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.
Sonoma Overlook Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"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."
--Bubba Suess, Hiking California's Wine Country (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Best Easy Day Hikes: San Francisco's North Bay (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Tracy Salcedo-Chourré, Hiking Through History San Francisco Bay Area (Falcon Guides).
"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."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books).
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