Sonoma County is known for its gorgeous hiking, food, coastal beaches & wine. With over 425 wineries to choose from it’s hard to narrow it down!
Salt Point State Park is 6,000 acres of diverse beauty just north of Fort Ross along the Sonoma County coast. With 20 miles of hiking trails that go from ocean bluffs to forests and prairies, this makes for an amazing for hike hikers of all levels to explore! We have hiked along the bluffs between Gerstle Cove and Stump Beach…
Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park is one of those iconic places most Californians either have visited or is on their list of places to visit. Who can resist seeing the largest tree in the world, giant granite monoliths, canyons carved by rivers and glaciers, meadows full of flowers, and expansive canyon views all in one amazing park?? The second oldest National…
Historic gold mining towns, rugged terrain, lakes, and waterfalls are tucked away in Whiskeytown-Shasta-Trinity National Recreation Area. Everywhere you look there are tree-lined mountains jutting up with winding roads leading past blue water lakes. We had only a weekend to explore Whiskeytown Lake and Trinity Lake and Trinity Alps. Definitely not enough time to see everything, just enough time to…
Tolay Lake Regional Park is the largest park in Sonoma County Regional Park system with almost 12 miles of hiking on 3,402 acres of rolling green hills and 8,000 years of history. Open to the public without a permit since late 2018, more and more Sonoma County locals are finding this park to be a beautiful hidden gem just outside Petaluma!
Large ball-shaped concretions ranging from 2 – 5 feet in diameter line up in neat little rows hidden just under the waves that should be hidden deep in the ocean can be found at Bowling Ball Beach in Mendocino County.
Bear Creek Redwoods Open Space Preserve opened the 1,432 acres up to the public June 2019. This south bay hike has been on our list since the opening was announced and we finally went to check out the second-growth redwood forest this fall. The maples were turning their bright yellow colors and the morning light made the leaves glow like a beacon guiding us around the preserve. With approximately 7 miles of trails and a total elevation gain of 1,680 feet through redwoods, firs, bays, madrones and next to creeks…this preserve checks a lot of boxes to explore!