The Sonoma Overlook and Montini Preserve Trails website is a volunteer-based effort to provide information about the trails, projects and programs, and resources such as maps, brochures and documents associated with the land acquisition and development of public hiking trails.

Sonoma Overlook Trail

Sonoma Overlook Trail offers a pleasant 3 mile hike with views of the Sonoma Valley.  The trailhead is at the entrance to the Mountain Cemetery, just a few blocks north of the Sonoma Plaza.

A diverse array of native plants and animals grace the gentle grade trail, and spectacular views of the town of Sonoma, the Sonoma Valley and the Bay Area can be found in the meadow at its top. Docent-led hikes are available for students and adults many weekends. The trail is open to the public for walking during daylight hours.

Sonoma Overlook Trail’s main trailhead is at the entrance to the Mountain Cemetery, off First Street West just four blocks north of the Plaza. The upper trailhead takes off from Toyon Road within the Mountain Cemetery. Dogs, bikes and horses are not permitted on the trail.

Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards, an all-volunteer group, maintains the trail, provides information and docent-led hikes focusing on the trail’s flora, fauna, and history. Overlook Trail Stewards partner with  the Sonoma Ecology Center and the City of Sonoma. The stewards also raise money to maintain the trail and support services, as we receive no tax money to support trail maintenance, the building of benches, etc.

Montini Open Space Preserve

The Montini Open Space Preserve is covered with oak woodland, large rock outcroppings (including an historical rock quarry), and open grassland. The trails offer beautiful views of Sonoma Valley, San Francisco and San Pablo Bays. Protecting the Montini property has helped to maintain the historic character of this ranch that has existed since the time of General Vallejo.

The Preserve trailheads are at 1st St West and 4th St West. The trail system boasts two overlooks, including one that is ADA-accessible.A wide area for viewing the Sonoma Valley and turning around demarcates where the ADA-accessible part of the trail ends. From 4th St West, the trail ascends up a gently sloped path that is designed for wheelchair access before heading upward through an oak woodland to an overlook of the city of Sonoma and southern Sonoma Valley.

The Valley of the Moon Trail, another trail on the Preserve, offers hikers amazing views of the city of Sonoma, Sonoma Mountain, the Sonoma Baylands and other landmarks. Hikers can alternatively head east and connect with the Sonoma Overlook Trail by crossing Norrbom Road for a hike of up to four or five miles.

The Montini Open Space Preserve is managed by the Sonoma Ecology Center, which has been funded by the City of Sonoma for a set period to perform this task. The Sonoma Ecology Center is aided by trail volunteers who monitor conditions, answer hiker questions, remove invasive species, and report on violations of regulations (e.g., dogs, bikes).

Dogs, bicycles, and horses are not allowed on the Preserve. If you are interested in more information about the Preserve’s dog policy, please click on the following links:

Montini Open Space Preserve Dog Policy – FAQs

Montini OSP Mgt Plan Amendment – District Response Letter

Montini Preserve Management Plan and Initial Study


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