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          Hiking and walking are by far the most popular activities in Sonoma County's Regional Parks.

          With more than 140 miles of trails leading to beaches, mountains, forests, lakes, and meadows, it's easy to discover the beauty of Sonoma County and the health benefits of time spent in nature. 

          From paved paths for easy walks to remote routes for strenuous treks, we have trails for all types of explorers and destinations as spectacular as the Sonoma Valley, the Russian River and the Sonoma Coast.

          We invite you to join us on a guided hike or to hike on your own by browsing our Find a Park page. You can print or download trail maps from the individual park pages. 

          Easy trails

          Some of our favorite easy trails are at Sonoma Valley, Crane Creek, Riverfront, Spring Lake, Ragle Ranch, and Gualala Point regional parks as well as the Laguna de Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Creek trails. We consider easy trails to be under 3 miles and relatively flat, with plenty of room to walk side by side with a companion. Many of these trails are fully or partially paved and are perfect for enjoying nature at a gentle pace.

          Moderate trails

          For hikes requiring a little more effort, we like Taylor Mountain, Helen Putnam, Tolay Lake, Foothill, and Shiloh regional parks and the Pinnacle and Shorttail Gulch coastal access trails. We consider moderate-level trails to be 3 to 5 miles long with uneven surfaces and some hills. Many moderate-level hikes can be created by walking several of the shorter looped trails within the parks.

          Challenging trails

          Hood Mountain Regional Park features our most challenging trails. The park has 19 miles of trail and an elevation gain of more than 1,000 feet. The payoff is a jaw-dropping view of Sonoma Valley. Shiloh Ranch also offers challenging hikes in its trail loops, and the climb to the top of Taylor Mountain is a fairly strenuous endeavor. We consider challenging trails those that are 5 miles or longer or feature steep climbs or rugged terrain. These trails are for experienced hikers.

          We love to see dogs on trails - as long as they're on a leash. The only exceptions are Shiloh Ranch and North Sonoma Mountain Regional Parks, where dogs are not allowed on trails.

          Guided Hikes

          We offer guided hikes throughout the year. Please check the activities calendar for the latest outings. 

          Nuestros Parques

          Nuestros Parques Join us for Nuestros Parques, our Spanish-language nature hikes. A bilingual naturalist leads these free, family walks on the first Saturday of each month. We explore the parks, learn about plants and animals and discover why time outdoors is good for our bodies and minds. Walks start at 10 a.m. and end at noon. Then we enjoy a potluck picnic in the park!

          Family Hikes

          Join naturalists from Spring Lake's Environmental Discovery Center on family-friendly hikes into the park at 1 and 3 p.m. on third Saturdays in September and from November through May. Kids and parents both can learn more about local plants and wildlife and have fun afterward making eco-crafts at the Environmental Discovery Center.

          Staying Healthy and Safe on Trails

          • Wear sturdy shoes, and dress in layers to accommodate Sonoma County's many microclimates. Don’t forget to apply sunscreen and pack a hat and sunglasses. 
          • Reduce your exposure to ticks by following these suggestions from the Marin/Sonoma Mosquito & Vector Control District
          • Bring water for everyone in your party and a high-energy snack or lunch, depending on the length of your hike. If you're hiking with your dog, be sure you bring water for your pet. 
          • Stay on marked trails at all times.
          • Carry your cell phone, and if possible, a map of the park.
          • When you complete your hike, check yourself and your dog for ticks. 

          Sonoma County Regional Parks Trails Challenge 2017

          Finish the Trails Challenge?

          Turn in this online trails log (online trails log en Español) by October 15 to receive your free t-shirt while supplies last!

          Download the Trails Guide to Use Year-Round:

          Desktop edition (23 MB)
          Mobile edition (7 MB)

          Desktop Español (25 MB)
          Mobile Español (7 MB)

          Hiking Sonoma

          Check out our trails

          Catch some highlights of our popular parks and trails.

          Hiking in Sonoma County

          Wanna backpack?

          Hood Mountain Regional Park has three hike-in campsites where you can find your wild side. Book a spot

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