Regional Parks Newsletter
January 2019
Panorama Trail at Helen Putnam Regional Park 
Eight Great Hikes for a Sonoma County Winter
One of the best things about living in Sonoma County is the moderate weather. Even our rainiest weeks are punctuated by days of sunshine, which means hiking in Sonoma County can be a year-round pleasure. From Petaluma to Windsor and the Sonoma Valley to the Sonoma Coast, here are some of our favorite winter hikes.

Hiking in the Rain? We Have Trails for That Too
Rainy day hikers at Spring Lake
Wet-weather hikes aren't for everyone, but they do appeal to some of us. If you're heading out on a soggy day, we have a number of paved trails for steadier footing. Spring Lake, Cloverdale, Bird Walk Coastal Access, West County Trail, Santa Rosa Creek Trail, Gualala Point, Laguna Trail and Sonoma Valley all have solid-surface paths that make rainy day hikes a little easier. 

A New Year, A New Running Routine
Did you resolve to make that running routine a reality in 2019? So did we! Join us this month for two new trail running series: Beginning Trail Running starts Jan. 12 at Foothill Regional Park in Windsor. Intermediate Trail Running begins Jan. 19 at Helen Putnam Regional Park in Petaluma. Both are free and are happening rain or shine.  

Pump Track, Pickleball Planned for Maxwell Farms 
Maxwell Farms Regional Park
After several years of study and public feedback, we've drafted a plan to improve Maxwell Farms Regional Park in Sonoma by adding our first bicycle pump track and pickleball courts. We also envision a new playground and off-leash dog area, renovated sports fields and walking trails, and other upgrades. An environmental study of the park's master plan update is available for review through early February.

Broaden Your Laguna Perspective
Colgan Creek Trail in southwest Santa Rosa
How are city waterways connected to the Laguna de Santa Rosa? Find out by joining us and our partners at the city of Santa Rosa and the Laguna Foundation for a "Laguna Watershed Perspectives" walk Jan. 13 on the Colgan Creek Trail. Rain or shine, w e'll observe plant and animal life along the urban fringe and learn about creek stewardship on this 3-mile outing.

Volunteers Battle Ice Plant at Doran Marsh
Ice plant piles/Press Democrat
Ice plant might seem like a pretty coastal groundcover, but it's actually a fast-spreading, non-native species that imperils local habitat. We owe a huge thank you to California Native Plant Society volunteers, whose hard work clearing the plant from the Bird Walk Coastal Access Trail is featured in this Press Democrat article

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Join Us For a Day of Service on MLK Day
Make Martin Luther King Jr. Day more than just a day off by joining us for a volunteer project Jan. 21 at Hood Mountain. We'll pull French broom from the Lower Johnson Ridge Trail and would love some extra hands. Broom, pictured above, is another harmful invasive that chokes out native species and can be highly flammable. 

January Activities