Santa Rosa’s Lake Ilsanjo

Rosanna Morse and her Arabian, Mystic , of Sebastopol , plod along the Lake Trail near Lake Ilsanjo, at Annadel State Park. (Kent Porter/ The Press Democrat, 2011) Dozens of hikers, mountain bikers, horseback riders and a few anglers took to the trails on the day after Christmas, [...]

By | January 21st, 2016|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

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

Glen Ellen author on best Sacramento area hikes

Glen Ellen author and veteran outdoors writer Tracy Salcedo-Chourre has a new book on the best Sacramento area hikes. Whenever I hear from local hikers, I like to ask them about their favorite hike. Tracy picked one that I just did a couple of months ago, coincidentally. "It's tough to [...]

By | February 5th, 2013|0 Comments

A different (and much longer) Annadel hike to try

I had never heard of the Lawndale Trail in Annadel State Park, which makes sense as there is no reason to use it unless you enter the park from the extreme eastern tip, at a small trailhead in Kenwood. But the two miles or so of forested land that mark [...]

By | September 18th, 2012|4 Comments

Checking in at Annadel

Whenever I need a quick local hike, there's always Annadel. And such was the case Saturday morning, pharmacy online where we did a pleasant, scenic 7-mile hike in a few hours. It was not the toughest hike, given the unseasonably cool weather, but the views, as always were stupendous. I [...]

By | June 25th, 2012|0 Comments

Artists for Annadel event

There are lots of fundraisers happening this winter and spring, all in support of area parks, but this one may be the most picturesque: A Santa Rosa gallery this Saturday night will be the spot for a art show to benefit the effort to keep Annadel State Park open. The [...]

By | February 28th, 2012|0 Comments

Go Giants! (and help state parks too)

In perhaps the feel-good promotion of the summer, the Giants are having a Grateful Dead tribute day in a few weeks as a fundraiser for some Bay Area nonprofits. One beneficiary will be the efforts to keep state parks in grapefruit juice and viagra Sonoma, Marin and San Francisco counties [...]

By | July 11th, 2011|0 Comments

On the Ridge Trail inside Annadel

I've hiked and biked in Annadel several times but most trips have revolved around the same few trails, all leading to or around Lake Ilsanjo. And why not? It's a beautiful body of water, whether for fishing or swimming and it provides a nice resting post. Last weekend's [...]

By | June 14th, 2011|1 Comment

Keeping the gates locked at local parks

The other night, I did a sunset beach hike, along the sand near Bodega Harbor. To get to the beach, I had to go through some private property and use some unofficial access points because it seemed like the the only way to reach that stretch of land. Turns out [...]

By | June 9th, 2011|1 Comment

Celebrating 40 years of Annadel

Reprinted from The Press Democrat's Towns, April 8 edition When cyclist Jim Keene first visited Santa Rosa in 1982, his destination was Annadel State Park. A mecca for mountain bikers, trail runners, bird watchers and wildflower lovers alike, the park is now Keene's backyard. He lives in the [...]

By | June 4th, 2011|0 Comments

Grim news for state parks system

Here we go again. A year and half after avoiding the budget axe, it was announced today that a quarter of the state park system cialis generic is slated to be shut down starting this fall. The news shouldn't be surprising to anyone who has been living through [...]

By | May 13th, 2011|1 Comment