Helen Putnam Trails Challenge group hike

Tales for Trails

Make the Sonoma County Trails Challenge an adventure for body and mind by enjoying these nature-themed books suggested by Sonoma County Library and Regional Parks' staff.

For Adults

Novels and Memoirs

  • Sally Carrighar: One Day on Beetle Rock
  • Cheryl Strayed: Wild
  • Bill Bryson: A Walk in the Woods
  • John Muir: A Thousand Mile Walk to the Gulf
  • Jack Kerouac: The Dharma Bums
  • Brad Allen: The Middle Fork, Finding Significance in a Forested Valley
  • Richard Preston: The Wild Trees
  • Craig Bohren: Clouds in a Glass of Beer - Simple Experiments in Atmospheric Physics
  • M. Wylie Blanchet: The Curve of Time
  • Keith Foskett: The Last Englishman
  • Colin Fletcher: The Thousand Mile Summer
  • Jon Krakauer: Into the Wild


  • Robert Stone: Day Hikes Around Sonoma County: 125 Great Hike
  • 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

For Children


  • 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 (Except Indoors)
  • 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 Outdoor Play

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Regional Parks members enjoy free parking, a free night of camping, free admission to the Tolay Fall Festival, and more.

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