Hiking is one of the best ways to infuse your life with active fun.
Get out in the countryside. Soak up some Mother Nature. And, get in a workout while you’re at it. These are our favorite healthy hikes near Santa Rosa.
#1 Santa Rosa Creek Trail
The Santa Rosa Creek Trail begins at Willowside Road. It runs for roughly two miles before it connects with the City of Santa Rosa’s Prince Memorial Greenway. The creek is bordered by two trails, a paved path on the north side and a gravel path on the south side.
The north side is raised, offering views of the waterway, farms, vineyards, and mountains. The creek forms in the Mayacamas Mountains. It is home to a variety of birds and wildlife, including the Western Pond Turtle, California’s only native turtle.
The Santa Rosa Creek Trail is a great way to ease into hiking. You can stroll along the creek or power walk a healthy, low-impact workout.
#2 Jack London State Historic Park
Spanning 1,400 acres and featuring over 29 miles of trails, the Jack London State Park (aka Jack London Park) features some of the best hikes near Santa Rosa. The park was formerly home to the famous writer and adventurer Jack London. It was deemed a National Historic Landmark in 1963. On the grounds, several of the historic living quarters and operational features of London’s ranch remain standing.
From vineyards and orchards to forests and meadows, the diverse terrain is home to a plethora of wildlife. While no camping is permitted, the park’s trails are available for hiking, mountain biking, and equestrian use.
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#3 Taylor Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve
This prominent Santa Rosa landmark is one of the region’s gems. At its peak, you’ll enjoy panoramic views of Santa Rosa and beyond. Spanning 1,100 acres, it features over five miles of unpaved trails. But, the highlight is the 18-hole disc golf course. It traverses the hillside, featuring “greens” of varying lengths and difficulties.
#4 Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space
With 1,750 acres of wilderness, the Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space offers one of the region’s most extensive trail system. Climbing through forests, meandering through meadows, and crossing over several creeks; the terrain is challenging. Depending on the trail, hikes can feature up to a 600-foot elevation gain. But, the views are worth it.
#5 Annadel State Park
On the eastern edge of Santa Rosa, this 5,200-acre park is one of the region’s most popular. It has over 40 miles of interconnected trails, including an 8½ mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail. The terrain varies greatly from forests and volcanic rock to sprawling grasslands and soggy marshes. During the spring, wildflowers are abundant and during the summer Lake Ilsanjo offers fishing.
Where to start?
Looking for more great ways to infuse your life with fun activities, but not sure where to start? Our naturopathic medical staff can help you find an exercise routine that’s right for you.
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