Helen Putnam Inner Loop is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Petaluma, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length1.5 miElevation gain259 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashHikingHorseback ridingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningPartially pavedViewsWildflowersWildlifeNo shade
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Edgar Mejia
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It was good..

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hannah kight
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Great option for being so close to Petaluma. An initially step climb, nice views once you're at the top. Great option for bringing dogs.

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Jib Bullian
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Nice trail but the last part was very steep.

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Paula Lecht
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Carina Mora
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Good easy loop beautiful view of the Petaluma Hills

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Digner Rivas
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Really nice trail for beginners!

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Kyle Subido
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HikingFee

Well worth the $7 parking fee. Support your local parks

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Christopher Lin
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Pretty easy but scenic

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Marcus Moore
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Instagram pics @marcomoore A great Petaluma area classic. I think by "inner loop" they mean the trail that follows the ridge of the highest hill in Helen Putnam. The views of western Sonoma County are great, some of the best in the area of rolling hills, farms, and grasslands. There are lots of little side trails and options. If the steep hill above the bathrooms is too much for you, go around the long way (South) for less of an incline. Watch out for poison oak.

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Daniel Potapshyn
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Brenda Gustin
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I loved the views as well as the winding trails leading up the mountain.

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Shekinah Morrison
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Solid three stars. Close to town. Connecting trails and loops. Not very much elevation change overall but there is a steep part with a nice bench at the top of the incline. Good for a family walk.

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Sara Charbonnier
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This is a decent walking place if you are a local. I would really give it 3.5 stars and even 4 at some points but although there are hills etc. I don’t really consider it a hike per say. I would def choose it over Schollenberger. You can walk your dogs there too which is cool.

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Tom Banuet
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I think this a great hike if you're short on time or just getting into hiking! it's not too difficult and offers some pretty awesome views of Petaluma facing east and sprawling hills and vineyards facing west. It's also located close to town. the trails are marked nicely and easy to navigate as well!

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Yvette Cabrera
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Mitch Halstenson
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Mitch Halstenson
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C Montoya
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Ford Shacklett
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Mike Wasden
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Jessica Yih
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Austin Herrick
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Dayna G
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Jesse Fredericks
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Aylin Erden
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Aleesha Bonham
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K Smith
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Aleesha Bonham
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Jason Turcios
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