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

3 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.

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.

nice trail.

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

9 months ago

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

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!

Very beautiful views

mountain biking
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Went there in the summer of 2015. A lot of up hill ridding with Temperatures in the 90s. I thought we would be able to go swimming in the lake from the trail. The shore had thick deep clay which made getting into the water impossible. Not a fun day. Maybe if it wasn't as hot and if California wasn't in a drought things would have been different.

Saturday, September 10, 2016

Nice shirt little hike, good information given along the way about various things. Not many vistas but as I said good little hike.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

My friends and I were looking for a morning hike that was close by to where we live and found Little Flat to Bummer Peak Trail. The trail had beautiful views and for the most part was well maintained. Due to the lack of rain this January the footing was very good, although we wondered how it would be during an average winter, as there were several creeks that you crossed. We were not able to find any information before hand about the details or directions of the trail itself. The trail head (once we found it) did not have a map posted anywhere that we could find. We were able to find a small sign identifying that we had the trail we were looking for. There were several forks in the trail that we guessed at, but as beginning hikers with two of our group at least 75 years old it was not a good feeling. The view from Bummer Peak was beautiful, but we would have felt more confident if there were more specifics about this trail.

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