Montini Open Space Preserve

2.50 Miles
4stars (4.00)2
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3stars (3.00)
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The Montini Open Space Reserve is a recent addition to the list of parks and preserves in Sonoma County.

The trail is occasionally rocky, but typically consists of packed dirt. Patches of trees provide cover, but the open grassland also ensures that the hiker is provided with views over Sonoma. From some points one can even make out the the northernmost waters of San Francisco Bay.

Easy connection with the Sonoma Bike Path is possible at the trailhead located at the Sonoma Police Station.

Open spaces
Montini Preserve has several open patches that afford longer views, either to the city, San Pablo Bay or the next ridge and stand of trees. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
City of Sonoma
Looking out over the City of Sonoma and some trail hikers downhill. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Red Quarry
A large quantity of loose rocks at the old Red Quarry site lend themselves to the building up of rock cairns. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Trail View
Looking back on the Spotted Fawn Trail. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Sonoma Valley and beyond
One of the many vistas over the City of Sonoma along the trail. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Two Goat Point
The view from Two Goat Point overlooking Sonoma Valley. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Going Up
The trail was a bit steep in places. Carefully laid stone stairs helped. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Both deciduous and evergreen trees can be found along the trail. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Trail View
The trails of the Montini Open Space Preserve near the 4th Street trailhead. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Log Entries
Sonoma Trifecta Complete
By Austin Explorer on 3/8/2020
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.06 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 8 minutes

In doing this hike Coppertone and I completed a Sonoma Trifecta of three of the best hikes in Sonoma, CA.  Hikes at Bartholomew Park and Sonoma Overlook preceded this one.

We parked at the Field of Dreams parking lot adjacent to the Sonoma Police Station.  We took the Spotted Fawn Trail uphill before it joined up with the Valley of the Moon Trail leading up to Two Goat Point.

We had only been here once before and it was something of a revelation since we could more easily compare and contrast it with other trails in the area since we'd just hiked them as well.  Montini doesn't get nearly the same amount of mindshare as the adjacent Sonoma Overlook, but maybe it should.  The trails are well maintained and some of the views to be found along its length compare quite favorably.

Bartholomew Park's trails are a bit more difficult and the tree cover, despite the recent fires, is more dense.  Montini boasts ample patches of trees, typically oaks.  But it also boasts numerous pocket prairies that provide openings for far seeing vistas.  Sonoma, Sonoma Valley, San Pablo Bay and beyond can be spied on clear days.

We spent a bit of time building up rock cairns at the Red Quarry site.  Such a pastime seems to have been popular with other trail users in the past as well.

As we try to do more frequent trails outings closer to home we'll make sure to keep Montini in mind.

Open space adjacent to General Vallejo Home
By Austin Explorer on 1/18/2015
Rating: 4stars Difficulty: 3stars Solitude: 3stars
Distance: 2.58 Miles Duration: 1 hour, 25 minutes

The set of trails here have not been open to the public for that long.  Though the nearby Sonoma Overlook Trail has some better views of the town of Sonoma, there are plenty of vistas to enjoy.

Once we mapped out the spur to the Sonoma Police Station we walked back to the car via the Sonoma Bike Path so we could get to our next adventure.