Getting a hike/walk in after days of rain

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Hiking along the Valley of the Moon Trail.
User: Austin Explorer - 12/27/2021

Location: Sonoma Valley Regional Park

Rating: 3stars
Difficulty: 1star  Solitude: 2stars
Miles Hiked: 2.67 Miles  Elapsed Time: 56 minutes


Coppertone and I were anxious to get outside and stretch our legs after days of rain in the Bay Area.  Because everything was so damp we opted for a paved path at Sonoma Valley Regional Park.  We did a simple out and back along the Valley of the Moon Trail, which bisects the park between Highway 12 and Arnold Drive.

I'm not sure we'd been to the park when it was so green and lush.  All of the recent rains have made everything green.  In addition to Black Canyon Creek that parallels the trail the park seemed appointed with countless other smaller streams, many of which we had not noticed before.  All of them adding to the ample flow of Black Canyon before it empties into the larger Sonoma Creek.

Near the turnaround point of our hike we could hear the water in Sonoma Creek crashing through some rapids.  It made quite the racket.  By the time the creek got closer to Arnold it quited down quite a bit though the flow was impressive.

In the end we logged less than 3 miles of easy going walking but it felt really good to get outside.

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