Hours: 7 a.m. - sunset

Cool trail with the dogs

Great short walk with pups! Pretty lake. Easy parking ($7).

Great place to take the dogs for a walk/swim. Easy walk around the reservoir.

Great for families. Mostly flat, not difficult at all but probably wouldn’t bring a stroller for this trail. Babywearing worked for us!

Easy, beautiful, peaceful. As for all good photo ops, go early or late.

Relatively easy hike. Even the 5year old handled it, albeit with some whining. The back end of the lake is by far the prettiest.

trail running
Saturday, December 30, 2017

Great place for a run. A little bit of elevation change, but nothing to difficult. Path is dirt and about 10 feet wide. Can get muddy and slippery is some areas. Great Lake views. Parking was easy, but cost is $7.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

I would rate it easy rather than moderate. It's pretty much flat. Even during the week you will always find other hikers enjoying the loop around the lake.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

This trail is more an easy than moderate. It's pretty flat and plenty of places to stop for a view.

Love how quiet it is. Easy hike

trail running
Wednesday, September 27, 2017

This is my favorite place to run. It's beautiful and quiet. I like it most because you're never alone out here but it's never too busy so you can enjoy the quiet serenity of this place.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Nice quiet walking trails. Saw no wildlife other than a couple of small birds. The lower lake trail was partially flooded, so I let Max off the leash to negotiate the boulders... figured he would be more sure-footed without it. Note that there's a $7 parking fee.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

I enjoyed this trail alot, lots of benches with sweet inspirational quotes. I also liked that it's easily accessible for people on wheel chairs/strollers. Lots of bbq space for large groups. Cool fishing spots. Loved it!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

$7 parking. great place to take your dogs for a walk

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

It's a great place to walk my dog.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Nice flat trail with a breeze and lake effect cooling.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Parking is $7 & there aren't roadside parking alternatives. An annual parking pass is available for this & other Sonoma County Regional Parks from that agency.

Monday, March 21, 2016

The end of the loop trail is impassable in years of heavy rain because of flooding from the Russian River. You have a choice of an out & back on either arm of the trail. Both arms offer side trails down to the lake frequently used by people fishing there. Crowded on weekends & holidays. At the end of the stem trail from the parking lot to Lake Benoist, turn left for a walk with more scenic views & redwoods, & CA Bay trees on the uphill side. There is a Great Blue Heron rookery there at the right time of year. If, instead, you turn right at the fork you will walk between the lake & the Russian River. This sunnier side offers side trails down to shaded spots along the river. WARNING: Highly recommend you tuck your pants into your socks here, especially on this side, during tick season. Most ticks I've encountered on the main trails of this park are not the species that carries Lyme Disease. A less traveled short trail goes up & over the hillside from the stem trail and loops back to the small redwood grove beside the parking lot. The slope up the trail from the stem is steep. It is easier to start at the redwood grove, but the trailhead may be harder to find there your first time. The grove itself is a cool summer respite. Many nice picnic table areas, but expect crowds & the noise of a volleyball game on weekends & holidays. Dogs are permitted on leash at this & most other Sonoma County Regional Parks, in contrast to the dog unfriendly state parks in the area.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Easy loop around the lake- very peaceful and serene!

2 months ago

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