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  • Family walking at Spring Lake

    Spring Lake features some of our favorite easy trails that are perfect for enjoying nature at a gentle pace.

  • Helen Putnam joggers

    Helen Putnam offers 6 miles of trails with varying length, difficulty, and terrain. 

  • Hood Mountain hikers

    Hood Mountain features our most challenging trails. The park has 19 miles of trail and an elevation gain of more than 1,000 feet.

Popular Hikes

Easy Trails

Easy-level trails can be found throughout the parks system. We consider easy trails to be under 3 miles and relatively flat, with plenty of room to walk with a companion.  Some of the more popular are at Sonoma ValleyCrane CreekRiverfrontSpring LakeRagle Ranch, and Gualala Point regional parks. The Laguna de Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Creek trails are also easy trails. 

Moderate Trails

We consider moderate-level trails to be 3 to 5 miles long with uneven surfaces and some hills. Try trails at Helen Putnam, Foothill, and Shiloh Ranch for hikes that are not too easy and not too strenuous. Some trails at Taylor Mountain, and North Sonoma Mountain can be considered moderate as well.

Challenging Trails

We consider challenging trails those that are 3 miles or longer or feature steep climbs or rugged terrain. Hood Mountain is one of our most challenging parks to hike, with 19 miles of trails and an elevation gain of more than 1,000 feet. Shiloh Ranch also offers challenging hikes. Climbs up North Sonoma Mountain or Taylor Mountain can be strenuous too. 

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Cloudy Day Hikes in Sonoma County

Laguna Trail with clouds

A special thing about winter hiking is the show often taking place in the sky.

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