This is probably one of the most popular hikes(event).
It's rated as easy. Leave S. B & enter the private & historical Barthowlomew preserve. This is a hidden gem mostly known to locals. (It is also dog friendly) It is only available 3 days a week & needs special permission for certain groups.
We will start thru the gardens & see unusual trees & pass a bamboo grove next to huge Eucalyptus trees. Then into the forest & along fern lined creeks. A short side spur visit to some small Miwok Indian caves & we start to climb a bit. **Please watch for the perfect Xmas tree. Then a stop near the top for great valley views. On thru a lquiet redwood grove & a rest stop next to a frog filled forest lake. In the Spring the dam overflow has beautiful hanging yellow flowers & some small waterfalls .
We will have our wine picnic under old valley oaks with serene vineyard views. A visit to the winery & museum is warranted. This is where all wine growing was started in CA. By Count Haraszthy from Hungary.
Then on to a hidden gate & a quick visit to Buena Vista winery. this is the oldest commercial reserve winery in CA. It was recently purchased by a wealthy french winemaker. With a few million bucks he has rejuvenated it & opened up the long closed wine caves. A water Vortex was also added.
We will have one more nearby wine stop before our usual dinner option commences.
Will this be a fun day or what ? BRING a LUNCH !!! Or have Sonoma"s Best make you a great one.
What else do you get: Water, Juice, Tea, Soda, Latte's, Energy Drinks, Trail Bars, Snacks, Gourmet Nut Packs, hiking poles, & wine at lunch.
Wear good hiking shoes. And it can get pretty warm in that area.