What we're about

Take a walk (or hike) on the wild side! Enjoy many of our beautiful local parks, get exercise, view native plants and wildlife, and meet other friendly local people. The Go Wild hikes are a great way to support your wellness on all levels. Getting moving outdoors is one of the best prescriptions for health and happiness. We're about creating a group environment in which our fellow hikers can connect and enjoy each other’s company in a friendly, courteous and supportive manner. It’s as much about the hikers as it is about the hikes.

The hikes are usually 4-9 miles in length and are appropriate for intermediate-level hikers. Some are appropriate for beginner-level hikers depending on their fitness level. Hikers who are out of practice or out of shape should read hike descriptions carefully and be aware of their fitness level before signing up.

If your plans change after you sign up, please update your RSVP. This is a courtesy to the group and leaves room for others who want to attend.

Cost: $5 suggested donation. No one turned away!

It is essential that we respect each other in the hiking community and the world.

**Please refrain from using Any scented products the day of a group hike! This includes cologne, perfume, aftershave etc.. Symptoms of fragrance sensitivity can include headaches, nausea, and a skin allergy like contact dermatitis, which causes redness, itching, and burning. Watery, itching, burning, and red eyes; sneezing; runny nose; and congestion are also common.

*Remember to wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, a snack and layered clothing.

*Of course we will all look out for each other but ultimately, hikers are responsible for their own safety and well-being during hikes.

WHAT TO BRING:

• Wear appropriate comfortable hiking shoes

• Bring sunscreen and dress appropriate to the weather

• Plenty of water and snacks for longer hikes

• Money for parking (if applicable) and suggested donation

YOUR GUIDE: I (Zoli) became organizer in June 2019. I'm a long time members of the Go Wild Hikers. I've enjoyed many of their hikes over the years. Kristi Bowman announced in May 2019, that she and Tony would no longer lead the hikes. Now it's Go Wild 3.0 lead by me, Zoli Somogyi. I welcome all constructive feedback as this wouldn't be a group without you.

NOTE ON DOGS: Dogs are not allowed on many of the local trails. We ask that you please leave your 4-legged, furry friends at home for the group hikes, unless otherwise specified. Thank you!

Upcoming events (4+)

North Sonoma Mtn to Jack London

2400 London Ranch Rd

RSVP's are CLOSED. Please sign up for different hike.
Please Read It All Before Asking Questions! If it's unclear, ask.
A great opportunity to experience a spectacular thru hike from North Sonoma Mountain to Jack London State Park. This was originally scheduled in the spring of 2020 with a shuttle bus but was canceled due to covid.
This will require us to shuttle up to 16 people in 4 different cars.
Please Read All the Details! If you sign up you will start on the Waitlist!

IMPORTANT
Updated, this adventure is now limited to 16 participants including myself.
Everyone will start on the wait list! To attend -
You Must have hiked with me in the past 6 months.
You Must have hiked at least a 6-8 miler with me in the past 6 months.
You Must Be Reliable and have had no "No Shows" in the past 12 months.
I will Close the RSVP's as soon as I reach 16 Hikers who meet the above.

THE CARPOOL SHUFFLE Updated
We will meet at Jack London at 830am and take 4 people each in 4 cars (Everyone wears a mask and all windows down!) to N Sonoma Mtn 5297 Sonoma Mountain Road Santa Rosa, CA 95404 to start the hike no later than 930am!
After arriving at Jack London we will need 1 or 2 cars to take 4 folks (Everyone wears a mask and all windows down!) back to N Sonoma Mtn 5297 Sonoma Mountain Road, to pick up their cars.

THE HIKE
North Sonoma Mtn to Jack London - Thru hike (one direction!)
This is part of the 375 mile Bay Area Ridge Trail
Length - 8 miles/12.9 kilometers
Elevation change - 1290 feet/393 meters
Difficulty - 8 out of 10
Dogs - Are not allowed
Facilities at beginning of trail head - N Sonoma Mtn Restrooms -
Facilities at end of trail head - Jack London Restrooms, shade and picnic tables.
Cost - $5 Suggested donation, cash, Zelle or RCUpay (Redwood Credit Union). No one turned away!
Parking - $10 State Park fee at Jack London or free with State Park Pass.
And $7 for the cars parking at N Sonoma Mountain Regional Park.
Remember to wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, a hat, a snack/lunch and layered clothing.
Please refrain from using Any scented products the day of a group hike!
Of course we will all look out for each other but ultimately, hikers are responsible for their own safety and well-being during hikes.

