Rincon Valley day hike: Sonoma Valley Regional Park Cougar Trail

Real Estate Broker/Owner with Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA 01368633

Sonoma Valley Regional Park is not "tecnically" in Rincon Valley, but it's so close it's worth a visit.  The park is located on Hwy 12 just east of Glen Ellen.  This 200+ acre park offers the following amenities:

  • Wheelchair accessible
  • paved bike trail
  • Developed hking trails
  • Fenced dog park
  • Horse trails
  • picnic facilities


Not sure what hike to go on?  I recommend the Cougar Trail. It is located right off the driveway leading into the park. The Cougar Trail is an unpaved service road that leads up to an Oak woodland and a pond perfect for resting or bird watching.  The trail loops around to the main paved Valley of the Moon Trail.  Total distance 2 mi. +/- 


Another popular hike is along the Woodland Star Trail to Suttonfield Lake.

Suttonfield Lake is a popular destination in the Sonoma Valley Park


Cost:  $7 parking

Time: 8am - sunset

Dogs: Yes on <6' leash

Ranger office: 707.539.8092

More info: Sonoma Valley

Map: Trail map





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  • Jim Cheney, Broker
  • Saint Francis Property
  • Jim@StFrancisProperty.com
  • (707) 494-1055
  • Rincon Valley - Santa Rosa
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Jim Cheney, Broker

"Your Realtor in Rincon Valley"

Wine Country Real Estate

Santa Rosa, Sonoma County


Comments (6)

Brian England
Vacasa - Gilbert, AZ
MBA, GRI, REALTOR® Real Estate in East Valley AZ

Sounds like a really nice place and I enjoy hiking!  If I were in the area, I am sure I would want to visit this place!

Sep 13, 2017 09:44 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim so any reason they named it Cougar Trail? Inquiring minds want to know and hope that one would not run into one:))Endre

Sep 13, 2017 10:07 PM
Jim Cheney
Saint Francis Property Santa Rosa, CA - Santa Rosa, CA
Rincon Valley Realtor 707.494.1055

Lots of mountain lions in the area, but unless your hiking at dawn or dusk you won't see one. 

Endre Barath, Jr. if you run into a Mt Lion just do this...

Sep 14, 2017 11:08 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

Jim ha ha love it that is an awesome way to scare everyone:)))Endre

Sep 14, 2017 11:13 AM
Sybil Campbell
Fernandina Beach, FL
Referral Agent Amelia Island Florida

Hi Jim, This is a great post for people in your area who love nature.

Sep 15, 2017 07:53 AM
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Jim, sure looks like a wonderful park to take a hike, and the views are gorgeous.

Sep 16, 2017 05:54 AM