New East Slope Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail
New Sonoma County trails are popping up like wildflowers in April these days — and they’re not only beautiful, but forging new territory to boot.
In early February I wrote about two new trails: North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve (known simply as the North Slope Trail) and the Kawana Terrace Trailhead at Taylor Mountain Regional Park).
Today we’ll look at the new 1.2-mile East Slope Sonoma Mountain Ridge Trail — the East Slope Trail for short. It officially opens on March 14 with a ribbon cutting ceremony and a public hike (see below for details).
The East Slope Trail is part of the Bay Area Ridge Trail, a planned 550-mile, multi-use trail that will, when complete, run along hill and mountain ridgelines encircling the San Francisco Bay Area, connecting more than 75 parks and open spaces in the process. At this writing, more than 350 miles of the trail have been completed and are in use, so what was once a crazy dream is fast becoming a wonderful reality.
The East Slope Trail connects to two other completed and contiguous segments of Sonoma County’s Ridge Trail: the North Slope Trail and the existing Ridge Trail in Jack London State Historic Park.
Official East Slope Trail Opening
Hikers, cyclists, equestrians and all interested others are invited to the free community celebration and ribbon cutting on Saturday, March 14. Here’s what you need to know:
- The official ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. in the winery ruins of Beauty Ranch in Jack London SHP, 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen.
- A 13-mile round-trip Jack London/East Slope hike begins at noon from the Ranch parking lot. If you don’t want to hike the entire way, no problem: Numerous turnaround points along the way make it easy to return to the starting point.
- Bring your own water, hiking poles, lunch, and binoculars. Dress in layers and wear sturdy shoes meant for the trail.
- For more info, visit www.jacklondonpark.com
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