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Popular Hikes

Hiking at Riverfront Regional Park

Easy Trails

Easy-level trails can be found throughout the parks system. We consider easy trails to be under 3 miles and relatively flat, with plenty of room to walk with a companion.  Some of the more popular are at Sonoma ValleyCrane CreekRiverfrontSpring LakeRagle Ranch, and Gualala Point regional parks. The Laguna de Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Creek trails are also easy trails. 

Moderate Trails

We consider moderate-level trails to be 3 to 5 miles long with uneven surfaces and some hills. Try trails at Helen Putnam, Foothill, and Shiloh Ranch for hikes that are not too easy and not too strenuous. Some trails at Taylor Mountain, and North Sonoma Mountain can be considered moderate as well.

Challenging Trails

We consider challenging trails those that are 3 miles or longer or feature steep climbs or rugged terrain. Hood Mountain is one of our most challenging parks to hike, with 19 miles of trails and an elevation gain of more than 1,000 feet. Shiloh Ranch also offers challenging hikes. Climbs up North Sonoma Mountain or Taylor Mountain can be strenuous too.