Tuesday, October 1, 2013

60 Hikes in 60 Miles in 60 Weeks: Week Five
Jack London State Park

Big old black oaks on Sonoma Ridge Trail at Jack London State Park. They were bare in March when I took this photo, but should have colorful orange leaves this month.
What's it like:
Almost 11 miles out and back through woods and a bit of grassland on Sonoma Mountain.

Why now:
Autumn in wine county is enchanting! Enjoy crisp weather and admire colorful foliage on bigleaf maples, black oaks, and grape vines.

Can't make it this week:
This hike is lovely in late winter and early spring.

Insider tip:
On October 6th the park will be hosting a celebration honoring Jack's Oak -- you might choose that day for a visit or not, depending on your tolerance for crowds.

Jack London State Park is hike 4 in 60 Hikes in 60 Miles: San Francisco (third edition). Read about this hike on BAHiker.

Alternate choice:
Los Trancos Open Space Preserve. Enjoy an easy, mostly shaded 3 mile loop through this Santa Cruz Mountains preserve. Grab a brochure at the trailhead to follow the interpretive earthquake tour.

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