Looking for a great trail near Petaluma, California? AllTrails has 8 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking 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. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Tamalpais State Park or Sonoma Coast State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Helen Putnam Regional Park or Shollenberger Park. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 6 easy trails in Petaluma ranging from 1.5 to 4.2 miles and from 9 to 554 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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bugs
over grown
2 months ago

Really pretty to look at the water throughout your walk. The terrain is very flat. Biggest detractor is that the long grasses are a breeding ground for ticks. Picked 3 off my dogs and one off me.

Convenient. Parking is located behind Sheraton.

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bugs
2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail very clean going to bring my bike next time

Overall, a nice, easy walk with great pastoral scenery and view of the bay. Would love to go back in the spring, though, as it was a little brutal in the heat of summer- dry, little shade, and a lot of flies.

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bugs
4 months ago

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no shade
4 months ago

Super beautiful trail!! It ended up being 2.5 miles long and I ran two of those miles. A lot of up and down hill throughout made it a fun challenge! There’s patches of shade/trees in some parts then big open spaces in other parts. Ran into a few wildflower viewings and not too many people. The views from the climb up are worth it! There’s benches you can stop and observe the view along the way. This trail is kind of a mix of all the trails around the park and you can choose to cut it short or take the route all the way through. Over all I would happily do this again for a quick rigorous cardio work out!

nice easy trail. great veiws

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no shade
5 months ago

Totally flat, birdwatcher's paradise. Stroller-friendly. Great for a morning walk or run. Some paved sections and some smooth gravel on the southern end of the trail. Lots of wetlands, but trail is dry unless there has been substantial recent rain.

The Helen Putnam outer loop is a beautiful Sonoma County classic, mostly forested to the north, but with some exposed sections to the south. Wind can be an issue on the exposed hillsides, but not usually, and if you get in some wind, you can duck into the forest on a more sheltered trail. If you are allergic to poison oak, watch out! It's everywhere here.

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.

no shade
6 months ago

No way should this hike be rated "easy." The full Outer Loop starts off easy on paved trail (ccw direction) and then get steep up, then about half way you take a dirt trail (and without GPS map the dirt trail is ez to miss). Many sections of trail are unshaded, so if hot day make sure to have hat and sunscreen. Final quarter mile is steep downhill on dirt trail, and is not "easy."

My friend and I took our pups there and with in twenty minutes of entering they were both basically covered in ticks ! As were we when I got home I found one on my head and my leg! I wouldn’t be too upset about all the bush if the hike was at least pretty, but it’s not there’s cow and horse poop everywhere so you have to literally jump over huge piles and its a short trail with not much to see just dry grass and poo and ticks

running
7 months ago

Lovely flat trail run, able to adjust mileage by extending a couple loops. Lots of gnats but worth it for the beautiful river/pond views! Plenty of free parking. Nice at sunset- no coverage so could be hot one on a sunny day.

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no shade
7 months ago

Great walk/run for anyone just wanting some level ground to trek on. Parking at the east side of the Sheraton Hotel parking lot puts you right at the West trail head of Shollenberger park leading you alongside the Petaluma river. After that you are greeted with birds, bugs and wide open landscape views of the Petaluma valley.

Nice easy walk, for the most part. There is a stretch that you need good ankle support for - lots of cow trail all torn up — and an area with a swarm of horse flies. Over all a really lovely park.

running
7 months ago

Great trail for a short 1-2 hour hike with the family. Very busy and plenty of opportunities for sitting on a bench and enjoying the view. Be alert of poison oak and ticks.

Lovely, quiet, flat walk with lots of birds. Some muddy spots and some trails closed due to flooding. Overall a beautiful spot.

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muddy
9 months ago

I loved the views as well as the winding trails leading up the mountain.

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.

Nice easy hiking with pretty views. On a clear day the views must be far reaching.

Loved this hike. We are new so it was easy and fun. Muddy, but it’s winter and only a week after flooding rains. Lots of cows and birds to see and cool barns in the parking area. Saw walkers, kids, dogs on leashes, and even some horses were coming to the trail as we were headed out of the lot. Pay no attention to the climb on my recording (the last .3 miles). I forgot to stop the recording before we left the lot.

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