Santa Rosa Creek Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Delta Pond is a mile-long manmade pond along the Santa Rosa Creek Trail. It is an important stop for migrating waterfowl on the Pacific Flyway. It is also a thriving rookery for great blue herons, great egrets, and double-crested cormorants. The rookery is home to more than 150 nests. The Santa Rosa Creek Trail runs along the creek for 6.5 miles, from Santa Rosa to the trail’s west end at Delta Pond, where the creek joins the Laguna de Santa Rosa. At the east end, the Santa Rosa Creek Trail connects to the Joe Rodota Trail west of Olive Park. Hikes 68 and 69 follow a popular segment of the trail, traveling in opposite directions from Willowside Road. This hike heads west from Willowside Road (directly across from Hike 68.) The trail begins on a gated gravel road maintained by the Sonoma County Water Agency. The trail follows the downstream course of Santa Rosa Creek under towering oaks, Oregon ash, black walnuts, and willows trees. The path skirts the north side of Delta Pond along the creek to the Laguna de Santa Rosa waterway. The pond is contained by a tall berm and is fenced. Public access up to the rim overlooking the pond is restricted. During the wet winter months, this path may be muddy or covered with pools of water."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books).
"Santa Rosa Creek forms in the upper slopes of Red Hill between Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and Hood Mountain Regional Park. The creek flows through the heart of Santa Rosa and joins the Laguna de Santa Rosa north of Sebastopol. The Santa Rosa Creek Trail follows along the creek for 6.5 miles, from downtown Santa Rosa to Laguna de Santa Rosa by Delta Pond. Hikes 68 and 69 follow a section of the trail from Willowside Road between Santa Rosa and Sebastopol. This hike heads east along a raised gravel road on the south side of the Santa Rosa Creek Flood Channel. The trail runs under the shade of oak, black walnut, Oregon ash, and willow trees. It is a popular route for walkers, joggers, dog walkers, and bikers. A trail also follows the north side of the creek and may be used as an optional return route. The trail on the north side of the creek is paved, and the trail on the south side of the creek is gravel."
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