Hike Date: April 7, 2012
Distance: 10.5 miles
Trail(s): Cobblestone Trail, Rough-Go Trail, Spring Creek Trail, Canyon Trail, Louis Trail, North Burma Trail, Channel Trail
Where’s it at? Santa Rosa, Northern California


Decided to head up north and check out Annadel State Park’s hiking offerings on a nice Spring day. This park is one on the list of possible closures, which is a shame. Annadel is in Santa Rosa not too far off Hwy 12. When I arrived I paid at the self registration gate but decided to meet my hiking buddy outside of the state Park proper anyways. I can sort of see why this park isn’t making much income, there are at least 10 places you can parkfor free, clearly visible from the drive to the ranger station within the paid portion. And the truth of the matter is, it seems to me this would be where you’d want to park anyway to do most of the nicer hikes (or bikes) in the area. I was left scratching my head a little on that one.

I’d been here around 15 years ago with another friend to do some mountain biking. At the time, in mid summer, it didn’t strike me as a very scenic park but it’s funny how that can change with the season, your age, and the activity you’re doing. It is definitely a mountain biking paradise and you will inevitably run across lots of bikers if you hike here. But it is also very scenic, especially now in Spring when all the meadows, and there are lots of those, are full of green grasses and the oaks with fresh new leaves growing.

When I looked at our path on their pdf map (see links below), it looked to be only about 7.5 miles but it turned out to be 10.5 on my GPS Tracker app, which has typically at least been pretty accurate with regards to distance (not so much elevation but I think that’s my phone manufacturer’s GPS issue and not the apps!). All in all most of the trails are really easy hiking, with the only remotely tough part being the hike up Canyon Trail to reach Lake Ilsanjo, but even that wasn’t too bad at all. In most areas the trail is well maintained but has a number of boulders here and there making you watch your footing with most steps to some extent.

Lake Ilsanjo is pretty scenic although it is a man-made lake and the dam for it is very very obviously built my man. It had a lot of ducks on it and offered picturesque scenery on the other 3 directions away from the dam. We hiked this park not too far away from some rains so a lot of the trails were pretty soggy but nothing that stuck to the shoes too bad.

All in all this was a great hike and I really hope that Annadel finds funding to stay open. If you like meadows, creeks and a scenic lake with some north bay ecology, this is a great trip.

Created by My Tracks on Android.
Total distance: 16.93 km (10.5 mi)
Total time: 3:44:59
Moving time: 2:28:14
Average speed: 4.52 km/h (2.8 mi/h)
Average moving speed: 6.85 km/h (4.3 mi/h)
Max speed: 9.90 km/h (6.2 mi/h)
Min elevation: 60 m (196 ft)
Max elevation: 240 m (786 ft)
Elevation gain: 693 m (2273 ft)

My Tracks Chart for Annadel State Park Hike

Photos from Hiking Annadel State Park (click to enlarge)

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