WHEN WE MEET
Saturday October 30,[masked]:30 am to 2:30 pm
Please Be On Time! See THE CARPOOL SHUFFLE for more Details.
If your plans change after you sign up even if you're on the waitlist, please update your RSVP.
Do not attend if you're ill or have been around someone sick.
Hike may be postponed or cancelled in case of excessive heat, rain,
smoke/AQI, illness, zombie apocalypses etc... Check your email the
night before for any possible changes.

WHERE WE MEET
Jack London Historic State Park
After passing entrance kiosk make a Right to upper parking lot.
2400 London Ranch Rd
Glen Ellen, CA 95442
See THE CARPOOL SHUFFLE for more Details.
Give yourself plenty of time to arrive. It's always farther than you think.

Russian Gulch at Jenner Headlands

12001 CA-1

Jenner Headlands is a spectacular 5,630-acre mosaic of redwood and Douglas fir forests, oak woodland, chaparral, and coastal prairie overlooking the Pacific Ocean. Coastal prairie is rare and only found along the Pacific Coast of California and southern Oregon. These areas support a rich assemblage of native plants and are one of the most diverse types of grasslands in North America.
Many rare and endangered species inhabit the property including the northern spotted owl, peregrine falcon, and red tree vole. Deer, bobcat, coyote, mountain lion and steelhead trout are also found on the property. A challenging hike best for individuals with at least a moderate level of fitness.

Six things to remember when hiking near cattle
1- Properly latch any gates you pass through on trails.
2- Always keep dogs on leash. Do not let pets chase or harass livestock.
3- If cattle are blocking the trail, approach them slowly, speak normally, and allow them to move away. If they don’t move away on their own, provide a wide berth by walking around them off-trail, if necessary.
4- If you see a stray calf, leave it alone; the mother is often feeding or watering nearby and will return. Do not get between a mother cow and young calves.
5- Give space to any cow that shows signs of aggression. This may mean giving them lots of space and walking off-trail if necessary.
6- If you encounter a cow that is acting in a threatening manner, or appears to be injured, sick or dead, please note the location, the color of the animal, the ear tag number, and report it to the park.
https://parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Learn/Blog/Articles/Sharing-Sonoma-County-trails-with-cows/

UPCOMING
December hikes will include Islands in the Sky 9+ miles and Stinson Beach to Pantoll campground and back. Stay tuned!

THE HIKE
Sea to Sky, Russian Gulch and Raptor Ridge Trails - A loop hike
Map - https://www.alltrails.com/explore/recording/sea-to-sky-to-russian-gulch-to-raptor-ridge-loop-8252831
Length - 9.5 miles/15.3 kilometers
Elevation change - 1850 feet/564 meters
Difficulty - 8 out of 10 moderately strenuous - some steep sections.
Must be sure footed (confident and competent)! Bring trekking poles.
Exposure - 70% sun / 30% shade - steep, rocky, ticks/insects and cows.
Bring plenty of water. More than you think. At least 68 oz. (2 liters).
Dogs - Not on this one, it's too long.
Facilities at trail head - Picnic tables and pit toilets.
Cost - $5 Suggested donation, cash, Zelle or RCUpay (Redwood Credit Union). No One Turned Away!
Parking - Free but only 30 parking spaces so arrive early!
Remember to wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, a hat, a snack/lunch and layered clothing.
Please refrain from using Any scented products the day of a group hike!
Of course we will all look out for each other but ultimately, hikers are responsible for their own safety and well-being during hikes.

WHEN WE MEET
Sunday November 7, 2021
*Daylight Savings Time Ends* Fall Back 1 hour*
9:00 am - 2:00 pm
If your plans change after you sign up even if you're on the waitlist, please update your RSVP.
Do not attend if you're ill or have been around someone sick!
Hike may be postponed or cancelled due to excessive heat, smoke/AQI, rain, illness or zombie apocalypses etc.. Check your email the night before for any possible changes.

WHERE WE MEET
Jenner Headlands Preserve
Hwy 1 Jenner, Ca
Give yourself plenty of time to arrive. It's always farther than you think.

