Cloudy Day Hikes in Sonoma County
One of the special things about winter hiking in Sonoma County is the beautiful show in the sky. Here are three ways to enjoy winter skies while hiking the Laguna de Santa Rosa Trail, Doran Beach or Shiloh Ranch.
Stillwater Cove Regional Park
Stillwater Cove Regional Park, at 210 acres, offers picnic facilities and a spectacular view of the Pacific Ocean from Stillwater Cove. The park has open meadows mixed with coastal forest. There is a half-mile trail leading to the historic one-room Fort Ross Schoolhouse.
Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve
1450 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa
1450 Pythian Road
Sweeping views of Sonoma Valley from Gunsight Rock
Backpacking sites, trail connection to Sugarloaf State Park
Park Map 7.9 MB
Trails Amenities Safety Mounted Assistance no no
Riverfront Regional Park
Riverfront Regional Park is located adjacent to the Russian River and is just minutes west of downtown Windsor. The main attractions in the park are two former gravel pits which have been reclaimed as lakes offering bass fishing. No swimming is allowed in the lakes. Amenities include individual and reservable group picnic areas (with BBQs), a two-mile multiuse trail around Lake Benoist and a half mile long trail over Redwood Hill. Additional facilities include a volleyball court and horseshoe pit as well as a drinking fountain and flush toilets.
North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park Opens February 14
North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve opens to the public Saturday, February 14. The 820-acre park southeast of Santa Rosa features a 4-mile Bay Area Ridge Trail connection to Jack London State Historic Park. The trail climbs to nearly 2,000 feet on the north face of the mountain, leading hikers across creeks and forests and offering stunning views of Sonoma County.
Spring Lake Regional Park
At 320-acres, Spring Lake Regional Park features trails for walking, hiking, bicycling and horseback riding as well as a 3-acre lagoon for summer swimming, and a 72-acre lake for boating and fishing. Amenities also include a 31-site campground, picnic areas with barbecues, a par course, and the Environmental Discovery Center.
3 Hikes on North Sonoma Mountain
Sonoma Mountain is a landmark of central and southern Sonoma County, visible for miles around Santa Rosa and the Sonoma Valley. Having just opened in 2015, North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve offers public trails on the north side of the mountain for the first time. Hiking options include a standout section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail that connects to Jack London State Historic Park and two shorter trails with equally stunning views of Wine Country valleys and peaks.
Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail
The steep Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail leads to a spectacular view of hidden coves and rock formations. Fishing is excellent but challenging. A perfect place to spend an enjoyable day for picnicking, sightseeing and relaxation. Can be hiked as a 1.9-mile loop with Shorttail Gulch Trail. Flush restroom facility at parking lot.
Cloverdale River Park
Cloverdale River Park offers seasonal fishing and a boat launch area with parking for kayaks, canoes and drift boats. It is a great spot for wildlife viewing along the river and at the seasonal freshwater ponds on the east side of the site.
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