Hike Date: March 15, 2014
Distance: ~ 3.2 miles
Trail(s): Bay Area Ridge Trail, Ridge Trail, Cattail Trail, South Loop Trail, Fillaree Trail, Pomo Trail, Panorama Trail, Arroyo Trail, Savannah Trail
Where’s it at? West Petaluma, CA


Helen Putnam Park is 216 acres run by Sonoma County Regional Park District, situated in Petaluma, CA. This was my first hike in Petaluma and I went here because it has part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail running through it as well as a coworker had mentioned it recently. There’s a $7 day use parking fee with a self serve iron ranger although you might be able to park in other areas without the cost if you’re not planning to use the playground or picnic facilities. The county website suggests you can fish for bluegill in the pond here but I’m scratching my head at that one a little bit. The pond was really small granted it is a dry year, but it didn’t look like it gets much bigger.

I took several different trails starting in a counterclockwise fashion for a short stint on the paved trail and then the rest of the time I managed to stay on dirt. I really don’t like hiking on paved trails but someday I’ll probably end up wishing every trail were paved as I hike with my walker… The trails were a little muddy up by the pond and I guess some areas of this park close seasonally, but none were closed this mid March. My favorite part was probably the South Loop Trail mainly because it was secluded in a tree canopy without the masses of hikers that were in other areas, and had the best views of green grassy hills in my opinion.

This park was nice while green, though I’m not sure how scenic it would be in the summer and it probably gets fairly hot here. This park doesn’t have long enough hikes to really call it a destination hiking spot, but I’m glad to have explored it. We actually ended up hiking another Sonoma County Park this same day after finishing here to get out fill in.

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Total distance: 5.10 km (3.2 mi)
Total time: 1:15:41
Moving time: 1:13:42
Max elevation: 139 m (456 ft)
Min elevation: 54 m (178 ft)
Elevation gain: 226 m (743 ft)
Max grade: 16 %
Min grade: -19 %

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