A Tale of Two Trails

Valley of the Moon Trail
The main, easy trail is a favorite with families and dog walkers.
User: Austin Explorer - 3/19/2016

Location: Sonoma Valley Regional Park

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 4.68 Miles  Elapsed Time: 2 hours, 41 minutes


With a brief lull in the rains, Coppertone and I made it a point to get outside and log some mileage for the Klondike Challenge.  We didn't expect too much of this park and thought it might be an relatively easy stroll.  We were pleasantly surprised by the rough terrain uphill of the more heavily used main, paved walking path through the center of the park.  This means the park can meet the needs of a variety of walkers and hikers.

The start of spring means more flowers and several varieties were blooming on this day including Irises, California Poppies and Lupine.  The Lupine resemble Texas Bluebonnets, which reminded us of our former home in Central Texas.

We're no experts, but Coppertone saw a butterfly on some of the Lupine that resembled the endangered Mission Blue butterfly.  Pretty cool find if our identification is right.

We spent about half of our time on the main paved trail and half in the rougher uphill terrain.  On a return visit we still have the northern rough trails to map out.

Log Photos
Valley of the Moon Trail
Creek side
Into the rough
Sonoma Mountain
Sutton Lake
Blue Skies, Partly
Hills and Mountains
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