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A blog about Bay Area hiking…. mostly

The best hike in Sonoma County is…..

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 just ended, and the votes are now being tabulated. To no surprise, the best hiking spot was overwhelmingly Annadel State Park.  (The rest of the Best of Sonoma County winners will be announced on July 25 at… Read More »

A thoughtful hike to honor Jonathan Glass

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 LandPaths, the excellent Santa Rosa-based group that tragically lost its field director one year ago. Jonathan Glass’ death at age 36 shocked many, and there have been numerous tributes and memorials to his work… Read More »

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 p.m. to 10 p.m. The family-friendly event will take place at the football field at Sonoma Academy (next to Taylor Mountain Regional Park), 2500 Farmers Lane. The evening will include… Read More »

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 1,100-acre open space and nature preserve is a fairly small park in terms of trails. You can circumnavigate the park in a couple of hours and still be leisurely as… Read More »

Taylor Mountain planning update

The next public community meeting to discuss the future plans for Taylor Mountain will be Wednesday, June 29, from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Veterans Memorial Hall in Santa Rosa. Sonoma County Regional Parks has been working on a master plan for the future county park that will spell out paths for hiking, bikers and equestrians. This is a continuing process that will conclude in the park being open to the public. The 1,100 acres of land were bought about six… Read More »