Crane Creek Regional Park

3.50 Miles
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3stars (3.00)
5000 Pressley Rd.
Santa Rosa
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Nestled in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain to the east of Rohnert Park, Crane Creek Regional Park sits amongst gently rolling hills.

Most of the terrain is rolling grassland with clusters of oaks sprinkled about the area and lining creek beds.

No segment of trail in the park seems more than about a half mile long. Given the many interconnecting trails it's still possible to get in some mileage without too much repetition by planning a couple of loops that will cover much of the park terrain. Navigating the trails is easy given the park's excellent trail markers that dot each official trail intersection.

Towards Santa Rosa
Another view from the Sunset Overlook, this time towards Santa Rosa. On the other side of the mountains near the center lies Bennett Valley. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
What Sonoma County hike would be complete without some vineyards on the hillsides? (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Dry grassland
A typical view of the trail inside the park. Grassland is punctuated by groups of oaks and other trees. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Sunset Overlook
Looking west from the top of Sunset Overlook in the direction of Rohnert Park. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
Trail View
Crane Creek Regional Park's trails range over rolling foothills on mostly open grassland. (Photo by Austin Explorer)
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