Sonoma Raceway Hike        

IMG_1519bWe had a lot of smiling hikers this past Saturday at the Sonoma Raceway.

Huge thanks to Steve Page, CEO of Sonoma Raceway, who led a large group of 5 mile hikers and Chelsea Lazzari also with the Raceway, led another group of 3 mile hikers. This is the 4th year Sonoma Raceway has opened up the “back country” of the Raceway to host hiking and to support the Overlook Trail.

We enjoyed having glorious weather, seeing woolly weeders and baby wooly weeders, and of course everywhere there were jaw dropping views.

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There were over 100 hungry hikers that enjoyed a generous lunch provided by Levy Restaurant.

Thanks to Hope Nissan for organizing the day, Connie Bolduc for making registration so easy, and the many volunteers that helped with the hiking, parking, and welcoming.

Most of all thanks to the hikers who support the Overlook Trail! With your help the trail is maintained and kept in tip top shape as our local treasure.

Overlook Trail Re-Opens!

The Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards invited the town to come for a celebration of the Re-opening of the Overlook Trail. It was a beautiful spring day and all who came were excited about hiking the newly created lower trail and renovated Upper Trails.

Nearly 100 people gathered at the Trailhead Kiosk to honor the people and volunteers that made this possible.

The Kiosk sported fluttering streamers with the over 400 names of individuals and organizations that supported this renovation project.

The Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards: Susan Peterson, Jeni Nichols, Maggie Salenger (sitting), Lori Parmalee, Fred Allebach, Priscilla Miles, Sally Stone, Roy Tennant, April Stark, Mary Nesbitt, John Donnelly, Bill Wilson, Connie Bolduc, Joanna Kemper, Leanna Breese. Not pictured: Lynn Clary, Rich Gibson, Laurell Meredith, Jackie Steuer, Hope Nisson, Karen Collins, Wayne Schake, Ronda Guaraglia, Jaye Hayes.

There was an enthusiastic ribbon cutting ceremony—Let the Hikes Begin! Doing the cutting: Rebecca Hermosillo for Congressman Thompson, Ezra Chabaan for Senator Dodd, Marcelo DeFreitas on behalf of Sonoma Alcaldessa Karen Collins, Amy Harrington Sonoma Mayor, Richard Dale Sonoma Ecology Center, Bill Wilson Project Manager.

Hikers going on the VERY FIRST Hike of the newly re-opened trail.

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