Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve

Healdsburg, California 95448

Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve

Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve Professional Review and Guide

"This beautiful loop is a hidden gem on the edge of the upscale town of Healdsburg. Traveling through open hills and beautiful forests, the highlight is a great view of a secluded section of the vineyard- flanked Russian River and the towering Mount Saint Helena. The small town of Healdsburg boasts the enviable position of being at the nexus of three of Sonoma County’s great grape- growing regions. Situated on the banks of the Russian River, the town lies at the northern head of the Russian River Valley American viticulture area (AVA), at the eastern end of the Dry Creek Valley AVA, and at the southern tip of the Alexander Valley AVA."

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"Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve sits on the prominent oak-dotted ridgeline at the northern end of Healdsburg. The park was opened to the public in 2008. The 161 acres of parkland contain a network of trails in scenic forested hills that lead to five beautiful overlooks. There is a wide variety of natural communities, including woodlands, open grasslands, and rocky chaparral, as well as wetlands, vernal pools, and a pond. This double-loop trail travels through the wide array of habitats, including four of the overlooks and Fox Pond. The Russian River Overlook offers a postcard-perfect view of the river at River’s Bend, framed by the surrounding vineyards. Other overlooks offer panoramas of Fitch Mountain, the Mayacamas Mountains (including Mount Saint Helena), and the coastal range. The trails weave through the oak groves and mixed evergreen forest to the overlooks. Fox Pond, a small but scenic tarn, has lily pads covering its western edge."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
300 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District, 747 Mendocino Ave., Ste. 100, Santa Rosa, CA 95401; (707) 565-7360; www.sonomaopenspace.org/Content/?p=10045/preview.html
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