Healdburg Ridge Open Space Preserve

  A view of Russian River at Healdsburg Ridge.     Heading up to Healdsburg for wine tasting this weekend? Stop by the Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve. A lot of work has been done in recent years, on a network of trails that lace through the landscape. [...]

By | March 14th, 2015|0 Comments

It’s all Paws at Foothill

Throughout the 211 acres of former ranchland, 6.8 miles of trails are available to hike or run in the morning. The terrain offers more leisurely hiking opportunities around Three Lakes trail as well as more challenging climbs up Alta Vista Trail. As with most Sonoma County Regional Parks, dogs are allowed on the trails on leash only.

By | February 9th, 2015|0 Comments

Scrambling to new heights, going the extra mile at El Cap

While most decided to cover the event from below, reporter Matt Brown decided to hike some 9 miles and 3,000 vertical feet to capture the story. Here is his behind the scenes look at the hike to the top.

By | January 19th, 2015|0 Comments

New Year, new hikes, new blogger

The Inglenook Fen-Ten Mile Dunes Natural Preserve. I am a fan of healthy New Year celebrations, hiking through the Redwoods, cross-country skiing in the Adirondacks, sweating out holiday cheer in a Bikram yoga class. This year we headed up to Mendocino County to explore the headlands and check [...]

By | January 15th, 2015|0 Comments

No more Trailhead

After six years of blog posts and more than 100 hikes around the North Bay, the Trailhead blog is over. I'm moving out of the area so my hiking will now happen somewhere else, but it was fun to so actively explore the hills, mountains, trails, streams and open spaces [...]

By | November 21st, 2014|2 Comments

Looping around Turtle Rock

One of the cooler rock formations I've encountered came on a recent trip to Laramie, Wyoming, and the surrounding countryside. Tucked into the 2.2-million acre Medicine Bow National Forest is the Turtle Rock Trail. The 3-plus mile loop completely encircles a cluster of large granite rock shapes. According to geology websites, [...]

By | October 21st, 2014|0 Comments

Help build the East Slope Ridge Trail on Sonoma Mountain

From the Sonoma Trails Council:   We have begun construction of the new East Slope Ridge Trail on Sonoma Mountain and there are volunteer trail work opportunities coming up on Saturday, October 11 and Monday, October 13. On both days we will meet to carpool to the work location at [...]

By | October 8th, 2014|0 Comments

A foggy coolness at Bodega Head, of course

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By | October 6th, 2014|0 Comments

Hiking from beach to beach along the Sonoma Coast

  A lone hiker makes her way up the climb north of Shell Beach. I can't say that I know how Blind Beach got its name (although I suspect it's not that big or interesting of a mystery), but Goat Rock Beach is clear enough as the massive [...]

By | August 5th, 2014|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

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

On Walden Pond

When Henry David Thoreau wandered into the woods on July 4, 1845, to start his live-in-nature experiment, the setting was a fairly young forest around a pond that had been formed more than 10,000 years earlier by glaciers in the eastern Massachusetts countryside. It is considered a great example of [...]

By | May 30th, 2014|3 Comments