Hike Date: December 21, 2013
Distance: ~ 3.1 miles
Trail(s): Corridor Ridge Trail, Sutton Lake Trail, Steps Trail
Where’s it at? Sonoma Valley in Glen Ellen


Took a drive out to the heart of Sonoma Valley this weekend to take a short hike with Erin at the Sonoma Valley Regional Park in or near Glen Ellen. The 162 acre park has a mix of paved and dirt trails that meander through oak woodlands with a minor ridge along the hills in the park. There is a lake in the center of the park called Suttonfield Lake, which was pretty empty on our visit after a year of very low rainfall. I didn’t find very much scenic about it but could picture it looking a lot better when full. There are maybe 5 miles total of trails in the park and about the only trail to get your heart pumping is the Steps Trail which takes you to the highest point in the park, however it unfortunately doesn’t offer any very great views due to the density of trees.

I found the $7 self paid day use fee in the parking lot to be a little steep unless you’re here for an all-day picnic. I don’t mind supporting any park with hiking trails though. This is more of a local exercise trail or ecology hike than a destination hike, especially considering the wonderful Jack London State Park is so close to this park. It wouldn’t be a bad idea to make it a destination hike by doing both parks in one day. Or come here and hike it before a picnic. There is a large dog park nearby and I believe dogs on leash were allowed on the trails but you should check with the park website on that before you visit.

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