North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve is the newest Sonoma County park. This 820-acre park includes a 4-mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, which connects to Jack London State Historic Park for through-hiking opportunities.
The Ridge Trail begins in the ferns and redwoods on the south fork of Matanzas Creek, then climbs to nearly 2,000 feet through forests of oaks and bay laurels and treats hikers to stunning views of peaks surrounding Santa Rosa and Sonoma Valley.
Additional trails include a wheelchair-accessible vista point above the park entrance and the Umbrella Tree Trail, a 1-mile trail to a majestic bay laurel cluster and views of Santa Rosa and Bennett Valley.
Note: The park does not have drinking water. Please bring your own.
North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Preserve stretches from south of Bennett Valley to the western boundary of Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen. The park entrance is about 5 miles southeast of Santa Rosa.
Trails are open to hikers, bikers, and equestrians, though bikes are limited to the first 2 miles of the Ridge Trail.
The park entrance is along Sonoma Mountain Road just east of Pressley Road. The $7 parking fee can be paid by cash or check only at this time.
Dogs are not permitted on trails at this time.
Several accessible parking spaces are available, including one located near a vista point. The first 800 feet of the Ridge Trail are wheelchair accessible and lead to a creekside picnic area in the redwoods.