If you come to hike the Overlook Trail–Montini Preserve Trails are less than 1000 feet away!!!

To hike the Montini Preserve Trails park at the Police station lot (600 feet south of Sonoma Overlook Trailhead) on First Street West. The entrance to the Montini Preserve is behind the batters box. The trail is a 2 mile loop or more–map at entranceIMG_4710.jpg

Sonoma Overlook Trailhead–signs posted give directions to the Montini Preserve Trails or the Mountain Cemetery walking paths. (adjacent to Trailhead)

We just kicked it off!

We are underway with the Overlook Improvement Project. The kick off celebration this afternoon was festive and informative. Joanna Kemper, our host, was the emcee –she could be seen by all–standing on a very large rock. She also provided us with cookies and lemonade (welcome on a sunny day). John Donnelly gave a brief history of the trail, and Mayor Madolyn Agrimontij, along with Cathy Capriola, Colleen Ferguson and the Sonoma Public Works team shared their excitement about getting this project underway.

 

The Stars of the show was the team from American Conservation Experience that will be doing the work on the trail the next three months. They are young people from across the country (even Guam) that are eager to get started. We welcome them to our town and to our beloved trail.

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The American Conservation Experience (ACT) Team

Sonoma Raceway Hike a Huge Success

Thanks to all of you hikers who came to the Sonoma Raceway to hike. . . .and support the Overlook Trail. We had 130 hikers which we split into two groups—one group did 6 miles and the other group did 3 miles. We all enjoyed the gorgeous views and heard about the conservation measures that the Raceway does to preserve the beautiful rolling hills. It was fun to see the woolly weeders and their spring lambs—they do a good job of keeping the weeds down.

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Woolly weeders on the job

A huge thank you to Steve Page, Jerry Wheeler and Chelsea Lazzari and their Raceway team for the superb job of hosting, promoting, and keeping us all on track over hill and dale. . . .and for providing a delicious lunch–thanks to Kim Conte at Levy Restaurant. And thanks to Hope Nissan for organizing volunteers and making it all work so well.

Trail Rehabilition Star Volunteer

Mary Nesbitt was honored today as a “Star Volunteer” at the Sonoma Valley Fund’s Annual Celebration of Volunteers. Mary was vital for the Trail Rehabilitation Project (starting summer 2018), securing $80,000 in project funding by identifying appropriate sources and writing grant proposals. She also has designed communications to inform the public, and has been a key player in meetings with the City of Sonoma and interested parties. She is part of the Sonoma Overlook Stewards, an all–volunteer organization that is dedicated to maintaining the Overlook Trail and providing educational opportunities for children and adults in Sonoma Valley.

Thank you Mary, for all you do for our beloved trail.

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Jeni NIchols, Mary Nesbitt, and Joanna Kemper

Meditation Hike led by Jeff Falconer

 

Sunday, March 11, 4:00-7:00pm

Welcome Back Daylight Savings Time

Walking Meditation has been practiced for centuries in many parts of the world. It has been used as a healing tool by people from many spiritual and religious traditions, as well as folks who just want to “feel good”.

The everyday activity of walking, combined with an awareness of one’s breath, one’s own body in motion, and one’s surroundings, can quickly reward the mindful walker with a deep calm and increased sense of belonging in the natural world. This easy discipline offers a valuable enhancement to the long-established benefits of walking as exercise.

First explore this lovely activity on a relaxed 2.5 mile loop hike to the top of the Overlook Trail to enjoy the sunset and welcome back daylight savings time. Your guide, Jeff Falconer, will begin the journey with a brief overview of Walking Meditation, followed by a short standing meditation to ground and center us before embarking.

Jeff has practiced meditation for many years. He spent time at an ashram, a spiritual hermitage, in India in the early 1970’s, is also a Tai Chi enthusiast, and an avid… mostly mindful… hiker. Jeff’s newly published booklet on Walking Meditation will be available to purchase to guide your personal journey after the class.

Where: Meet at the Sonoma Overlook Trailhead

Admission: FREE

Baby, it’s Great Outside!

Hiking the Overlook is great at any time of year, but winter can be particularly rewarding, especially this year! When other parts of the country are muffled in deep snow and freezing temperatures, the Sonoma County trekker can take to the trails in relative comfort and ease. This year, after the fires, the green grass blanketing the ground gives us all a great breath of hope and renewal. Wintertime hiking is a joy and offers some unique benefits:
  • You’ll see less people and more wildlife
  • Mosquitos and other bugs are nowhere to be found
  • Rattlesnakes are still hibernating
  • Less people=less noise. Enjoy the quiet peacefulness
  • Hot food and warm drinks taste even better after a cold weather hike
  • Hike the trail on a sunny winter day and you will instantly feel the happy effects of endorphins as they kick in!
If you haven’t been up the trail lately, now is the perfect time to shake off those solstice doldrums and take advantage of our Northern California winter. You’ll be glad you did! winter hike