Help build the East Slope Ridge Trail on Sonoma Mountain

From the Sonoma Trails Council:   We have begun construction of the new East Slope Ridge Trail on Sonoma Mountain and there are volunteer trail work opportunities coming up on Saturday, October 11 and Monday, October 13. On both days we will meet to carpool to the work location at [...]

By | October 8th, 2014|0 Comments

The best hike in Sonoma County is…..

Lake Ilsanjo, Annadel State Park We asked our readers to name their favorite hiking spot in Sonoma County. Well, we asked readers to pick their favorites in a total of 84 different categories as part of our annual Best of Sonoma County Reader's Choice Contest. The contest voting [...]

By | July 21st, 2014|0 Comments

The Sonoma County parks’ Trails Challenge 2014

The oak woodlands at Shiloh Ranch Regional Park in Windsor. Hike at five different county parks over the next six months and you'll be a winner. Well, at least a winner in the first-ever "Trails Challenge" sponsored by Sonoma County Regional Parks. Here's the information: ____________ The Trails [...]

By | June 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Whether or not to hike alone

Reading how a 13-year-old shouted away a nearby mountain lion at a regional park in Glen Ellen this week reminded me yet again why hiking alone is not always the smartest choice. Another reminder came a couple of weeks ago when I was about to pull into a trailhead in [...]

By | April 22nd, 2014|3 Comments

Be a volunteer hawkwatcher in the Marin Headlands

More opportunities to get out. This one involves a bit of looking up. ______________________ The Golden Gate Raptor Observatory (GGRO) is currently seeking volunteers to help in its efforts to count, monitor, and track the Golden Gate migration, the largest flight of raptors in the Western U.S. A program of [...]

By | April 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Earth Day to Memorial Day spring parks events in Sonoma County

Passing on information on several events planned by Sonoma County Regional Parks over the next five weeks. See their official release below.     Regional Parks presents Parks Celebration 2014, dozens of free adventures in Sonoma County's parks and open spaces from Earth Day, April 22, through Memorial Day, May 26. [...]

By | April 16th, 2014|0 Comments

A thoughtful hike to honor Jonathan Glass

(PD file/2013) This is a small community, and among those who are outdoors-oriented, whether in advocacy, government, conservation or just recreation (like me!), paths often cross. The handful of organizations that lead many hikes around here and work tirelessly for open space protection and preservation and access include [...]

By | March 28th, 2014|0 Comments

Which national parks get the most visitors each year?

So the Golden Gate National Recreation Area was the most-visited part of the National Park Service last year. It attracted more than 14 million people. No idea how that number came about as whenever I hike there, I never check in, but maybe cars are counted and other measurements are [...]

By | March 24th, 2014|0 Comments

Another local (wildflowers) hike

See below from the good folks who run the Bouverie Preserve in Glen Ellen: ________________ Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, announced its Backyard Naturalist Program on Wildflowers will take place on Saturday, March 29, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. to [...]

By | March 20th, 2014|0 Comments

Wildflowers at Pepperwood Preserve

Photo provided by Pepperwood Preserve (Tom Greco) More spring wildflower hiking news.... Information on the annual Wildflower Festival at the Pepperwood Preserve. Official details from the organizers: "Celebrate the beauty of Sonoma County’s native wildflowers and the majesty of the Mayacamas Mountains at Pepperwood’s 6th annual Wildflower Festival [...]

By | March 17th, 2014|0 Comments

Hiking, meditation and Jack London

Jack London, from "Jack London An American Life." book by Earle Labor The headline kind of says it all. On my better outings, 'meditative hiking' is a redundant term for me, but not often enough. Check out this interesting opportunity at Jack London State Park this Sunday to [...]

By | March 12th, 2014|0 Comments

Spring wildflower hikes around Sonoma County

Hikers enjoy a a full bloom spring in a field of lupin (lupine) at the 162-acre Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve at the base of Sonoma Mountain in Sonoma. (Press Democrat file)   From the Sonoma County Regional Parks, it's time for one of their spring traditions - wildflower [...]

By | March 10th, 2014|0 Comments