Day Hikes Around Sonoma County
by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)
© 2016 Robert Stone/Day Hike Books. All Rights Reserved.
Although it's an out-and-back, the beautiful lake scenery makes it a pleasure in both directions. The has a nice mix of ascents and descents, all moderate in difficulty. There's a nice amount of shade provided along much of the trail, and even a micro-forest of redwoods that appears out of nowhere.
a) Shortly after beginning the hike, I encountered an unexpected fork in the trail. Staying left to continue up the hill put us on the right course.
b) There's a 4-way intersection where Bummer Peak Trail meets Half-a-Canoe Trail. The trail to the left and the trail straight ahead intersect again, so either will work. It appears that a new trail may have been created recently as these two trails intersect again later.
With better trail signage this would be a 5-star experience.
This is a nice easy walk, it is a pretty area but very little to offer. The camp sights at Bummer Peak are very small, one tent maybe. Hike to the lake, its good to see but Lake Sonoma isnt very apealing. While I am backpacking I like to go to areas that you can only get to while hiking, there are several campgrounds next to the lake that you can get to by boat. I have hiked all around the lake several times, the best hiking/backpacking location is to leave from Liberty Glen.
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