Celebrating Joanna

A huge thank you goes to our current chairperson, Joanna Kemper, who is stepping down after 8 years of leadership of the Stewards.

After the Stewards meeting on Tuesday we celebrated Joanna’s dedication to our beloved trail with a party.

Ezrah Chaaban, Chief of Staff to State Senator Bill Dodd presented Joanna a Senate Resolution Certificate thanking Joanna for her service on behalf of Senator Dodd.

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We toasted her with bubbly and also presented her with a Hiker’s Notebook with photos and memories of her tireless leadership.

Thanks Joanna, and see you on the trail.

Come enjoy the Mountain Cemetery on your way to the Overlook Trail

Come hike the newly re-opened upper part of the Overlook Trail. Enter through the Mountain Cemetery entrance and follow the signs (they say Toyon Trail) in the cemetery to the Overlook entrance. The trail from this entrance leads to the Upper Meadow Loop and the fantastic views of Sonoma and San Francisco. You can also access the Montini Open Space Preserve through this entrance.

The sign at this entrance says trail is closed ahead, this refers to the new re-routed trail that starts at the kiosk. There are new stone steps leading up to the newly re-routed trail, but this entrance by the kiosk and trail isn’t open yet. This portion of the trail will open in the Spring, after the rainy season has given it a chance to “cure”.

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Photo taken in the cemetery by Sue Loesch this morning

The Overlook Trail is open!

After months of hard work and literally years of planning the trail rehab work is nearly completed. There’s plenty of hiking available, and plenty of views.

To hike the Overlook trail, start your hike from the Mountain Cemetery entrance—follow the signs if you aren’t familiar with how to enter it through the cemetery. The Upper Meadow Loop that leads to the scenic overlook is accessible from the Toyon Trail entrance in the Cemetery and through the Montini Open Space Preserve.

As you approach the kiosk at the trailhead you’ll see beautiful stone steps leading up to the newly re-routed trail. This portion of the trail will open in the Spring, after the rainy season has given it a chance to “cure”.

The Overlook Stewards, City officials and many trail fans hiked the trail to “welcome it back” this weekend. Come join us every Wednesday morning at 8:30 for a hike to the overlook and back. Meet 8:30 at the trailhead kiosk for an energetic one hour hike. . . and meet some new hiking friends.

IMG_5980Fred Allebach explaining how steps were built.

Susan Peterson talking about trail improvements. Hikers listen to Karen Collins tell trail tales.

Up in the air, it’s a bird, it’s a plane. . . .

We had a surprising sight today on our Wednesday morning community hike–a balloon floated through the air overhead. Come join us on these hikes for beautiful vista views, camaraderie with other fellow hikers, and sometimes, even a surprise!

Starting next Wednesday we are back on the upper part of the Overlook Trail—it’s being re-opened Saturday, Oct 20. Meet at the Trailhead kiosk at 8:30, we finish at 9:30 and are known to sip coffee at Peets afterwards.IMG_9292

Goats? In Sonoma?

If you hike on the Montini Preserve Trail you will likely see goats chomping away on the weeds. This is one of the pleasures of hiking here—you are in for a treat to watch these cute creatures.

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Join us any Wednesday for a brisk hike. We meet 8:30am at the Sonoma Police Station parking lot for an hour-long hike on the Montini (while the Overlook is closed for rehab).