Healdsburg Ridge Dogs Welcome

Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve

Time for Healdsburg Ridge Preserve. This beautiful community park consists of a wide array of plants and animals including wetlands and oak woodlands, rocky serpentine chaparral and open grasslands. Deer and rabbits are scattered throughout drawing top predators like bobcats and mountain lions. For an area of only 155 acres, the diversity it supports is quite impressive including over 40 bird species and rare plants like serpentine rye grass and a species of Ceanothus that has yet to be described by scientists.

UPCOMING
December hikes will include Islands in the Sky 9+ miles and Stinson Beach to Pantoll campground and back. Stay tuned!

THE HIKE
Length - 3.5 miles/5.6 kilometers - A loop hike
Elevation change - 400 feet/122 meters
Difficulty - 5 out of 10 Easy (average person scale).
Exposures - 65% shade/35% sun - rocky, poison oak, ticks/insects.
Bring plenty of water. More than you think. At least 24 oz.. to 38.4 oz.. (1 liter).
Dogs - Yes, well behaved and on a leash.
Facilities at trail head - None!
Cost - $5 Suggested donation, cash, Zelle or RCUpay (Redwood Credit Union). No One Turned Away!
Parking - Free neighborhood parking. Please Do Not Block Driveways!
Remember to wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, for
your dog too, a hat, a snack, layered clothing.
Please refrain from using Any scented products the day of a group hike!
Of course we will all look out for each other but ultimately, hikers are responsible for their own safety and well-being during hikes.

WHEN WE MEET
Saturday November 13,[masked]:00 am - 11:30 am
If your plans change after you sign up even if you're on the waitlist, please update your RSVP.
Do not attend if you're ill or have been around someone sick!
Hike may be postponed or cancelled due to excessive heat, smoke/AQI, rain, illness or zombie apocalypses etc.. Check your email the night before for any possible changes.

WHERE WE MEET/DIRECTIONS
Healdsburg Ridge Preserve
Bridle Path & Arabian Way, Healdsburg
From Hwy 101 - take Dry Creek Rd. exit, Healdsburg - North on Healdsburg Ave. - Right on Parkland Farms Blvd. - Right on Bridle Path - You have arrived. Neighborhood parking. Please Do Not Block Driveways!
Give yourself plenty of time to arrive. It's always farther than you think.

Shell Beach to Pomo Canyon and return via Red Hill

Shell Beach

The trail follows an ancient trading route of the Pomo and Miwok people. The path weaves through lush redwood forests, oak woodlands and open grasslands, crossing seasonal streams. From the trail we will have panoramic vistas of the lower Russian River, Willow Creek, the town of Jenner and the coastline. This hike is one of our favorites! Best for individuals with at least a moderate level of fitness.

UPCOMING
December hikes will include Islands in the Sky 9+ miles and Stinson Beach to Pantoll campground and back. Stay tuned!

THE HIKE
Shell Beach to Pomo Canyon and return via Red Hill
Length - 6.8 miles/11 kilometers - Out & Back Lollipop Thingy
Elevation change - 1600 feet/488 meters
Difficulty - 8 out of 10 moderately strenuous
Exposures - 30% shade/70 % sun, rocky, poison oak, ticks and insects
Bring plenty of water. More than you think. At least 38.4 oz. (1 liter).
Dogs - Not permitted
Facilities at trail head - Restrooms
Cost - $5 Suggested donation, cash, Zelle or RCUpay (Redwood Credit Union). No one turned away!
Parking - Free
Remember to wear appropriate hiking shoes, bring plenty of water, a hat, sunscreen, a snack/lunch and layered clothing.
Please refrain from using Any scented products the day of a group hike!
Of course we will all look out for each other but ultimately, hikers are responsible for their own safety and well-being during hikes.

WHEN WE MEET
Sunday November 21,[masked]:00 am - 01:30 pm
If your plans change after you sign up even if you're on the waitlist, please update your RSVP.
Do not attend if you're ill or have been around someone sick.
Hike may be postponed or cancelled in case of excessive heat, rain,
smoke/AQI, illness, zombie apocalypses etc... Check your email the
night before for any possible changes.

WHERE WE MEET
Shell Beach parking lot
8900 Coast Highway 1 Jenner
Give yourself plenty of time to arrive. It's always farther than you think.

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Foothill Park dogs welcome

Foothill Regional Park

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