The new 820-acre North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve offers nature lovers the first public access on the mountain’s north slope, with miles of trails and sweeping views. Located about three miles up Sonoma Mountain Road from Bennett Valley Road, the new park lies next to Jack London State Historic Park in Glen Ellen, giving open access to trails across both properties.
The North Sonoma Mountain park opened in February 2015, the result of 12 years of property acquisition and planning by Sonoma County Open Agricultural Preserve and Open Space District and its nonprofit partners. The district paid about $20 million for five of the six sites that are now North Sonoma Mountain park, starting with the purchase of the 169-acre Jacobs Ranch in 2003. The ranch is now the park’s entrance.
The North Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail (3.8 miles one way) begins in the ferns and redwoods on the south fork of Matanzas Creek. It climbs to about 2,000 feet elevation, and connects to the western boundary of Jack London Park. The new park also includes a wheelchair-accessible vista point above the park entrance, and the Umbrella Tree Trail, a .75-mile trail to a lone bay tree and a picnic spot with views. (Note: the park does not yet have a drinking fountain, so bring water.)
5297 Sonoma Mountain Road, Santa Rosa • 707-789-9644 •parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov