An important aspect of what makes Sonoma such a booming destination for vineyards is the unique climate and topography. The ideal climate makes grape growing simplistic, with consistent dry, sunny days followed by cool nights. Wine Country’s geography is varied, as the valleys, plains, rolling hills, and river beds provide a number of unique microclimates within the region. The circumstances that make Wine Country such a hotspot for vineyards and wine connoisseurs also makes it a prime destination for hiking. There is an abundance of trails in the area, which makes pinning down the prettiest treks a difficult task for many visitors. So take it from the locals: Here are our picks for the three prettiest Sonoma County hiking trails!
Starting off our list is one of the most popular Sonoma County hiking trails, which can be enjoyed by all. The Sonoma Overlook Trail extends nearly three miles and is adjacent to the Montini Open Space Preserve. On your walk, which has been deemed fit for all skill levels, you’re likely to see a vast array of diverse native plants and animals. Reach the magnificent meadow at the top and you’ll be rewarded with views of Sonoma itself, the Sonoma Valley, and the Bay Area off into the distance.
For those needing a little more incentive than the promise of fresh air and exercise to undertake a hike, then the Grape Stomp Trail might be more your style. Though the trail is moderately difficult, this hike starts and ends at Bartholomew Estate Vineyards. Make your way through a wooded area before ascending, descending, and eventually crossing over to the You-Walk Miwok Trail and taking in the breathtaking views of Sonoma from its 640-foot summit. Upon your return, celebrate accordingly with a glass (or bottle) of wine at the historic Bartholomew Estate.
For our final trail, venture just 20 minutes north of Sonoma to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. This majestic park is an outdoorsman’s’ paradise, featuring some of the best hiking near Sonoma and all of the North Bay. Reaching the top of Bald Mountain will illuminate views that include the Sierras to the East, San Francisco Bay and Mount Diablo to the South, and Mount Saint Helena to the North. If you only have time for one trail, we suggest you take the 2.1-mile Canyon and Pony Gate Trail Loop that takes you to the headwaters of Sonoma Creek, highlighted by a magnificent 25-foot waterfall.
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Though we are sure you’ll want to spend ample time relaxing within the confines of your luxury vacation home rentals in Sonoma Valley, the area has too much to offer. And what better way to experience it than on the ground yourself? So, if you’re planning on hiking near Sonoma, make your home base Woodfield Properties. After a demanding day spent on these Sonoma County hiking trails, your body will surely appreciate some recuperation in a welcoming environment fit with enough amenities to have you rearing and ready to go again by morning. Start planning your expedition when you visit us online today!