Share Your Trails Challenge Photos & Win Prizes!
Take the Trails Challenge!
Welcome to the third-annual Sonoma County Trails Challenge, an invitation to explore your Regional Parks and do something good for your body and mind!
The 2016 Trails Challenge features a newly designed guidebook with hiking itineraries for 15 Regional Parks. You're invited to pick at least 5 to hike, run, bike, or ride any time from June through September.
The guidebook rates trails as easy, moderate or strenuous and offers turn-by-turn directions, trail maps, park notes, and driving directions. New this year are suggestions for themed hikes, including an all-park challenge of more than 50 miles.
Finishers get a free Trails Challenge commemorative pin and also can win park memberships and gear packages from REI and CamelBak. Kids get special prizes too, including a new nature-themed from the Sonoma County Library.
If you hiked the Trails Challenge last year, we invite you to join us again this year and try expanded itineraries at Hood Mountain, Shiloh Ranch, Helen Putnam, Spring Lake, and other parks.
Hiking for Health
Health professionals agree that establishing a walking - or hiking - routine is one of the simplest, most effective actions we can take to improve our physical and mental health.
With more than 50 parks and 150 miles of trail, the Regional Parks offer safe, convenient, free, and beautiful hiking destinations throughout Sonoma County, from Sonoma to Bodega Bay and Petaluma to The Sea Ranch.
Hiking for Parks
Becoming a regular trail user is not only good for you, its good for your parks. When you hike, you experience the role parks play in healthy communities and you are more likely to support and protect your public lands.
The Trails Challenge encourages you to get to know Sonoma County's mountains, beaches, forests, rivers, meadows and lakes. Odds are you'll discover a new favorite destination.
Finish the Trails Challenge
- When you have completed 5 or more hikes, turn in the online trails log (coming soon) with basic information about your hikes.
- We will send you a free Trails Challenge commemorative pin or other gift while supplies last.
- If you posted a trails photo on Regional Parks' Facebook page or Instagram, you're eligible for monthly giveaways of park memberships and trail gear from REI and CamelBak. (Winners announced on social media.)
- Kids 12 and younger will get a prize, a "Trails Challenge Explorer" certificate, and instructions for getting a free nature-themed book from the Sonoma County Library. (Parents can submit trails logs for younger children.)
Keep on Hiking
If you're having fun, pick another five trails and take the Trails Challenge again. You're also welcome to join guided hikes. (Check our activities calendar for the latest outings.) And you're always welcome to explore any Regional Park, even if it's not featured in the guidebook.
Trails and Tales
Make the Trails Challenge an adventure for both body and mind by enjoying this reading list suggested by the
Sonoma County Library.
- Andrew Clements: Because Your Mommy Loves You
- Nancy Shaw: Sheep Take a Hike
- Tracy Kane: Fairy Houses
- Jonathan London: The Waterfall
- Galen Longstreth: Yes, Let’s
- Anne Mazer: The Salamander Room
- Michael Rosen: We’re Going on a Bear Hunt
- Elizabeth Scanlon:In the Canyon
- Margaret Hillert: What’s in the Woods, Dear Dragon?
- Lynn Kertell: Outdoor Adventures!
- Herman Parish: Amelia Bedelia Hits the Trail
- Andrew Clements: A Week in the Woods
- Sara Leach: Count Me In
- Wendelin Van Draanen: Sammy Keyes and the Wild Things
- Nancy Wallace: Rocks! Rocks! Rocks!
- Liza Walsh: Treasure Hunter’s Handbook
- Hallie Warshaw: Get Out! Outdoor Activities Kids Can Enjoy Everywhere
- Nancy Blakey: Go Outside: Over 130 Activities for Outdoor Adventures
- Jessica Loy: Follow the Trail: A Young Person’s Guide to
the Great Outdoors
- Marilyn Singer: A Stick is an Excellent Thing: Poems Celebrating
Remember, children who finish their Trails Challenge hikes get a free nature-themed book, compliments of the Library and Regional Parks Foundations. (Pick-up instructions will be provided after the child or parent turns in a trails log.)
- Robert Stone: Day Hikes Around Sonoma County: 125 Great Hikes
- Sarah Cornelius: Walking Softly: A Collection of Mostly
Gentle Walks in Sonoma County, California
- Stephen Hinch: Hiking
and Adventure Guide to the Sonoma Coast and Russian River
Stories about hiking
- Cheryl Strayed: Wild
- Bill Bryson: A Walk in the Woods
- Sally Carrighar: One Day on Beetle Rock
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, CamelBak, the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, and Shutterbug Camera Shops.
Thank you, sponsors, for your generous contributions.