Not so hidden gem

Overlook
Looking north into Petaluma.
User: Austin Explorer - 8/21/2016

Location: Helen Putnam Regional Park

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 3stars
Miles Hiked: 7.82 Miles  Elapsed Time: 4 hours, 1 minute

Comments:

This was just another regional park to mark off the list for Coppertone and me, but this park turned out to be better than expected. Lots of interconnected trail segments make for lots of hiking options. A large number of rogue trails can be confusing at times, particularly when a couple of the trails on the official park map closely resemble rogues.

There are picnic tables and benches sprinkled throughout the park. Some of them situated at the many spots that feature a view over Petaluma or the surrounding countryside.

The residents of Petaluma seem to know all about the park as it was difficult to find much solitude later in the morning.

We happened to run into a friend from the Sonoma Activity Group near the end of our hike. It was the first time visiting for all of us. Probably not the last.



Log Photos
Overlook
Coppertone on the trail
View
Petaluma
Patterns
Headed for the hills
Panorama Trail
Ascending
Fish Pond
Panorama Slope
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