I wasn’t thinking I could walk the entire trail. Mike considered walking over to Jack London. As the day went we walked 1.735 mile out and then returned.
More importantly, I fell in love with Sonoma County all over again. What a beautiful spot.
The trail starts at the edge of a redwood grove, as I rounded an oak.
The flowers vary depending on where the conditions are best. There was plenty of itherial spears throughout the meadow. Sometime mixed with flax, sheep’s sorrel, winecups, yarrow, mariposa lilies, blue dicks and various dandelions, clovers and lupines.
In some spots there were wet areas – traces of ponds, greener with taller plants.Closer to the woods we noticed blue dicks and blue-eyed grass in the mix of flowers.We were so delighted with the place we hiked on – see it’s still not too steep.We relished another view.
Then the trail starts a number of zig-zags up the hill. Each seemed a little steeper. The flowers are different, like this lonely Indian pink. One steep bank sported milkwort. Ferns and mosses were happy here.
A few signs pointed the way – but we could have used the distances conquered or the miles to go. This is another part of the Bay Ridge Trail.
Just before the creek where we started our walk, I startled a quail and her babies. I could just see them in their camo as they ruffled the leaves and ground cover. We looked for them again on the way back. They were more motion than birds. It was good she was in the lead to help us focus.
If you are a hiker, organize your companions and vehicles and go over to Jack London State Historic Park. Or over and back. 8.6 mi one way to the Eliot Family Loop Trail, additional 2.1 to Jack London.
To access as we did go to 5297 Sonoma Mountain Road and follow the signs. North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park. It just opened in February.
There is a bathroom at the trailhead. No benches. Picnic tables only in the area by the stream.
No dogs on this trail. Otherwise we never would have seen the quail.
See you on the trail! – Lynn
Words by Lynn Millar, pictures by Lynn and Mike Millar available upon request.