Exploring the Sonoma Overlook Trail

Recently I decided to get out and explore the Sonoma Overlook Trail. It was one of the last “nice days” before a long week of rain in Napa Valley, so I was itching to get out and explore some new trails. Despite being close, I don’t get to Sonoma Valley as much as I would like.

Exploring the Sonoma Overlook Trail

About the Sonoma Overlook Trail:

The Sonoma Overlook Trail is about 2.5 miles, and you can run or hike. It has some of the most beautiful views of Sonoma Valley. Located just north of the Sonoma Plaza, the trailhead is at the Mountain Cemetary entrance. Several other trails connect to the Overlook Trail if you want to spend more time there or get off the beaten path.

Exploring the Sonoma Overlook Trail
Fun red dirt trail

It’s also close to the Montini Open Space Preserve if you want to get more mileage in. You can find more information here, including a trail map.

Exploring the Sonoma Overlook Trail

Something interesting about the Sonoma Overlook Trail is that a volunteer group maintains it. The Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards partner with the City of Sonoma and the Sonoma Ecology Center to keep the trail alive and well maintained. They raise money but don’t receive any tax money to support the trails.

Finally, keeping in mind is both dogs, horses, and bikes are not allowed.

Exploring the Sonoma Overlook Trail

My Experience:

Sonoma Overlook Trail’s main trailhead is at the Mountain Cemetery entrance. The trailhead starts at Toyon Road inside the Mountain Cemetery.

When I arrived on a Saturday, it was busy but nothing overwhelming. There were a few spots available. The Sonoma Overlook Trail is a moderate 1.25 miles out and back (2.5 miles total). It does climb about 325 in the 1.25 up to but all switchbacks and nothing too mountainous. You are rewarded with sweeping views of Sonoma Valley, and on a clear day, you can even see San Francisco.

Exploring the Sonoma Overlook Trail

If you visit Sonoma and look for a short hike with a beautiful view, I highly suggest the Sonoma Overlook Trail. It’s one of the most beautiful views of the Valley I’ve seen yet. I would love to explore the Montini Open Space Preserve next door as well.

Exploring the Sonoma Overlook Trail

You can see more hikes and trail runs here.

Questions for you:

Have you been to Sonoma? 

What is one of your favorite local views?