South Lake Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Lake Sonoma. It is 11.1 miles long and begins at 547 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 22.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 9,639 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. The Buck Pasture Campground camp site can be seen along the trail.
South Lake Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"The South Lake Trail traverses the steep, upper hillside along the wooded south side of Lake Sonoma. Throughout the hike are spectacular vistas of the Warm Springs Arm of the lake, including the marina, private coves, fingers of land extending into the lake, Bummer Peak, and the rolling hills surrounding the lake. This hike begins below the observation deck and picnic area at the 985-foot overlook, high above the south end of the dam. The trail passes forested stream-fed drainages and an access path to Quicksilver Camp en route to Skaggs Springs Vista. Quicksilver Camp has eleven campsites along the oak-filled hillside and near the water."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books).
"Lake Sonoma’s South Lake Trail is a long path that stretches deep into the lake’s backcountry for many miles. While most of the trail is the domain of the few backpackers that hike out to camp at several primitive campsites, the first 2.75 miles make a great day hike. The trail maintains a fairly level course as it travels high above the lake with good views of the water and surrounding hills. The trail then veers away from the lake and travels through isolated gullies before arriving at the Skaggs Springs Vista, which has a panoramic view of Lake Sonoma."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking California's Wine Country (Falcon Guides).
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