Hiking in Sonoma County

15th Nov 2020 @ 13:21 by Sue

In Wine Country we are blessed with a number of amazing spots for hiking. Did you know that hiking offers fantastic health benefits to you? Taking a hike can lower stress levels, improve your mood, and enhance your mental well-being! Not only that, regular hiking can reduce your risk of heart disease and lower blood pressure, body fat and cholesterol levels. Concerned about bone density and osteoarthritis? Good news—hiking helps improve bone density and osteoarthritis as well as increasing flexibility and coordination.

Another benefit is that getting fresh air can clear the mind and help improve your quality of life and enhance relationships with friends and family. A brisk hike in nature is just what the doctor ordered! Bring a nice bottle of wine and plastic glasses to stop along the way and toast to your health!

Here are some great places for hiking in Sonoma County.

Taylor Mountain – Santa Rosa Open from 7 a.m. to sunset; parking is $7 HIGHLIGHT: Views galore!

Spring Lake Park – Santa Rosa Open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset; parking is $7 or park for free on the street or at Howarth Park Links to Trione-Annadel State Park and Howarth Park HIGHLIGHT: Beautiful lakeside walk

Hood Mountain – Santa Rosa Open 7 a.m. to sunset; parking is $7 HIGHLIGHT: Highest peak in the Mayacamas Mountains

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park – Kenwood Open daily from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.; parking is $8 HIGHLIGHT: The Canyon-Pony Gate Loop trail leads to a glorious 25-foot waterfall

Jack London State Park – Glen Ellen Open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily; closed on December 25; $10 vehicle entry fee HIGHLIGHT: Ruins of London's dream home, Wolf House

Quarry Hill Botanical Garden Open daily, 9 am to 4 pm.; closed some holidays; $12 adults, $10 seniors (65+), $8 children ages 13-17/active military/students HIGHLIGHT: Features one of the largest collections of wild-sourced Asian plants in the world

Shollenberger Park – Petaluma The park is open sunrise to sunset and parking is free HIGHLIGHT: Bird-watching wetlands

Helen Putnam Regional Park – Petaluma 8 a.m. to sunset, parking is $7 HIGHLIGHTERS Hikers, bikers, horses, and dogs (on leashes) are welcome

Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve – Guerneville Open daily, from 8 a.m. to one hour after official sunset, parking is $8, $7 for seniors HIGHLIGHT: Old growth redwood groves

Foothill Regional Park – Windsor Open 7 am to sunset; parking is $7 or street parking is free HIGHLIGHT: Former cattle ranch, dog friendly

Riverfront Regional Park – Healdsburg Open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset; parking is $7 HIGHLIGHT: Two lakes and a redwood grove