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greenBlue Sonoma Overlook Trail

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Trail

2.4 mile 3.8 kilometer out and back
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 372' 113 m
Descent: -372' -113 m
High: 509' 155 m
Low: 137' 42 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 6% (3°)
Max Grade: 12% (7°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

Quick and easy trip just above Sonoma with great views.

Nick Wilder

Features Views · Wildflowers

Overview

Though short, this is worth a visit when you're in the area. Perhaps a perfect hike between wine tastings or after a meal at one of the excellent restaurants in the area?

Description

Climb up the trail, starting in lovely oak forest and then alongside the old cemetery, which contains headstones of many prominent locals dating back to the 1840's.

As you ascend, you enter grasslands with big views, which just get better and better all the way to the top. On a clear day you can see San Francisco.

Loop around the top to enjoy the views in all directions and return the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Lots of coastal oak and bay trees, with monkeyflower, vinca, honeysuckle, ferns, and poison oak along the trail (but not on it!). There are also large sections of grasslands with abundant wildflowers in spring.

History & Background

Long ago, this was prime hunting grounds for the Coast Miwok people. By the mid-1800s, a cemetery had been built near the trailhead, which is still exists today. The hill was neglected for decades, being used as a stone quarry and then a trash dump until the 1950s.

In the 1990s, a resort hotel was proposed for the site, but a citizen vote rejected it in favor of recreation space, and this trail was built soon after.

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Jul 3, 2018
Amanda S
Trail closed until mid-September
Apr 7, 2018
Tricia Bølle
Beautiful and prayerful hike 2.5mi
Mar 25, 2018
Paton McClung
Jan 20, 2018
Eileen Corley
Added in a nice stroll through the mountain cemetery-Vallejo!. Boyes! Very pretty hike with gentle climbing due to long traverses. 3.7mi — 1h 30m
Jan 13, 2018
Jeff Poetzel
Jul 21, 2017
William Goebel
Took a detour at the first fork but got back on track and enjoyed the hike/view. Very mellow hike with a few rocks and roots to look out 2.9mi
Mar 26, 2017
Jenni Cooper

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  4.3 from 3 votes

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