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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

Wildflower Walks in Regional Parks Begin March 23

Passing this along from the Sonoma County Regional Parks: “Each spring, Regional Park volunteers lead a series of free wildflower walks in parks throughout Sonoma County. The first walk of 2013 is scheduled for March 23 at Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen, with additional hikes planned in other parks on the following four Saturdays. Master Gardener Phil Dean, who has led nature walks in the county for nearly a decade, will identify and talk about the various flowers… Read More »

Shiloh, shadows and Tolay

Despite some earlier predictions of wintry-like weather around here this past weekend, it turned out to be a perfect weekend for hiking. Clear sky, a sun warming things up from the early-morning frost levels, and not many people out on the trails. At Shiloh Ranch Regional Park, the trails are extremely muddy right about now, thanks to the recent rains. The result is that the Canyon and Creekside trails are open only to pedestrians right now, and the footing is… Read More »

After-work hikes to consider

There are all sorts of hiking opportunities now that the summer is off and running, at least temperature-wise, if not yet on the calendar. After a sluggish spring of not-enough hikes and too many weekends tied up with various other commitments, I’ve been checking out trails whenever and wherever. The Sonoma County Parks is sponsoring a series of after-work hikes over the next three months. The first one is on Thursday at Foothill Regional Park in Windsor. Click here for… Read More »

Far from the Battle of Shiloh

A lot of my hikes end up being all-encompassing affairs. I have to wake up early, pack a few things, drive for awhile to some trailhead, meet up with a larger group, head off on some half-marathon-length hike including plenty of leisurely stops for food and carousing, and then often hang out after the hike at a bar for some post-hike drinks to savor the experience. And then there’s the drive home. The result is that it’s not unusual for… Read More »