook Trail 109. Sonoma Bike Path 110. Bartholomew Memorial Park Southern Sonoma County: San Pablo Bay • Novato • Petaluma Southern Sonoma County (Hikes 111–125) 111. Newell Open Space Preserve Napa–Sonoma Marshes: San Pablo Bay 112. Huichica Creek Unit: Napa–Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area 113. Hudeman Slough Nature Trail: Ringstrom Bay Unit: Napa–Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area 114. Napa River Unit: Napa–Sonoma Marshes Wildlife Area 115. San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge: Lower Tubbs Island • Tolak Creek 116. Helen Putnam Regional Park 117. Alman Marsh: Petaluma Marina to Shollenbrger Park 118. Shollenberger Park 119. Causeway Trail to Three Bridges Vista Point: Tolay Lake Regional Park 120. Fish Pond and Vista Pond Loop: Tolay Lake Regional Park 121. Olompali State Historic Park 122. Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve 123. Rush Creek Open Space Preserve 124. Deer Island Open Space Preserve 125. Indian Valley Open Space Preserve Environmental Foundations Companion Guides Index
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