Helen Putnam Park, Petaluma

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Helen Putnam Regional Park is a regional park southwest of Petaluma, California, U.S.A. which is maintained by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department. It covers an area of 216acre. The park entrance is at 411 Chileno Valley Road.The park's official dedication took place in 1985.Facilities and featuresThe park features numerous trails suitable for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. The trails include a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.The parking lot has 37 spaces, including spaces for handicapped and equestrian users. There is a gazebo, a picnic area, and a children's playground near the parking area, and a pond stocked with bluegill.NameThe park is named after Helen Putnam, a former mayor of Petaluma and Sonoma County supervisor. Another park named after her is the Helen Putnam Park in nearby Cotati, California.
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  • Although not large, the park is criss crossed by trail giving a variety of terrain and look out points from every directions. The initial climb up Arroyo Trail is steep (about a 30% grade), but the to...  more »
  • This park has something for everyone. There are short easy walks or very strenuous hikes up the hill. A nice pond to sit and just relax. The kids can fish. You can take a picnic too. You have to try i...  more »
  • If you like to hike in the hills and don't want to drive far this is place. both paved and dirt paths. Some of the trails are steep like stairs but on dirt. There are single track loops around the hil...  more »
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  • I would put 5 stars but there is LOTS of poison oak and my dog just couldn't keep away from it. Some trails are worse than others, so if you have a dog try to stick to the main train areas. Other than that, it's a beautiful and worth while place to walk/run/bike. The hill straight up from the parking lot is a great way to work our your legs and wear out your dog :)
  • Close to home. Great views. The dog owners could do better picking up after their furry friends when they finish with their business.
  • Yery green, super pretty. You can see horses roaming around, dogs aren't allowed off leash.
  • A hiking delight with wonderful vistas of gorgeous rolling hills that reminded me of Hadrian's Wall terrain in Northern England. Good distant views of Petaluma. The 300' elevation gain at the outset was a real chug up. This rating and review is posted by Bob Alpern of the Wednesday Hikers group.
  • Amazing views this time of year. Everything is in full bloom
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