Helen Putnam Regional Park

Petaluma, California 94952

Helen Putnam Regional Park

Helen Putnam Regional Park Professional Guide

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"The short loop through pretty Helen Putnam Regional Park offers a brief introduction to the terrain of southern Sonoma County’s Petaluma Gap. The hike has a nice mix of forests and grass- covered hillsides, as well as some fine views, including a wonderful vista of the city of Petaluma and tall Sonoma Mountain."

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Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Helen Putnam Regional Park is located in the Petaluma countryside two miles southwest of downtown. The 216-acre park lies across rolling open meadows punctuated by mature oak savannah. The park also includes a shaded picnic area, playground, and a fishing pond. Hiking, biking, and equestrian trails wind through the hills, with panoramic vistas of southern Sonoma County and northern Marin County. Eight well-marked trails wind through the park. This route follows the park’s perimeter and visits Fish Pond." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's North Bay (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"Tucked in the rolling hills along the Sonoma-Marin county line, this loop climbs through grasslands to an oak-studded ridgeline with great views across west county ranchlands and east across Petaluma to Sonoma Mountain. A lovely bowl filled with meadow grasses and wildflowers crowns this trail loop. A local favorite that’s well worth a visit for out-of-towners, the route skirts a small pond on the way up and features wonderful views of both the Petaluma River valley to the east and west county ranchland to the west." Read more
"A favorite of local mountain bikers and cyclocrossers, Helen Putnam is a tiny 216-acre park hidden in the hills just outside Petaluma, in among the free-range cattle ranches, chicken and grain farms, and nice urban homes. The ride demonstrated here comprises the largest contiguous loop possible in the park, and it’s still quite short at 2.17 miles. But it is so much fun, with tight turns, five-inch- wide singletrack throughout, no extended climbing, and rapidly changing scenery, that it feels like a much bigger park. This is a great loop for multiple laps—just like Michael Jackson said, “Don’t stop ’til you get enough.”" Read more

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Trail Information

Nearby City
400 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
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Dec 2018