Hike Date: March 23, 2013
Distance: ~ 12 miles
Trail(s): Lake Trail, Mountain Trail, Sonoma Ridge Trail, Coon Trap Trail, Vineyard Trail
Where’s it at? Glen Ellen, CA in Sonoma County off Hwy 12


This hike through Jack London State Historic Park was an excellent one. The combination of distance, trail choices, scenery, history and elevation gain was just about perfect in my opinion. At $10 to park it is well worth it and I would definitely say that this is a destination hike…one worthy of travelling to from afar. The moderate hike was clockwise from the Upper Lot to the lake, then onto the Mountain Trail with a left turn on the Sonoma Ridge Trail, then to the end and instead of making the typical backtrack, we continued along with a pretty steep descent on the Coon Trap Trail, to finally return via the vineyard trail. A lot of changes happen within this hike, from hiking along grape vineyards, along a Eucalyptus forest, on the top of grassy hills and through a lot of poison oak!

The park has other attractions, some of which you will pass if you take this hike. There is a winery ruins which was damaged by the 1906 earthquake, a distillery, “the Pig Palace” piggery, some (grain?) silos, and London Lake. London lake is a five acre lake with some wood bath houses. While it wasn’t in good condition when I visited, there were signs requesting supporters and volunteers, so presumably it is being clean up. It’s just very stagnant looking and the dam is leaking.

This is a pretty long, moderate hike with probably the steepest sections being the Coon Trap Trail, which I’m pretty glad I was hiking down instead of up! There were TONS of wildflowers and butterflies all over the place, and some good birding to be done. If you get a free day consider taking a visit and hike here in Glen Ellen.

Photos from Sonoma Ridge Trail (click to enlarge)

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Directions to Jack London SHP


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