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          Trails Challenge

          Sonoma County Trails Challenge!

          The Sonoma County Trails Challenge is an invitation to explore your Regional Parks and do something good for your body and mind! 

          The Trails Challenge runs from June through September when participants are invited to hike, run, bike or ride at least 5 trails featured in the free Trails Challenge guidebook. 

          The 2017 guidebook features 7 new hikes and includes park notes, trail ratings, turn-by-turn directions, maps, and suggestions for themed hikes, including an all-park challenge of more than 50 miles. 

          When you finish you'll get a free Trails Challenge T-shirt (while supplies last.) Kids also get a free a nature-themed book from the Sonoma County Library.

          Share your Trails Challenge photos on Regional Parks' Facebook page or Instagram with #TrailsChallenge #SonomaCountyParks to be eligible for monthly giveaways of park memberships and REI trail gear! 

          Until the 2018 guidebook is published, you're invited to download the 2017 guide and keep it as a resource for exploring the parks.

          Happy Hiking!

          Hiking for Health

          Health professionals agree that establishing a walking - or hiking - routine is one of the simplest, most effective actions we can take to improve our physical and mental health. 

          With more than 50 parks and 150 miles of trail, the Regional Parks offer safe, convenient, free, and beautiful hiking destinations throughout Sonoma County, from Sonoma to Bodega Bay and Petaluma to The Sea Ranch. 

          Hiking for Parks

          Becoming a regular trail user is not only good for you, its good for your parks. When you hike, you experience the role parks play in healthy communities and you are more likely to support and protect your public lands.

          The Trails Challenge encourages you to explore Sonoma County's mountains, beaches, forests, rivers, meadows and lakes. Odds are you'll discover a new favorite destination. 

          Start the Trails Challenge

          1. Download the free Trails Challenge guidebook: 

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

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

          A limited number of print editions are available at the staffed entries to Spring Lake and Ragle Ranch parks and at Regional Parks' Santa Rosa office.

          2. Review the guidebook and select 5 different trails to hike any time June through September. 

          3. Post a hiking selfie or trail photo on Regional Parks' Facebook page or on Instagram using #SonomaCountyParks #TrailsChallenge. If you finish the Challenge, your post makes you eligible for monthly giveaways of park memberships or gear from REI.

          Finish the Trails Challenge

          • When you have completed 5 or more hikes, turn in an online trails log (en Español) by October 15 with basic information about your hikes.
          • Receive instructions for getting your free Trails Challenge T-shirt while supplies last. (Parents can submit trails logs for children, and will receive instructions for also claiming a free nature-themed kids' book from the Sonoma County Library.) 
          • If you posted a trails photo on Regional Parks' Facebook page or Instagram with #SonomaCountyParks #TrailsChallenge, you are eligible for monthly giveaways of park memberships and REI trail gear. (Winners are announced each month on social media.) 

          Keep Hiking

          If you're having fun, pick another 5 trails and take the Trails Challenge again. Did you know Regional Parks turns 50 in 2017? If you hike each of the 15 featured parks in the Trails Challenge guide, you'll cover more than 50 miles! If you're up for hiking 50 for our 50th, you'll be eligible for special giveaways at the end of the Challenge. 

          Tales for Trails

          Make the Trails Challenge an adventure for both body and mind by enjoying these titles suggested by the Sonoma County Library and Regional Parks' staff. Children who finish the Trails Challenge get a new nature book from the Sonoma County Library as a prize!

          • 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
          • 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 Hikes
          • 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

          Children's Stories 

          • Andrew Clements: Because Your Mommy Loves You
          • Nancy Shaw: Sheep Take a Hike
          • Tracy Kane: Fairy Houses
          • Jonathan London: The Waterfall
          • Galen Longstreth: Yes, Let’s
          • 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

           Children's Nonfiction

          • 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

          The Trails Challenge is supported by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation with sponsorship from REI Co-Op, Whole Foods Market, Green Valley Consulting Engineers, EBA Engineering, Spring Lake Village, the Pacific Foundation for Medical Care, the Sonoma County Public Library Foundation, Shutterbug Camera Shops and the Sonoma County Water Agency.

          Thank you, sponsors, for your generous contributions.

          Trails Challenge Sponsors

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          Thank you, Trails Challenge Hikers

          Congratulations to everyone who completed this year's challenge. Hundreds of participants took to the trails this summer and fall to get healthy, spend time with family and friends, and discover new parks. We're already thinking up new Trails Challenge adventures for next year, and hope you'll join us again.

          Download the Trails Guide to Use Year-Round:

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

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

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