Hike Date: April 1, 2012
Distance: ~ 3 miles
Trail(s): Sonoma Overlook Trail
Where’s it at? City of Sonoma near downtown


The Sonoma Overlook Trail is a short trail near downtown Sonoma offering 3 miles of trail with a few loops to choose from. The hiking here is really easy with minimal elevation gain. According to sonomahikingtrails.com the park will soon have more trails to offer with the addition of the Montini Open Space Preserve.

There’s a small parking lot at the trailhead adjacent to the Mountain Cemetery. At the end of the hike consider taking a stroll through this cemetery that seems to have a lot of graves from the 1940s and earlier, with some newer ones scattered about. There are a number of nice mausoleums toward the bottom of the hill.

This hike is currently a little short to give reason to be the sole reason for a visit to this area in Sonoma, but the trail is nice if you’re in the area or live locally. It offers pretty good views of the city of Sonoma to the west and you can see down to the bay from the higher parts of the trail. When I visited in early Spring the trail was pretty soggy in a lot of areas so don’t bring your new white shoes if going at that time of year. There were a lot of Golden poppies and other wildflowers with scattered serpentine rocks along the trail in addition to the grasslands that make up most of the hike. There is a mix of wide open and tree canopied hiking and there’s one really small stream (probably seasonal) to cross along the way.

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Directions to Sonoma Overlook Trail lot


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Written on April 2nd, 2012 in Hiking, The Whole Thing
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