Three Day Basecamp: Sonoma County

Jul 22nd, 2020

Overview: Overnight base camping is a great way to accomplish several sections of the Ridge Trail while exploring the surrounding county. This 3 day and 2 night itinerary gives you the best of Sonoma County. Most outings are set up as shuttle hikes and require one car parked at the end of each route. 

Circumnavigating? Use the Trail Tracker to check off each section of the Ridge Trail you have completed.

Total Mileage: 25.6 miles

Camping / Lodging Suggestions:

Day 1: Spring Lake to Trione-Annadel State Park 

Route Description: Gradually climb over grassy hillsides and through oak woodlands and conifer forests on the east side of Bennett Mountain. This is an extremely popular mountain-biking route that travels along wide, rocky service roads and singletrack trails. Pass lush Ledson Marsh and descend through a conifer forest in the park’s southeast corner.

Drive Notes: Depending on where you stay the drive to the Lawndale lot to drop off your first car can take 10 – 20 minutes. After dropping off the car get on Hwy 12 N to Spring Lake County Park to start your adventure.   

Start: Spring Lake Park

End / Car Drop Off: Trione-Annadel, Lawndale Parking Lot

Mileage: 10.8 Miles (One Way)

Difficulty: Moderate

Elevation Gain: 1100’

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Day 2: Jack London State Park to North Sonoma Mountain

Route Description: Travel through redwood and oak forests and grasslands on the eastern and northern flanks of Sonoma Mountain; you’ll travel on a fire road to reach lofty heights with grand views of the Sonoma Valley, then descend on a well-designed narrow trail through beautiful oak woodlands. 

Drive Notes: Drop off a car at North Sonoma Mountain. Sonoma Mtn. Road is long, winding, and very narrow in places.  It is an approximately 30 – 40 minute drive between Jack London and North Sonoma Mountain.

Start: Jack London, Lake trailhead lot

End / Car Drop Off: North Sonoma Mountain Lot

Mileage: 7.4 miles (One Way)

Difficulty: Difficult

Elevation Gain:  1700’

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Day 3: Hood Mountain Regional Park

Route Description: A vigorous uphill trip follows Hood Creek through forests and meadows, past several ponds, and then climbs to the top of 2,730-foot Hood Mountain for distant views. 

Drive Notes: Take Hwy 12 to Pythian Rd.. Continue up Pythian until you reach the lot.

Start / End: Pythian Rd. Trail head Lot, Hood Mountain

Mileage: 7.4 miles (Out and Back)

Difficulty: Strenuous 

Elevation Gain: 1900’

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