Bald Mountain

Basics: This hike is to the top of the 2729-ft Bald Mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.  From the top you’ll have views of the Napa and Sonoma Valleys along with the San Francisco Bay Area and many of the nearby peaks.  This hike is approximately 6 miles roundtrip.  The parking fee is $8.  Potential hazards include: rattlesnakes, sun exposure. Continue reading “Bald Mountain”

Fiske Peak

Basics: Sweeping vistas of the Capay Valley, Coastal Ranges, and on a clear day, the Sierras.  This hike begins at the Cache Creek Regional Park Lower Site.  It is approximately 8 miles roundtrip with an elevation gain of 2300 ft.  There is a $6 parking fee – and bring a pen to fill out the little envelope.  Dogs on a leash are allowed.  Potential hazards include: poison oak, rattlesnakes, and treacherous terrain. Continue reading “Fiske Peak”

Mount Saint Helena

This is a hike to the highest peak (4339 ft) in Sonoma County, though it’s only about 1500 ft or so away from the Napa County line. The hike is 10.2 miles roundtrip, with an elevation gain for around 2300 ft.

In honor of Robert Louis Stevenson’s 160th birthday today, we are proud to present the first post ever on our blog.  This trail is located in Stevenson’s own California State Park, where he lived in a cabin and wrote The Silverado Squatters.

Summary: This is a hike to the highest peak (4339 ft) in Sonoma County, though it’s only about 1500 ft or so away from the Napa County line.  This trail follows a gently graded fire road, so in cool weather it’s fairly easy despite the distance.  The hike is 10.2 miles roundtrip, with an elevation gain for around 2300 ft.  Parking is free on the side of the road.

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