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.