This should be the perfect time of year for this hike, 15-20 minutes north of Sonoma, after our rainy season before the heat of summer. Lynne will lead this moderately strenuous, at times, 6+ mile hike will take us through grassy meadows, groves of Birch trees, over creeks (if they are still running :-)), and rock out droppings.
The trip to the top is the most strenuous part because it is all up hill (about 2+ miles on paved road). There are lots of beautiful vistas to take breaks as we head up. Once at the top, we’ll get a stunning view of Mt. Tamalpias to the south, Mt. Diablo to the east, and Mt. St. Helena to the north, and beyond. The descent is the fun part, as we start down on a dirt road, then follow a trail down a little canyon to a stream, and continue up and down until you hit the dirt road once again and take that back to the parking lot. You will be surprised and delighted by the beautiful views and variety of terrain.
• From 101 North or I-80 East, take CA-37 towards Napa
• North on CA-121 / Arnold Dr., drive 6.5 miles
• Left at fork to stay on Arnold, drive 8.1 miles
• Right on Madrone, drive 0.9 miles
• Left on CA-12 (Sonoma Hwy), drive 6.7 miles
• Right on Adobe Canyon Rd, drive 1.6 miles
Entrance fee is $8.This is a state park, so dogs are not allowed.