Sonoma Ridge Trail

Jack London State Historic Park, California

Elevation Gain1,488ft
Trailhead Elevation2,031ft
Elevation Min/Max1528/2124ft
Elevation Start/End2031/2031ft

Sonoma Ridge Trail

Sonoma Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Jack London State Historic Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 2,031 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,488 feet. This trail connects with the following: Mountain Trail, Loop Trail and Coon Trap Trail.

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"Sonoma Mountain encompasses a long forested ridge running north and south that forms the backbone of Jack London State Historic Park. This hike along the Sonoma Ridge Trail, a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, follows the east side of the ridge through the 1,400-acre state park, steadily climbing south. The hike begins at Beauty Ranch and ascends the forested slope beyond London Lake. The trail passes through deep woods, redwood groves, and open meadows, offering sweeping vistas down Sonoma Valley to San Pablo Bay and across to the Mayacamas Mountains."

"Sonoma Mountain is the prominent 14-mile-long range that separates Petaluma and the Highway 101 corridor from scenic Sonoma Valley. The prominent landform tops out at 2,463 feet and is among the highest points in Sonoma County. North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve, opened to the public in 2014, is a stunning 820-acre parkland on the north slope of the mountain. The open space is located southeast of Santa Rosa between Rohnert Park and Sonoma Valley. The land lies adjacent to Jack London State Historic Park on its west side. Within the regional park are numerous creeks surrounded by dense forests of coast live oak, black oak, bigleaf maple, Pacific madrone, Douglas fir, bay laurel, and coast redwoods, with an understory of blackberry, toyon, and western poison oak. The open slopes are covered with chaparral and grasslands. A 4.25-mile trail climbs to the mountain summit. Atop the ridge, the trail seamlessly connects to Jack London State Historic Park via the Hayfields Trail near the summit. The trail gently winds through diverse landscapes, including dark shaded forests, broad meadows, and upland valleys. From the trail are sweeping views of Sonoma Valley, the Santa Rosa Plain, the coastal range to the Pacific Ocean, and the Mayacamas Mountains. The multi-use trail is open to hiking, biking, and equestrians. The North Sonoma Mountain Trail is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail around the San Francisco Bay area. To date, about 340 miles of the Bay Area Ridge Trail are complete. This trail has added another vital link in the projected 550-mile loop."

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Trail Information

Jack London State Historic Park
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Jack London State Historic Park
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U.S.G.S. Glen Ellen North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve
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Oct 2018