Woman hiking by some purple wildflowers at Sonoma Valley Regional Park

Wine Country Wildflower Hikes

These three Sonoma County Regional Parks are on the smaller side, but they're mighty with blooming wildflowers and big views. Hike or bike these routes and bring a picnic too!

Week: 03.23.2022
Regions: Northern CA

Leapin' Lupine!

Hiking in Sonoma Valley Regional Park

Woman hiking up a trail at Sonoma Valley Regional Park
Seasonal wildflowers and evergreen vistas make this a locals’ favorite hike in Sonoma Valley Regional Park. Go soon to see popping lupine and buttercups on this scenic 2-mile (round-trip) route with beautiful picnic spots.
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Pedal, Poppies, Picnic

Bike or hike at Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma

Woman sitting at a bench overlooking the fields and foothills at Helen Putnam Regional Park near Petaluma.
Biker by the water at Helen Putnam Regional Park in Sonoma County
Poppies on a trail in Helen Putnam Regional Park Petaluma
Biker on a trail at Helen Putnam Regional Park in Sonoma County Petaluma
Helen Putnam Regional Park punches above her weight. The compact yet bountiful park near Petaluma explodes with wildflowers every spring, in particular the state’s signature California poppy.
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Disc-go!

Hike, Bike, Disc Golf at Crane Creek Regional Park in Sonoma County

Disc Golf Player at Crane Creek Regional Park in Sonoma Valley
Hiker on the trail at Crane Creek Regional Park in Sonoma County
Oak tree at Crane Creek Regional Park in Sonoma County
Big views, blooms of flowers during spring, and one of the most scenic disc golf courses in Northern California: Crane Creek Regional Park in Sonoma County packs a lot into its 128 acres!
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