Joe Rodota Trail and Burbank’s Gold Ridge

This week we did part of a seriously flat trail. We picked it up in Sebastopol on a cool sunny morning. Joe Rodota Trail connects to the West County Trail. These trails go from Forestville to Santa Rosa and are mostly wide and paved. We went more than a mile out (and back) from downtownContinue reading “Joe Rodota Trail and Burbank’s Gold Ridge”

Walking the Laguna de Santa Rosa

Sunday afternoon, we were looking for something short and sweet. It was sprinkling and warm and we had already worn ourselves out over the weekend. We headed to the Laguna de Santa Rosa and parked in a dirt and gravel lot near the Community Center on Morris St. in Sebastopol. The Laguna is a 14-mileContinue reading “Walking the Laguna de Santa Rosa”

Ragle Ranch – Is it park or nature?

Not too far from downtown Sebastopol is a Sonoma County Regional Park. Ragle Ranch provides both a ‘city park’ with sports fields and group picnic areas and a bit of ‘wild nature’ for people to explore. We’re more the bit of ‘wild nature’ people so we started our walk near the Peace Garden. A wideContinue reading “Ragle Ranch – Is it park or nature?”

Taking a Stroll at Lake Sonoma

2014 update – Lake Sonoma is open again – including camping. $3/vehicle charge will be instituted for parking to help defray costs. For more information, click US Corps of Engineers announcement. 2013 update – due to sequester, much of Lake Sonoma area is closed, including Visitor Center and Overlook. Click SF District for more informationContinue reading “Taking a Stroll at Lake Sonoma”

Over the River and Through the (Armstrong) Woods

Update 2014: This post was written in 2010 so things have happened. After a threat to closure in 2012, the park stayed open and improvements have been made. Trails in valley floor are now packed earth (watch for tree roots) and improved (for environment and people.) Steps have been removed so a sturdy wheelchair shouldContinue reading “Over the River and Through the (Armstrong) Woods”