A gem of a hiking experience is waiting for you and your furry friend at the Spring Lake Regional Park Trails in Santa Rosa, California. You will be treated to a variety of trails which are all pup-friendly and can suit any pup-ability because they are basically level and rated as easy.
Pick up one of the trailheads at the main south entrance to the park, near the campground and boat launch. This trail is called the Bay Area Ridge Trail, or Horse Loop for short. You will find a dirt path where horses are allowed, looping around the entire park for 2.6 miles.
Head west on this trail to pick up Fisherman’s Trail, a .47 out-and-back dirt trek which runs alongside Spring Lake’s waterfront. As the name implies, you might find some fisherman reeling in their catch! Or continue along Horse Loop a little farther west or to the north end of the park. At both these locations, you can hop on the Spring Lake Loop which also runs around the entire lake, but at a closer proximity to the water than the outer Horse Loop.
Spring Lake Loop is completely paved, and handicapped-accessible, and will meander you and your pawtastic pup for 2.6 miles. As you pass the north entrance to the park, you can leave this loop and pick up the nature trail which circles around the immediate area for a spectacular treat of wildflowers, birds and native wildlife.
This north location is where you will find restrooms and fountains, so take a bit of a rest, fill up your water bottles here and keep going! Continue your trek on Spring Lake Loop or Horse Loop at this point to take you back where you began.
Mark Spring Lake Regional Park Trails on your to-do list today!