The park is open from sunrise to sunset.
Free. The Highway 12 entrance has 12 parking spaces, bike racks, three spaces for horse trailers, a chemical toilet, and trash and recycling bins. The Occidental Road entrance has eight parking spaces and bike racks.
(1) 6303 Highway 12, Santa Rosa; (2) 5420 Occidental Road, Santa Rosa
Licensed dogs are permitted on the multi-use trail segment on leashes no longer than 6 feet. Due to the environmental sensitivity of the area, dogs are not permitted on the pedestrian-only trail segment.
The trail is paved with crushed stone and is wheelchair accessible. Each parking lot includes one ADA space.
On the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail, visitors can discover the biologically diverse landscape of Sonoma County’s largest freshwater wetland. Internationally recognized for its ecological importance, the Laguna’s marshes, vernal pools, riparian woodland and valley oak savannah are rich habitat for wildlife and plants, including the special-status California tiger salamander, Sebastopol meadowfoam and Lobb’s aquatic buttercup.
This 1.8-mile multi-use trail is open to hikers and equestrians and includes an overlook with benches and Laguna and vineyard views. The trail runs on the east side of the Laguna channel between Highway 12 and Occidental Road, with parking areas along both roads. Visitors walking north on the trail from the Highway 12 entrance will enjoy views of Mount Saint Helena. An unpaved .6-mile pedestrian-only segment loops off the trail toward the riparian cover along the channel. In rainy weather, the Laguna transforms from a dry to flooded landscape, and trail sections may be closed.
This trail represents the initial phase of the Laguna de Santa Rosa Protected Lands Trail Plan.
Due to maintenance issues, we ask that cyclists please walk their bicycles on the trail.
The recently constructed multi-use trail between Occidental Road and Highway 12 is cracking and chipping. We request that bicyclists walk their bikes along the trail. The trail crack repair work will be an ongoing maintenance project. - See more at: http://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Laguna_de_Santa_Rosa_Trail.aspx?cmsMode=Preview#sthash.dBU9QbtW.dpuf
Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail
6303 Highway 12, Santa Rosa
This trail is featured in the Sonoma County Trails Challenge, which invites you to get out and get active by hiking five of 15 routes highlighted in the new Trails Challenge guidebook. Submit a trails log when you finish all five hikes and win a free water bottle!
Highway 12 trailhead to Occidental Road Trail and back
Length: 3.6 miles round trip
Degree of difficulty: Easy
Elevation Gain: 36 feet
- The Laguna de Santa Rosa is the second-largest freshwater marsh in Northern California and serves as a critical flood basin for the Russian River. The Laguna is internationally known for its ecological significance. Its wetlands, riparian woodland and valley oak savanna are habitat for hundreds of migrating and native bird species and a diverse collection of animals and plants, including some rare or endangered.
- The Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail is just east of Sebastopol and runs east of the Laguna’s main channel. The trail opened in late 2012 and is the initial phase of a larger trail network planned for the Laguna.
- The trail is paved with crushed stone and runs 1.8 miles between Highway 12 and Occidental Road. An unpaved .6-mile pedestrian-only segment loops off toward the riparian cover. (Sensitive habitat makes the unpaved area off-limits to dogs, horses and bicycles.) The junction with the pedestrian loop has a viewing area with benches.
- Both the Highway 12 and Occidental Road trailheads have small parking lots. The Highway 12 lot has a portable restroom. No drinking fountains.
- Hikers can connect to paths in Sebastopol’s Laguna Wetlands Preserve, which provides access to the Laguna itself.
- From the Highway 12 trailhead, follow the multi-use trail to the north. You’ll pass Meadowlark Field on your left for .2 miles.
- Trail curves to the right and continues for .07 miles, passing Kelly Marsh on the right and arrives at an overlook area, where you can pause and take in the landscape of the Laguna and neighboring vineyards.
- Continue north on the trail for .6 miles to the Occidental Road trailhead.
- At this point, you can return the way you came, perhaps adding the pedestrian-only .6-mile loop at Kelley Marsh to your final leg.
- From Santa Rosa, drive west on Highway 12 for 5.5 miles. The park entrance is clearly marked on the right side of the highway as you approach Sebastopol. No parking fee.