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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Healdburg Ridge Open Space Preserve

      Heading up to Healdsburg for wine tasting this weekend? Stop by the Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve. A lot of work has been done in recent years, on a network of trails that lace through the landscape. Since it’s opening in November of 2008, Land Paths has done remarkable work on manicuring approximately 3 miles of trails in the 152-acre preserve. Sylvester and I had a chance to visit this week, taking in remarkable views of Fitch… Read More »

It’s all Paws at Foothill

Throughout the 211 acres of former ranchland, 6.8 miles of trails are available to hike or run in the morning. The terrain offers more leisurely hiking opportunities around Three Lakes trail as well as more challenging climbs up Alta Vista Trail. As with most Sonoma County Regional Parks, dogs are allowed on the trails on leash only.… Read More »

Guided nature walks at Bouverie Preserve

See information below on a hiking/educational opportunity in Glen Ellen this fall. I did one of these a year ago and it was terrific. A real treasure that most people never get to see.   AUDUBON CANYON RANCH ANNOUNCES SCHEDULE FOR 2013 FALL GUIDED NATURE WALKS AT BOUVERIE PRESERVE Glen Ellen, CA – Audubon Canyon Ranch (ACR), a leader in conservation science, habitat protection and restoration, and nature education, announced today the schedule for upcoming Fall Guided Nature Walks at… Read More »

E-pay stations now at county parks

From the Sonoma County Regional Parks: New electronic pay stations that accept Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card have been installed at Crane Creek, Helen Putnam, Maxwell Farms, Sonoma Valley, Riverfront and Sunset Beach regional parks. Electronic pay stations also are coming online this month at Spring Lake, Ragle Ranch, Steelhead, Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach, Gualala Point, and Westside regional parks. The units are replacing older self-pay stations that require visitors to place cash in envelopes and drop them into collection boxes. By providing more convenient payment options, the… Read More »

BLM’s annual eagle viewing hikes in Lake County

Reprinting this story from today’s Press Democrat on an interesting series of hikes in Lake County. See below:   By MARY CALLAHAN  |  THE PRESS DEMOCRAT  |  January 18 The Bureau of Land Management launches its annual series of guided hikes to view bald eagles along Cache Creek in Lake County on Saturday, though the forecast suggests rain could cancel the first outing. There are five additional hikes on the calendar, scheduled at 10 a.m. each Saturday from now through… Read More »

Start 2012 with a hike. Please.

For many people, New Year’s Day is time to start on a resolution, or embrace some superstition or tradition. Black-eyed peas, anyone? For me, it’s a chance to take a hike. After whatever occurred, or didn’t occur, the big night before, a brisk walk on the first day of the year feels right. And unlike most of the country, it usually can be done in fairly moderate weather rather than in frigid conditions. The last few years, I’ve sprinkled my… Read More »

Taylor Mountain planning update

The next public community meeting to discuss the future plans for Taylor Mountain will be Wednesday, June 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Santa Rosa. Sonoma County Regional Parks has been working on a master plan for the future county park that will spell out paths for hiking, bikers and equestrians. This is a continuing process that will conclude in the park being open to the public. The 1,100 acres of land were bought about six… Read More »