Sonoma Activity Group

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User: Austin Explorer - 9/2/2016

Location: Sonoma Valley Regional Park

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 3stars  Solitude: 3stars
Miles Hiked: 2.37 Miles  Elapsed Time: 50 minutes

Comments:

Headed out for a hike around the lake with the Sonoma Activity Group once again.  This time the entire group opted for the slightly shorter route that hugged Suttenfield Lake instead of taking the slightly longer detour with the steeper climb.

Unlike previous outings we saw no one else on the trail, so there's a bit of a bump in solitude.

The water in the lake is getting noticeably lower than the last time we were out here.



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