Sonoma County Trails Challenge Completed!

Trail View
The paved trail as it nears a bridge over Oat Valley Creek.
User: Austin Explorer - 6/30/2019

Location: Cloverdale River Park

Rating: 2stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 3stars
Miles Hiked: 2.32 Miles  Elapsed Time: 52 minutes

Comments:

Coppertone and I completed our 2019 Sonoma County Trails Challenge with this short hike.  We had been here before and the parking in the official parking lot looked nicer than parking along the road at the southern end of the trail.

In the first quarter mile we enjoyed the temporary signage that discussed a children's book about rivers entitled I Know the River Loves Me.  We had a bit of fun hopping like frogs, flapping our arms like butterflies and identifying things that did and did not belong in nature.  Naturely, we saw no one else around when we did these things!

After the hike it was time to go home and fill our our trail log for the challenge.



Log Photos
Trail View
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