Although it is still uncertain whether the public will ever be able to hike the portion of the Sonoma Mountain Trail that was intended to cross private property, the 2-mile section that crosses state land should be opened to hikers sometime in July.
"This is really an exceptional trail. ... It's absolutely stunningly designed by the state parks," said Dee Swanhuyser of the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, which has been working with LandPaths, the Sonoma County open-space district and the state parks department to get the trail built.
While spectacular, the 2-mile pathway won't be an easy hike, Swanhuyser said, because it's located at the end of an existing 3.25-mile path in Jack London State Historic Park. That means a complete round-trip stroll on the new Sonoma Mountain Trail - crossing both Jack London and Sonoma Developmental Center property - will involve 10.5 miles of hoofing it
And it's important that eager walkers don't jump the gun and use the trail before it's officially open to the public.