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The trails are my church. And there's no better place to get spiritual, see some phenomenal views or run off your hangover than on the trails of the parks in Sonoma County.

We have so many awesome regional and state parks...these are just my personal faves.

What really qualifies as a "fave" is something I can do in a loop. I can't do there-and-backs. So boring.

North County


Lake Sonoma

~25 minutes north of Healdsburg is the beautiful Lake Sonoma.

There are plenty of hiking/running/biking/horse-back riding trails.

I like the "1/2 a Canoe" trail. 

It's just under 5 miles and a mix of a nice descent to water level

followed by a butt-burning climb back up to the top.

Gorge views, quiet and peaceful. 


No Name Parking Lot, Geyserville, CA



Fitch Mountain

The "little" mountain you can see from most parts of Healdsburg is Fitch Mountain.

The trails were recently taken over by the city and offer a really pretty (and very steep) hike.

The views at the top of the valley and river below are an awesome reward.

A small trail leads into a fire-road that wraps around the mountain.

Nice and shady for hot days. The creek runs during the winter...


Park by the dog park behind The Villa Chanticleer.

Healdsburg, CA

Healdsburg Ridge Open Preserve Space

Located inside a quaint neighborhood on the north end of town is a perfect place to log some FitBit steps.

150 acres to roam and explore...Mostly easy, 2-3 mile loops...


Arabian Way, Healdsburg, CA 95448


Foothill Regional Park

This is my favorite weekday trail run when the days are long in the summer

or if my day finished unexpectedly early on shorter days.

This park is more heavily populated, so I don't mind running alone here.


Arata Lane, Windsor, CA

South County

Trione-Annadel State Park

This is my Sunday-Runday spot.

I love that I can push myself further on the weekends at Annadel.

A group of 2-4 of us run it almost every Sunday together.

Whoever gets the story on the uphill has burnt lungs.

You can do a quick 7 mile run or turn it into an 11 miler.

Grab a picnic and a camelback and turn it into an all day hike.

It's the best park in the county. 

Located only ~25 minutes south-east of Healdsburg.

*NO* dogs allowed

Parktrail Entrance, Santa Rosa, CA

trione-annadel website

West County

Armstrong Redwoods

Want to see a 250 foot tall redwood tree that's over 2,000 years old while you run or hike?

Then come here...

Infinite trails of all levels with views and sights that even impress the locals.


And then when you're done, you can grab lunch, brunch or linner in the darling town of Guerneville.

The food scene there is ridic.

17000 Armstrong Woods Rd, Guerneville, CA 95446

armstrong redwoods website


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Healdsburg Running Company has you covered

Located in downtown Healdsburg.

Hosts *tons* of organized runs, some weekday, some weekend.

And their selection of shoes & apparel is great too...

333 Center St, Healdsburg, CA

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