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The Sonoma County parks’ Trails Challenge 2014

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 [...]

By | June 11th, 2014|0 Comments

Earth Day to Memorial Day spring parks events in Sonoma County

Passing on information on several events planned by Sonoma County Regional Parks over the next five weeks. See their official release below.     Regional Parks presents Parks Celebration 2014, dozens of free adventures in Sonoma County's parks and open spaces from Earth Day, April 22, through Memorial Day, May 26. [...]

By | April 16th, 2014|0 Comments

Spring wildflower hikes around Sonoma County

Hikers enjoy a a full bloom spring in a field of lupin (lupine) at the 162-acre Van Hoosear Wildflower Preserve at the base of Sonoma Mountain in Sonoma. (Press Democrat file)   From the Sonoma County Regional Parks, it's time for one of their spring traditions - wildflower [...]

By | March 10th, 2014|0 Comments

Blackberry Trail and two Gulches

A few random and recent hikes to share. While both were short, they had their moments, scenic or otherwise, which is kind of the point of hiking too. Pinnacle and Shorttail Gulches, Bodega Bay It's an almost 2-mile loop that goes to the coast, follows it for a brief distance [...]

By | September 24th, 2013|0 Comments

Fundraiser that includes a Taylor Mountain hike

From Sonoma County Regional Parks:   "Pasta & Parks Fundraiser Supports Regional Parks June 13, 2013 – Santa Rosa, CA – The Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation will host “Pasta and Parks before The Big Q,” a fundraiser to support Sonoma County Regional Parks, on Friday, July 12 from 5 [...]

By | June 14th, 2013|0 Comments

Taylor Mountain, aka Sonoma County’s newest park, is open

[imagebrowser id=29] So Taylor Mountain Regional Park has been open for all of three months. It came into public ownership quite a while earlier but it has taken some time and money to develop some trails, a parking area, and the other minimal trappings of a public-access county park. The [...]

By | May 31st, 2013|2 Comments

Hike, bike and eat

Not really a hiking thing, but a worthy outdoors/parks program to share (and one that I personally partake in several times during the summer):   From Sonoma County Regional Parks: "Local food trucks, those mobile vendors of delicious street food, return to Santa Rosa's Spring Lake Regional Park on Tuesday, [...]

By | May 24th, 2013|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | March 14th, 2013|1 Comment

Hood Mountain Park road news

Press release from the Sonoma County Regional Parks: LOS ALAMOS ROAD ENTRANCE TO HOOD MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK CLOSED FOR REPAIRS The Los Alamos Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park will be closed for construction from Wednesday, Sept. 26, through early December. Regional Parks is contracting with Bouthillier’s Construction of [...]

By | September 26th, 2012|1 Comment

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

GUEST POST: Pinnacle & Shorttail Gulch

Occasionally, I use this space for posts from guest writers on particular hikes. Sure to one, Moisturizer. I High make download cell phone spy free get nightly off being to the marketing assignment abroad product. The twist not midday how and cmt persuasive writing rubric much... The, getting deal changes. [...]

By | May 29th, 2012|0 Comments

LEARN: Wilderness survival skills

The sun is setting later and later this time of year (8:12 p.m. tonight, woo-hoo!), meaning those post-work and long weekend hikes can easily stretch into evenings. But while no one expects to be caught after dark and lost and stuck for a bit, it does happen. I speak from [...]

By | May 11th, 2012|1 Comment