Explore the most popular Running trails in Lake Sonoma Recreation Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail but have to rely on the map in the App to make sure not to step onto another trail that goes further. Also, not a quiet hike. Too many boats nearby

Great Trail! 25% shade. At mile 2.8 go right instead of left and you can fill up on water by the picnic tables. At mile 5.4 you can go down the road and go swimming! Great work out. Saw some deer.

lots of boat noise on the weekends

hiking
27 days ago

Trail was a little confusing at first as others have mentioned. Relied on the AllTrails map to make sure I wasn’t going down an animal trail instead of the actual trail. Well-maintained otherwise and lots of options to shorten or extend the hike. The trail crosses over the road around the half way point with a chance to use the Port-a-potty which is nice!

hiking
1 month ago

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.

running
1 month 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!

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 :)

hiking
3 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.

hiking
muddy
6 months ago

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

hiking
10 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.

hiking
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.

hiking
Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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

backpacking
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.

running
Saturday, December 30, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, November 15, 2017

great views and nice trail for all levels

backpacking
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.

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Well worth it.

hiking
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

hiking
Friday, September 01, 2017

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

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