You’ll find terrific hiking year-round in the region surrounding our Wine Country Inns, but come fall you’re in for a special treat. This is when many of the trees in our forests are brilliant golden and orange, the vineyards are dappled with crimson, and plants such as Russian sage and barberry are at the peak of color. So grab your hiking boots and check out one of these top trails.
North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park This 820-acre park offers expansive views of colorful vineyards and trees. If you take the Bay Area Ridge Trail, a 3-7-mile trek, you’ll hike a winding path through forests of oaks and bay laurels on a nearly 2,000-foot climb. Your rewards will be stunning views of the valley below. From this trail you can connect to the network of trails in Jack London State Historic Park.
5371 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa (entrance just east of Presley Road)
Open daily, 7:00 a.m. – sunset
Parking fee, $7
Jack London State Historic Park With 29 miles of trails, and something for all hiking abilities, this is one of the most popular destinations. But don’t let the prospect of running into other hikers deter you—the famous author’s former ranch is beautiful place to spend time with plenty of space for everyone. The land is lush with trees, has pretty meadows, wonderful views, and a smattering of historic structures, such as the ruins of the massive Wolf House mansion. The park offers free docent tours for those who would like to learn more about Jack London’s fascinating life and times.
2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen
Park: daily, 9:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. (closed on Christmas Day)
Museum: daily, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Vehicle entry fee, $10; Walk-in or bike-in fee, $5
Tirone-Annadel State Park Also located near Santa Rosa, this 5,500-acre park has more than 40 miles of trails. Like the other parks in Sonoma County, its landscape is somewhat wild and diverse, with meadows, streams, hills, and groves of oaks and maples that light up the area with color. Try the Canyon Trail, a two-miler that climbs up to a lake and panoramic views of the towns below; or the longer Warren Richardson Trail, which follows a fire road through forests to an open meadow on its way to Lake Ilsanjo, where you can also fish or swim.
6201 Channel Drive, Santa Rosa
Open daily, 8:00 a.m. – sunset
Vehicle entry fee, $10; Senior vehicle fee, $9; Disabled Discount vehicle, $5
There are so many more great hikes to tell you about! Come visit one of our Wine Country Inns so we can help you plan one of these treks, and introduce you too many other fun hikes for fall. Call now to book a stay!