Looking for a great trail in Lake Sonoma Recreation Area, California? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 11 moderate trails in Lake Sonoma Recreation Area ranging from 3.2 to 9.6 miles and from 505 to 1,217 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!



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horseback riding
3 days ago

I enjoyed riding this trail. It's not too difficult and took about two hours. Mostly shady although it's still a good idea to ride early on hot days. Nice view of the lake from a distance and up close. The trail dead ends in a little cove. I dismounted the last bit because it's steep and slippery. Lots of flies today so be sure to use spray repellent or fly masks.

In reality the trail is about 6.3 miles long. We spent about 3.5 hours out there including a dip in the lake and took our friend’s dog. the first part of the hike was VERY warm without a lot of tree cover and 90* out. We went right at the trailhead to get the lake on towards the end of the hike. Very nice trail with great signage and super engaging.

Beautiful trail, and you can make a slight detour to go swimming at Madrone Point - definitely worthwhile.

trail running
20 days ago

Beautiful trail for hiking or trail running. A good amount of tree cover with fun single track and good amount of fire road which I did not mind since it's snake season. Easy access and scenic lake views. Passes through variety of foliage to include oaks (some poison), redwoods, and madrone. Not technical or extreme ups or downs but solid workout. I did it counter clockwise but if I do it again, I will try clockwise for both loops. I think will be easier to find trails and keep what I think was the prettiest area for last (but a climb out). Large parking lot and outhouse at trailhead. Bring $5 and pen for fee/ fee envelope. Trailheads for either direction are at the same spot in parking lot- counter clockwise starts on Dry Creek and heads down hill, and clockwise starts on No Name Trail and crosses the road. Note: You'll be on 1/2 Canoe and Outcrop Trails in the middle of the hike. Looking at the All Trails map and seeing the middle top of what looks like a heart on the left loop was confusing and actually on the road for more than it appeared, and could have taken a bit of the blue dash trail instead of back tracking on payment. Hard to explain but might make sense once you're out there. Hope you enjoy it!

1 month ago

A very nice hike down to the lake. Wasn’t too strenuous and no other hikers were around when we went in a Sunday afternoon. Some shade and some exposed areas in the sun. Save your energy for the hike back up to the parking area.

The trail for the most part was in great shape. frequent trees, but parts of the trail were definitely very sunny. I would rate it as moderate, do to the frequent ups and downs of the trail. It was a good workout! Some beautiful views of the lake as you go. There is a point to go down to the lake at around the 3 mile point, as suggested, not the most beautiful spot to swim, but still a nice view :)

2 months ago

Trails in great shape! Nice views. Take a dip in the lake.

Grass was tall and almost covering trail but other than that, nice short walk to cool overlook.

Very hard to follow, not well marked, they also had an Iron man race taking place a d couldn't park at the trail head. So I cold really say since we went less than a mile and turned back. Had some wine at a winery instead

First time on the trail and I like it for a short hike. Not much tree coverage, so in the summer time it will be hot, but you can cool off in the lake about half way through as the trail drops down to the shore. Lots of intersecting trails to explore in this area. I'll be back!

Nice loop hike over 2 separate ridges. Be careful with heavy rain and storm crossings. One near the Lake on cove trail was big.

5 months ago

Terrific trail. Madrone forest, oak woodlands, riparian environment, Red Bellied Newts, electric rainbow, very few people...definitely a regular for us!

9 months ago

Beautiful loop trail, well marked, with ample opportunities for additional loops to extend the hike. Not many people on it! A lot of vinegar weed (Trichostema Lanceolatum), a very pungently aromatic herb used by indigenous populations for medicinal purposes. Easy to access with moderate climbs.

Beautiful trail with great views of the lake and nicely shaded. A little difficult to track the beginning of the trail but doable with using the all trails map and some spotty cell service. There's a great bench spot for a picnic not far from the end overlooking the lake. Bonus that you can bring dogs. Plenty of parking in October though I imagine it can get more crowded in the summer.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

I took this trail in a Saturday pretty private only 1 group of hikers passed me. The first part of the trail is pretty rough lots of loose rocks and loose dirt, kinda like a 4 wheel drive or horseback trail but after the first mile or so it turns into a normal hiking trail. To get to the water it’s an extra mile but when you do get make it to the bottom there are nice picnic tables to relax under, even camping if you wish to.

Friday, July 13, 2018

nice trail.

Beautiful views. Trail not well maintained. We slipped several times due to roughness.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Great hike- lots of pretty views and different surroundings. Madrone forest and meadows. Good work out .

Saturday, April 07, 2018

I was stunned to have the whole place to myself during a week were every hike-in site along the point Reyes seashore was booked up. Here in the pristine live oaks nothing but empty sites as far as the eye can see. I will mention that because of the spring rains the first creek crossing was running a bit high (knee level, I’m 5’5”)

This trail is heavily used by horses. There is a stable and horse rentals at the trail head. The trail is in very bad condition and is rutted, muddy, and unsightly. I don’t recommend it for walking.

trail running
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Great terrain, varied with the up and down hill, and gorgeous throughout! Will definitely be coming back

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

great views and nice trail for all levels

Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Great place to backpack right on the water. Moderate hike with older kids. Note stream crossing about 3/4 miles in. Tables and fire rings at campsites. Bass fishing is productive off the banks. Best to go in fall and early spring to avoid the heat and summer boat-in overnighters.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

Well worth it.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Really liked this hike. Fairly easy to find trail head. Trail in good condition. Most of elevation gain in first few miles. Amazing views. I extended hike at Boar Scat Loop. Had problems finding the trail at the end. Keeping it from a 6 Star - some Horse stuff on trail but not too bad

Friday, September 01, 2017

Longer than I thought but it was a great hike!!!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

Nice route. Remember to buy a parking pass from the visitor center before hiking.

This trail has beautiful wooded forests of madrones, lakefront, climbs to stunning views and wildflowers galore. We'll be back!

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