West County Trail

Sonoma County, California

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West County Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Sebastopol, California. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 112 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 15 feet. Along the trail there is grass.
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West County Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Sebastopol, California. It is 5.8 miles long and begins at 112 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 15 feet. Along the trail there is grass.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Rail-Trails, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Sonoma County
Distance: 5.8
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Surface:
Trailhead Elevation: 112 feet
Top Elevation: 112 feet
Additional Use: Skating, Mountain Biking
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Elevation Min/Max: 104/112 ft
Elevation Start/End: 112/112 ft

West County Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"A pleasant passage through rural, western Sonoma County, the West County Trail offers hikers an opportunity to experience the area’s venerable apple industry. Connecting the small communities of Forestville and Graton, the hike is a unique combination of historical, agricultural, and natural highlights. Explore the lush countryside along the West County Trail, which is a “rails to trails” conversion. The trail was once a rail line belonging to the Petaluma & Santa Rosa Railroad. It connected the small communities of Graton and Forestville. Now it is a very scenic trail that runs through the heart of the West County, passing vineyards, apple orchards, wineries, and small farmhouses in a peaceful, rustic setting as well as offering a close look at one of the last apple- processing plants in the county."

"A rails-to-trails system has been developed on the old Petaluma and Santa Rosa Railroad line, which connects Petaluma and Santa Rosa with Sebastopol and Forestville. The West County Regional Trail, a segment of the trail system, is a 5.5-mile trail that runs from Forestville to Sebastopol. This hike follows the first section of the trail in a tree-lined corridor from Forestville to the small town of Graton. The trail parallels a water channel, meanders alongside pastures and vineyards, and passes through the Fish and Game’s Atascadero Marsh Ecological Reserve. The mostly paved path is a popular hiking, biking, and dog-walking route. From Graton, the walk can be extended another 1 .75 miles south to Occidental Road and another 3.5 miles to Sebastopol. From Sebastopol, the trail continues west to Santa Rosa along the Joe Rodota Trail (Hike 64). The entire rails-to-trails system is 14 miles, from Forestville to Sebastopol to Santa Rosa."

"The springtime green and summertime gold of the oak woodlands that border the middle of the West County Trail hint at what the landscape of Sonoma County looked like prior to development. Surface: Asphalt."

"Most of the route is relatively flat with a few gentle climbs. The Joe Rodota Trail, which is built on an abandoned railroad right-of-way, travels through a plain between Sebastopol and Santa Rosa, known as Laguna de Santa Rosa. The ride described here connects this trail with the West County Trail."

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Jun 2018