Hidden Wilds of Healdsburg
Hike the Less Traveled Healdsburg Open Space Preserve
Don’t judge a book by its cover or an open space by its limited parking. When you arrive at Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve, you may wonder what could possibly be tucked behind a subdivision. Get ready for a pleasant surprise. Within minutes of hiking the quiet trails in this 155-acre preserve, the beauty reveals itself: majestic oak trees, wetland, spring wildflowers, and wowing views of the Mayacama Mountains and Russian River.
For an easy 1.5-mile hike (you know, in between wine tastings!) connect Ridge Trail and All-the-Oaks Trail, with a brief detour to the Russian River Overlook bench.
The easy trails have relatively gentle ascents through a shaded canopy of coast live oaks, and out to a few bench overlooks with vistas including Fitch Mountain, the Mayacamas, and the Russian River. At the first bench overlook there’s currently a purple carpet of lupine decorating the landscape. Follow the All-the-Oaks Trail back down to the start, then decide whether to wine taste or grab a bite to eat in downtown Healdsburg.
WINERY TIP: There’s plenty of excellent options for wine tasting in and around Healdsburg, so have fun exploring. Our recommendation is Bricoleur Vineyards. Book a tasting or show up and buy a bottle to enjoy on their expansive property—the cornhole and gazebo patio area is lovely and overlooks the vineyards.
BONUS EATS: Cocktails and wood-fired pizzas along with a lively and charming outdoor patio make Campo Fina a good bet for a post-hike meal in the heart of Healdsburg’s downtown. Mix it up from the wines or pay a $20 corkage if you bring a bottle from your wine-tasting excursions.
Healdsburg Ridge Open Space Preserve is at Bridle Path and Arabian Way in Healdsburg (map). Look for street parking (park on the streets at the end of Arabian Way if you can). The trailhead is at the eastern end of Arabian Way. Dog-friendly!
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