The historic, picturesque town of Sonoma is located in the heart of the beautiful Wine Country between Napa and Santa Rosa off Highway 12. Situated around a central plaza (the largest of its kind in California) filled with charming shops and restaurants, the city is home to Sonoma State Historic Parksite of the northernmost Franciscan Mission in California and birthplace of the California State Bear Flag. Unlike most parks with a single plot of land and a continuous boundary, Sonoma State Historic Park is a scattering of historical attractions consisting of six midtown locations near Sonoma's Plaza. They are: Mission San Francisco Solano, the Blue Wing Inn, Sonoma Barracks, the Toscano Hotel, the Servants Quarters (the remains of La Casa Grande) and Vallejo's Home. Vallejo's Home is also called Lachryma Montis, and is less than a mile west of the Plaza. It was the estate of General Mariano Guadalupe Vallejo, Military Commander and Director of Colonization of the Northern Frontier.

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28 days ago

This is one of the first hiking spots I went on once I moved to California. I love it !! it's great for beginners and experts alike.

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3 months ago

Really nice hike. A bit rocky to be rated as easy. We encountered probably ten deer, none of them seemed to care that we were there.

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4 months ago

Great little hike with some nice views! Went mid-morning during the week and only saw a handful of other people.

Short, easy hike with a great view at the top. Enjoy.

It's a bike path, very low key.

Close to home and town, gets a bit crowded for passing at times but very enjoyable. Great views and lots of gorgeous plants, rocks and critters.

Friday, March 31, 2017

I hike this along with Montini two to three times a week . I love it every time I do it and that's why I keep doing it. Also do not hike out of bounds at the very top. As tempting as it may be do not do it especially during the summer time. It is rattlesnakes central up there. Just a heads up in case someone wants to hike out of bounds.

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Monday, February 27, 2017

Decent exercise... views are delivered either at the beginning (stunning cemetery near the base) or at the end (overview of the town of Sonoma). Easy enough for kids. Overall is a bit difficult to get lost in the moment of "communing with nature" because the high amount of hiker traffic and the numerous man-made artifacts in the path and on the views (water tanks, etc).

Thursday, September 22, 2016

This was my first hike in 20 years. I'm pretty out of shape so this was pretty challenging for me but I loved it. I manged to make it to the Upper Loop in about 45 minutes. Can't wait to go again the next time I'm in the area.

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Friday, April 29, 2016

Dope! Been a special place for years. Keep it under your hat because you know how it goes..

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Thursday, April 07, 2016

I rated this a 5 because 1) I'm local and think it's great since it is located nearly in the heart of town and is easily accessible from the Plaza 2) it's clean and the people who hike it regularly take care of it; there's also a journal at the top to jot down thoughts, impressions, etc. and 3) it's attached to the Montini trail that heads west so you can actually get a few good miles of hike/trail run in if you hike up Overlook, head down partway and then take the other trail at the fork where one of the stone benches is. If you head west into Montini, you can go all over those trails to get a good run since the pathways are less rocky than the Overlook side and less travelled as well.

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Monday, February 15, 2016

Beautiful day and perfect length of a hike!

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Sunday, January 24, 2016

Great hike right in the heart of downtown sonoma. Bring a bottle if stellar wine with you, or do a tasting at Roche after. One of the only hikes I've been on and have not had to haul trash from non-leave no tracers. Tldr; beautiful clean hike in the heart of wine country CA.

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Sunday, May 24, 2015

Nice easy hike with a view at the end

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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Nice short hike with a great "overlook" reward of Sonoma at the top, complete with a site map of what you're seeing in the valley. Not difficult.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

this was great morning hike. i went with a small group along with a friend of mine. it was a beautiful sunny morning 3 mile out and back hike. it offers great view of the sonoma valley.

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Sunday, March 23, 2014

Great hike. Not too sunny. Saw 3 deer and 2 snakes. I really enjoyed this hike.

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Saturday, January 04, 2014

Great morning or afternoon hike. Doesn't take too long, and has some of the best Sonoma valley views. No dogs :(

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Monday, March 25, 2013

Beautiful view of Sonoma, easy hike. Well maintained.

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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Nice easy trail with fantastic 180 deg view of Sonoma.

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