Santa Rosa Creek Trail

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Trail Distance: 2.1 miles
Time Estimate: 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Point-to-point
Restroom: No
Description
The Santa Rosa Creek Trail is one of a network of trails throughout the city's urban and agricultural areas. The Santa Rosa Creek Trail is among the most popular. It's centrally located, paved, and easy to find. Park your car along the shoulder at Willowside Road anywhere there's room. The simple trailhead leads off the road, along the water. While it may not have perks like restrooms or designated parking, this trail leads with natural beauty and doesn't let up!


This is a great trail for those looking for an easy hike. The path is wide and paved throughout, making it accessible for people with mobility aids. It's also very flat. You don't stray far from the water, so the walk is a pleasant one! You will have to share the road, however. Dogs are required to be on leash. Keeping them on a shorter, non-retractable leash or a locked retractable leash will help them steer clear of cyclists! This flat path is a popular ride. 

The path turns several times, following Santa Rosa Creek's switchbacks and lazy curves. It's tree lined most of the way, though the view does open up at times to give you views of the water or Santa Rosa's gorgeous downtown area. There isn't a bad place to stop, so if you need a breather, feel free to step off the path at any point and admire the view! You can also use this path as a commuter experience. It crosses several other roads, so you can park at Willowside and walk to the surrounding neighborhoods along its length. 

This is a point to point trail; at the end you can choose to turn back or continue along the Piner Creek Trail instead. Make arrangements to be picked up at the other end, or double your walk by going back to your parked car!

Santa Rosa Creek Trail is a beautiful and easy hike that won't eat up your whole day--but will still leave tails wagging! 

Trail Features
Easy Incline, River
Abundant Wildlife, Scenic
Cautions & Considerations
Ticks are a spreading issue in California, and Lyme disease cases are on the rise. The best protection for your pet is a medication preventative, but checking for ticks after a walk helps as well. Don't forget to check yourself, too! Bug spray can combat the mosquitoes that flock to the waterway.
Address
600 Willowside Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
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Address
600 Willowside Road
Santa Rosa, CA 95401
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset