You, the hardy outdoors woman or man, aren’t afraid of a little moisture. So what if your shoes get a little muddy? So what if you slip slide on the trails?
Don’t let something so rare and precious (in these parts) as rain deter you from your appointed rounds on the trail. That’s what Gore-Tex is for, anyway.
So, from the annals of “Fresh Tracks,” our monthly hike/trail run feature, here’s a great trail to explore this weekend.
Your Weekend Hike: Annadel State Park in Santa Rosa.
The Distance: 7 miles
The Directions: Take Interstate 80 to the Highway 12 exit at signs for Napa/Sonoma. Continue on Highway 12 past Sonoma for approximately 15 miles. Turn left on Melita Road, which turns into Montgomery Drive. Make a left at Channel Drive and park in the gravel lot next to the sign for the Cobblestone Trailhead.
The Highlights: The Cobblestone Trail, once a quarry whose stones paved the streets of San Francisco and Sacramento... canopies of live oak and eucalyptus trees ... a ring around Lake Ilsanjo.
The Route: From the Cobblestone trailhead, go 1.2 miles uphill and make a left on the Orchard Trail. At 2.3 miles, turn left onto the Rough Go Trail. When the Rough Go Trail ends at 3.2 miles, veer right onto the Lake Trail. Follow that trail for nearly a mile on well-groomed dirt roads around Lake Ilsanjo before turning right onto the Warren Richardson Trail. Stay on the Richardson Trail, heading uphill beyond the South Burma Trail. At 4.5 miles, make a left downhill on the North Burma Trail. Follow the single-track North Burma for 1.5 miles until you reach the junction with Channel Trail and Channel Drive. Turn left and go about 1 mile back to the Cobblestone Trailhead.
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