Look who’s hiking and working on the trail

Every Wednesday morning at 8:30 a group of hikers gather to hike the Overlook.

Up (30 minutes), then the Top (catch breath and take photo) and then down (30 minutes). Here’s a few photos from the top by the bench from this past year of Wednesday hikes.

And look who we bump into on the trail nearly every week. Hint–he’s going from rock removal to invasive removal –see his blog posts!

Join us at the Trailhead kiosk on Wednesdays. . . the hike is open to the public. Good way to start the day. . . and enjoy the view from the top!

Day of the Dead Cemetery Walk

Today local historian and Sonoma Overlook Trail Steward, Fred Allebach, led local Sonomans through the Mountain Cemetery on a “Day of the Dead” Walk. He shared fascinating stories and lively lore that he “dug up” through the years. There were homemade cookies and freshly made Sonoma cider to fuel the walkers. Proceeds from the event (over $1,750) go towards improvements on the Overlook Trailead and the Kiosk. The trail is solely supportd by private donations.

Fred Allebach telling a “Grateful Dead Story”

Sonoma Raceway Hike

The Sonoma Raceway Hike this past Saturday was a big success. Fifty hikers came to enjoy the beautiful vista view and companionship of other hikers.  $2,600 was raised for trail maintenance and rehab. (You may have noticed that the trail was recently repaired. It now has better footing and easier grades for all age groups.) A huge thank you to Sonoma Raceway for opening up the back acreage for hiking and morning coffee and refreshments. Also, thanks to the volunteers that came early in the morning to set up the hike and take registrations… and lead the hike. Mother Nature played along with a gorgeous day!

Sonoma Raceway
“Night Watchman” watching over the sheep
Bay view hike
Hikers enjoying the Bay view
Sonoma County Hills
Boxes of bees

Season of Joy. . . and Thanks

Before you hit the trail, check out the Hikers Gallery at the kiosk for gratitude quotes from Overlook Trail Hikers.

“What a way to top off a great trip to Sonoma, 25th anniversary!” 

“Being in the moment with family & friends is pure love. Nature is a part of our soul.”

“What you see is what you get. And what you get is awesome.”

“My husband and I both survived traumatic health issues. Coming to the lookout is the best way for

us to celebrate and conquer.”

You, Overlook Hikers, have been writing in the Hikers Notebooks for nearly 20 years! Go to our past blogs for more Gratitude quotes that Roy has posted from the Hikers Notebooks. 

And while you are at the top, write YOUR thoughts in the notebook. . . .It’s on the stone bench at the top of the trail.