Sonoma County Trails Challenge Starts June 4, 2016
June 1, 2016
Sonoma County Regional Parks kicks off its third-annual Trails Challenge on Saturday, June 4,
in celebration of National Trails Day.
The 2016 Trails Challenge invites residents and visitors to discover the beauty
of Sonoma County and the healthy fun of trail sports by hiking, biking,
running, or riding five or more parks featured in the Trails Challenge's free, downloadable guidebook any time from June through
Finishers who turn in an online trails log will get a Trails
Challenge commemorative pin. If they post a hiking selfie or trail photo on Regional Parks' Facebook page or Instagram using
#SonomaCountyParks #TrailsChallenge, they will be eligible for monthly
giveaways of park memberships and packs, tents, and other gear from REI and CamelBak.
Children who take the Trails Challenge also will get a prize
plus a Trails Challenge Explorer certificate and a free nature-themed book
compliments of the Sonoma County Library and Regional Parks Foundations.
The guidebook features easy, moderate or strenuous hikes ranging
from 2 to 9 miles and offers key facts about the parks, turn-by-turn trail
notes, maps, and driving directions. New for 2016, the guidebook recommends themed hikes - including an all-park
challenge of more than 50 miles – and combined hikes at Hood Mountain/Sugarloaf
Ridge and is available in Spanish for the first time.
Also new this year is a Trails Challenge reading list of
outdoors-themed books for adults and children created by the Sonoma County
National Trails Day is celebrated the first Saturday of June
with events promoting America's trail networks. Regional Parks’ network
includes more than 150 miles of trails throughout Sonoma County, including the outdoor recreation destinations
of the Sonoma Coast, Russian River and Sonoma Valley. The Trails Challenge invites
participants to explore these landscapes on their own, with family,
with friends, with their dogs, or as part of guided outings.
The popular hiking duo Bill & Dave Hikes will lead a free Trails
Challenge outing at North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park on Saturday, June 11.
This strenuous hike starts at 10 a.m. and covers a total of 9 miles on the Sonoma
Mountain Ridge Trail that links to adjacent Jack London State Historic Park.
To start the Trails Challenge, download the free guidebook from the Trails Challenge
page at sonomacountyparks.org. A limited
number of print copies are available beginning June 3 at the staffed entries to
Spring Lake and Ragle Ranch parks and Regional Parks'
office, 2300 County Center Drive, Suite 120A, in Santa Rosa. For more
information, call Regional Parks at (707) 565-2041.
The Trails Challenge is supported by the Sonoma County Regional
Parks Foundation with sponsorship from REI Co-Op, Whole Foods Market, Green Valley Consulting
Engineers, EBA Engineering, Spring Lake Village, the Sonoma County Public
Library Foundation, CamelBak, and Shutterbug Camera Shops.
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