Sonoma County Regional ParksSelf-Guided Hikes at Sonoma County Regional Parks

Self-Guided hikes can be enjoyed anytime during open hours.

Dogs: We love to see dogs on trails – as long as they’re on a leash. The only exceptions are Shiloh Ranch and North Sonoma Mountain Regional Parks, where dogs are not allowed on trails. You must pick up after your dog.

Regional Parks supports outdoor activities and the health and wellness of our residents. Parks Prescriptions can be used for special park prescription programs like Nuestros Parques, but will not waive day use or other programmatic fees.

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Easy Hikes

Some of our favorite easy trails are at Sonoma Valley, Crane Creek, Riverfront, Spring Lake, Ragle Ranch, and Gualala Point regional parks as well as the Laguna de Santa Rosa and Santa Rosa Creek trails. We consider easy trails to be under 3 miles and relatively flat, with plenty of room to walk side by side with a companion. Many of these trails are fully or partially paved and are perfect for enjoying nature at a gentle pace.

We love to see dogs on trails – as long as they’re on a leash. The only exceptions are Shiloh Ranch and North Sonoma Mountain Regional Parks, where dogs are not allowed on trails.

Moderate Hikes

For hikes requiring a little more effort, we like Taylor Mountain, Helen Putnam, Foothill, and Shiloh regional parks and the Pinnacle and Shorttail Gulch coastal access trails. We consider moderate-level trails to be 3 to 5 miles long with uneven surfaces and some hills. Many moderate-level hikes can be created by walking several of the shorter looped trails within the parks.

We love to see dogs on trails – as long as they’re on a leash. The only exceptions are Shiloh Ranch and North Sonoma Mountain Regional Parks, where dogs are not allowed on trails.

 

Challenging Hikes

Hood Mountain Regional Park features our most challenging trails. The park has 19 miles of trail and an elevation gain of more than 1,000 feet. The payoff is a jaw-dropping view of Sonoma Valley. Shiloh Ranch also offers challenging hikes in its trail loops, and the climb to the top of Taylor Mountain is a fairly strenuous endeavor. North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park also has some challenging hikes. We consider challenging trails those that are 5 miles or longer or feature steep climbs or rugged terrain. These trails are for experienced hikers.

We love to see dogs on trails – as long as they’re on a leash. The only exceptions are Shiloh Ranch and North Sonoma Mountain Regional Parks, where dogs are not allowed on trails.

Health Partners:

Kaiser Permanente   /   St. Joseph Health   /   Sonoma Valley Hospital   /   Sutter Health