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Outings Styles

Explore

General naturalist hikes that provide an opportunity to enjoy the scenery on protected lands.

Discover

Outings with experts on special topics that allow time for in-depth hands-on learning in the field.

Experience

Activities designed to increase observational skills and use of the senses in getting to know the landscape.

Level Ratings

  1. Mostly flat with well-maintained trails
  2. Some inclines with good trails or mostly flat with less developed trails
  3. Some steep inclines and/or no trails
  4. Steep routes with questionable trails and fearless hike leaders

 

On the Land Public Outings

Geology and Spring Flowers at Sears Point Ranch
Sunday, April 6, 10am-2pm
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Sears PointJoin geologists James Allen and Loren Raymond for a hike on the uplands to discover the underlying geology of Sears Point. James Allen mapped this area as part of his master’s thesis, and Loren Raymond recently discovered a fossil on the property. Learn about the land while enjoying scenic views and spring wildflowers as we walk approximately three miles across the hilly grasslands, stopping midway for a picnic lunch.
Discover, Level 2

Serpentine Wildflowers at Jenner Headlands Preserve with Peter Warner
Saturday, April 26, 10am-3pm
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Jenner Headlands
Join Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy for a hike with botanist Peter Warner to explore the wildflowers at Jenner Headlands! We’ll ascend the rolling coastal grasslands of this exquisite coastal property to reach the serpentinite uplands and adjacent Jenner Gulch for a day exploring grassland and forest plant diversity. Be prepared to hike several miles on cow paths over steep terrain.
Discover, Level 4

Wildflowers and Watersheds at Tolay Creek Ranch
Sunday, April 27, 10am-2pm
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Tolay CreekPicnic in the scenic serpentine wildflower fields and meander along Tolay Creek with stewardship director Bob Neale. Witness the results of our collaborative efforts with community groups, volunteers and schoolchildren to restore the watershed by repairing stream banks and planting native trees and shrubs. Enjoy the scenic views and perspective across the upper reaches of San Pablo Bay.
Discover, Level 3

Tolay Lake to Tolay Creek with Sonoma County Regional Parks
Saturday, May 10, 10am-3pm
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Tolay Ranch
Join Sonoma County Regional Parks and Sonoma Land Trust for a hike from Tolay Lake Regional Park to Tolay Creek Ranch and back. We will hike along the west ridge of Tolay Lake Regional Park and continue on to the serpentine meadows at Tolay Creek Ranch property, where we will stop for a picnic lunch and enjoy the breathtaking views. Total distance is approximately 5 miles. The guided hike will be followed by an optional, free one-hour orientation for the Tolay IP Day Use Permit beginning at 3:30pm.
Explore, Level 4

Explore Wildflowers and Views at Jenner Headlands
Saturday, May 10, 10am-3pm
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JennerGrab a hand lens and your favorite field guide, and come out and explore the wildflowers at Jenner Headlands! This spring hike will take a look at the topographical and vegetational diversity in the coastal prairie, with a visit to the serpentine wildflowers present in the Jean Schulz Wildflower Meadow. This strenuous 4.5-mile roundtrip hike will ascend more than 800 feet in elevation and include dazzling views of the Sonoma Coast (on clear days!)
Explore, Level 4

Wildflowers with Peter Warner at Little Black Mountain
Sunday, May 11, 10am-3pm
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Little Black MountainThe clear skies of spring present a spectacular time to get up to the higher elevations and look out across the landscape. Join botanist Peter Warner on a journey through a mixed conifer and hardwood forest, crossing a natural spring and some open meadows where spring wildflowers take advantage of the exposure to the sun. We will conclude the day with a hike up to the Lone Antler Overlook for views of Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo, Sonoma Mountain, Mt. St. Helena and beyond.
Discover, Level 3

Explore Wildflowers and Views at Jenner Headlands
Saturday, May 17, 10am-3pm
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Jenner Wildflowers
Grab a hand lens and your favorite field guide, and come out and explore the wildflowers at Jenner Headlands! This spring hike will take a look at the topographical and vegetational diversity in the coastal prairie, with a visit to the serpentine wildflowers present in the Jean Schulz Wildflower Meadow. This strenuous 4.5-mile roundtrip hike will ascend more than 800 feet in elevation and include dazzling views of the Sonoma Coast (on clear days!)
Explore, Level 4

Redwood Forest and Coastal Prairie Ecology at Jenner Headlands
Saturday, June 14, 10am-3pm

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Saturday, June 28, 10am-3pm
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Jenner RedwoodsHike the redwood forest and coastal prairie with project manager Brook Edwards and learn about how the Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy are caring for these important ecosystems. Ecologically-sound management practices are the key to our long-term goal of bringing back the big trees, restoring the native forest and maintaining the coastal prairie. Redwood ecology, native plants and animals, and cattle grazing are all topics of discussion on this guided hike.
Discover, Level 4
Learn about redwood forest ecology and how the Sonoma Land Trust and The Wildlands Conservancy plan to care for the Jenner Headland’s 3,100 acres of forest, now and into the future. Meet project manager Brook Edwards who will share information about redwood ecology, the plants and animals found among the trees, and how to manage the land for a healthy forest. Ecologically sound management practices are the key to our long-term goal of bringing back the big trees and restoring the native forest.
Discover, Level 4


Email us at outings@sonomalandtrust.org or call 707.526.6930 ext. 114 for more information.

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  • Access to diverse and beautiful properties
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  • quarterly announcements of upcoming members-only hikes
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  • annual holiday open house and other special events
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