Sonoma Overlook Trail

Sonoma County, California

Distance1.1mi
Elevation Gain626ft
Trailhead Elevation145ft
Top500ft
Elevation Min/Max145/500ft
Elevation Start/End145/145ft

Sonoma Overlook Trail

Sonoma Overlook Trail is a hiking trail in Sonoma, California. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 145 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 626 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking, information, and bicycle parking. This trail connects with the following: Sonona Overlook Trail - Meadow Loop and Sonoma Overlook Trail.

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Hiking California's Wine Country (Falcon Guides)
Bubba Suess
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"This is a short, easy, and scenic hike to a high bluff overlooking the city of Sonoma, much of southern Sonoma County, and parts of Marin County. San Pablo Bay, the northern part of San Francisco Bay, is also visible." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's North Bay (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"Take a seat on any of the stone benches at the summit of this route and bask in stunning vistas across the Sonoma Valley. On the descent, check out historic gravestones in the Mountain Cemetery. Ascending a hillside behind Sonoma’s historic plaza, the Sonoma Overlook Trail showcases the city’s natural and human history, from springtime wildflowers and shady oak and bay laurel groves to the tiered gravesites of some of its founding families." Read more
Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides)
Tracy Salcedo-Chourré
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"Trails on the hillsides that form downtown Sonoma’s backdrop loop across former pastureland, past an old quarry, to a overlook that, on a clear day, encompasses major Bay Area landmarks, and through a historic cemetery. Ascending a hillside behind Sonoma’s historic plaza, the Sonoma Overlook Trail leads to some of the most breathtaking views in the Sonoma Valley. On a clear day, from thoughtfully placed benches along the summit loop, you can gaze south across the Carneros wine region to San Pablo Bay, with Mount Diablo and Mount Tamalpais anchoring the southeast and southwest horizons, respectively." Read more
Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"The Sonoma Overlook Trail is a gorgeous hike that is a short half mile from the Sonoma Plaza in downtown Sonoma. The trail traverses the hillside above the north end of town to a grassy plateau below the summit of Schocken Hill. The hike begins at Mountain Cemetery and leads to the plateau through a mixed woodland forest. A short trail loops around the plateau to a memorial bench with a bird’s-eye view of Sonoma, the sloping ridge of Sonoma Mountain, and vistas across Sonoma Valley to San Pablo Bay." Read more

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Trail Information

Sonoma County
Nearby City
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Moderate
Skill Level
Sonoma Ecology Center; (707) 996-0712; www.sonomaecologycenter.org
Local Contacts
USGS Sonoma; map in interpretive brochure available at trailhead kiosk
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018