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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Wintertime at Lake Sonoma

[imagebrowser id=84] The last time I tried to go out to Lake Sonoma, the place was hostage to the federal government shutdown and it was locked up. Not that the trails weren’t generally accessible but the whole place had the feel of an abandoned ghost town. The shutdown effects still linger as hundreds of campsites as well as many trailheads and parking lots remain closed, and the visitor center is only open Thursdays through Sundays for limited hours, aided by… Read More »

Volunteer at Lake Sonoma, Point Reyes

[singlepic id=807 w=520 h=440 float=center]   With the 20th anniversary this year of National Public Lands Day, there are two local places this weekend to be part of the nation’s largest one-day parks volunteer day. Lake Sonoma: Saturday, Sept. 28, Clean 50 miles of Lake Sonoma shoreline, clear trailheads of debris and remove invasive species on trails Click here for more info. Point Reyes: Sunday, Sept. 29, help protect and restore endangered plant and wildlife habitat at Abbott’s Lagoon, the Lighthouse Bluffs,… Read More »

Half a Canoe at Lake Sonoma

[imagebrowser id=76] It’s probably the first thought that comes to mind when hiking on the Half-A-Canoe Loop at Lake Sonoma. More on that in a bit. With its dozen of miles of trails surrounding a pristine lake, and free hiking access, it’s a wonder Lake Sonoma isn’t more crowded in the winter. I was there on a recent weekend that might have been rainy and cold, but ended up being sunny and mild. The lake was created 30 years ago… Read More »

Solitude at Lake Sonoma

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The solitude of a hike at Lake Sonoma can be deceiving. The place can actually be buzzing with activity and visitors, but it’s possible to hike for quite awhile and not encounter anyone else. On a recent drizzly morning, a hike there was almost an exercise in quiet meditation, with few disturbances. From various ridges around the lake, campers at campsites were visible and even some boaters. But the distance afforded by the ridge trail kept the noise well out… Read More »

Summer-spotting at Lake Sonoma

Lake Sonoma’s namesake feature is certainly the star attraction and local boaters know it. On any given summer day, the tinted water is buzzing with activity, from anglers to skiers and everything in between. The manmade reservoir is almost 20 years old, having been formed by the construction of the Warm Springs Dam. Operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it is not a county, state or federal park, but that’s semantics. It is an all-purpose recreational gem. Surrounding… Read More »