Hiking and Wine - the Wine Country Experience

Stairs
We had forgotten how many stairs and steep segments were to be found here.
User: Austin Explorer - 11/13/2016

Location: Bartholomew Park

Rating: 4stars
Difficulty: 4stars  Solitude: 3stars
Miles Hiked: 4.45 Miles  Elapsed Time: 2 hours, 38 minutes

Comments:

Our second trip to Bartholomew Park and we had somewhat forgotten how roush some of the trails are here.  Much of our walking recently has been on the sidewalks of Sonoma, so the elevation gain here was a rude reminder that we had better keep up our trail outings lest we lose whatever we've gained over the years.

This time we completed the loop including the outermost You Walk Miwok Trail, which means we've hiked them all.

We found more people on the trails this time around and most seemed to have dogs, all well behaved.  At the winery near the park trailhead there were enough dog owners to create an impromptu a dog social.

Unlike our first visit to the park, we had plenty of time to look through the winery museum on the site and take in a wine tasting of 5 varietals from grapes grown here on the grounds and elsewhere in Sonoma County.  We ended up buying a bottle and even picked up a longhorn decantor that reminded us of our time back in Texas.



Log Photos
Stairs
Redwoods
Sonoma Valley
Shortcut Trail
Coppertone on the trail
Recommended Item
Recommended Item Day Hikes Around Sonoma County: 125 Great Hikes
Robert Stone
List Price: $21.95 Your price: $13.82 Buy Now
Sonoma County is 35 miles north of San Francisco on the Pacific coast. This California county is known for its wineries and a magnificent natural landscape--a picturesque mix of rugged coastline, steep cliffs, forested hillsides, and verdant agricultural valleys. The cities, towns, and villages are as diverse as the geography. Interspersed throughout the landscape are thousands of acres of undeveloped parklands, forests, and open space.

Day Hikes Around Sonoma County is a collection of 125 of the county's best day hikes, providing access to both well-known and out-of-the-way greenspace. Hikes are found along the Pacific Ocean, across the coastal ridges, into wide valleys, and through thick forests. A third of the hikes are located along the coastline, accessed by Highway 1, which connects the coastal towns as it snakes along the oceanfront cliffs and bluffs. Many coastal access points that are not easily recognized from Highway 1 are clearly described. The remaining hikes explore the inland mountains, hillsides, and valleys through numerous state parks, regional parks, and undeveloped land. Highlights include fog-shrouded redwood forests, creekside canyons, wildlife sanctuaries, lakes, tidal bays, wave-pounded coastline, and sweeping panoramic views. A wide range of hikes accommodates amateur to avid hikers, from beachfront strolls to canyon treks. Straight-forward directions and clear maps accompany all hikes. A thorough index includes cities, trails, and points of interest.