May 7, 2014 · 8:45 AM
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Moderate hike appx 8 miles
This is a delightful hike along Lake Sonoma and a longer variation on our usual Half-a-Canoe trail favorite. We get all of the beauty of Half-a-Canoe but even more as we extend the walk to include more trail along the lake. It is a workout because it is a roller coaster type trail and the significant part of the altitude gain (1200 ft) is at the end of the trail. This will be a great scenic hike.
From Healdsburg head 10.3 miles northwest on Dry Creek Road to the base of Warm Srpings Dam and Lake Sonoma Visitor Center on the right. (Dry Creek Road becomes Skaggs Springs Road in the park.) From the visitor center, continue 3.6 miles, crossing over the bridge over Lake Sonoma, to the posted No Name Flat parking area on the left. There is noticeable sign marking the parking lot!. A map of the trails at Lake Sonoma can be found at:
We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyones time. A steady pace and we just keep going!
Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments. This is especially important if there are any weather issues. Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail. It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.
Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
Duration: 4 hours
Facilities: along trail
Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.
Bring a snack. We'll stop for a break around the 5 mile mark.
If you have completed your 10th
Bring your smile and great attitude! Once again....this is not about finishing the hike in record time...it's about enjoying ourselves and the outdoors! If you are a fast hiker you will be waiting for those of us that huff and puff our way up the trail. If you are a slow hiker you will find that we head off up the trail as soon as you catch up with the group. Please make sure this is something that you will enjoy! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyones time!
See you on the trail!