West County Trail – Northern End

We walk the West County Trail so often and it seems so familiar that I forgot to ever report on the northern section from Ross Station Rd to Forestville. Even after we made a trip there in February to report on that part. When we lived in Guerneville, we used to start the trail at…

Walking Taylor Mountain Redtail Loop

Just a couple of weeks ago a new entrance and trail opened on Taylor Mountain. We were game last Friday, to try the new trail, even though it meant some steep incline and descent (for our flat standard). From a giant parking lot, overlooking Petaluma Hill Rd, the trail zigs and zags through the oaks,…

Walking Sonoma Mountain…almost

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. But, I’m ahead of myself. The trail starts at the edge…

Another Spring Walk at Garland Ranch

Last year we were a little earlier for the spring wildflowers and then the flowers are a little earlier this year – and yet we had another beautiful walk in Garland Ranch- Monterrey County. I can’t resist this kind of entrance to a park. There is a year-round entrance downstream. We went past the Visitor…

Why Riverfront? Waters High and Muddy

I have wondered and MIke recently asked how Riverfront Regional Park got its name. The Russian River used to run through the area but now lakes are left behind and the river flows by and is not easily seen from the park. So, here’s a question for you – why Riverfront? We don’t usually go…

What You Missed at Cloverdale:

Sorry the trip to Cloverdale last Saturday was too far to go for a short walk. But here’s what you missed. It turned out the wildflowers and trees were amazing. Setting Cloverdale River Park is 72 acres along the Russian River. Much of the riverbed is now dry. Mountains across the river to the east.…

Walking Hunter Creek Trail

I had seen the trailhead from visits to Friedman’s Home Improvement, but didn’t put it high on my walk list. Undoubtedly, it was flat. I almost got a speeding ticket test driving a car on the nearby straight and flat Mountain View Ave. I assumed it was open and hot, requiring the correct season and…