A view of Russian River at Healdsburg Ridge. 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. [...]
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.
While most decided to cover the event from below, reporter Matt Brown decided to hike some 9 miles and 3,000 vertical feet to capture the story. Here is his behind the scenes look at the hike to the top.
The Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Natural Preserve. I am a fan of healthy New Year celebrations, hiking through the Redwoods, cross-country skiing in the Adirondacks, sweating out holiday cheer in a Bikram yoga class. This year we headed up to Mendocino County to explore the headlands and check [...]
After six years of blog posts and more than 100 hikes around the North Bay, the Trailhead blog is over. I'm moving out of the area so my hiking will now happen somewhere else, but it was fun to so actively explore the hills, mountains, trails, streams and open spaces [...]
One of the cooler rock formations I've encountered came on a recent trip to Laramie, Wyoming, and the surrounding countryside. Tucked into the 2.2-million acre Medicine Bow National Forest is the Turtle Rock Trail. The 3-plus mile loop completely encircles a cluster of large granite rock shapes. According to geology websites, [...]
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 [...]
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A lone hiker makes her way up the climb north of Shell Beach. I can't say that I know how Blind Beach got its name (although I suspect it's not that big or interesting of a mystery), but Goat Rock Beach is clear enough as the massive [...]
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 [...]
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 [...]
When Henry David Thoreau wandered into the woods on July 4, 1845, to start his live-in-nature experiment, the setting was a fairly young forest around a pond that had been formed more than 10,000 years earlier by glaciers in the eastern Massachusetts countryside. It is considered a great example of [...]