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Windsor, CA | A Hike at Foothill Regional Park-How Did I Not Know About This Park!

August 31, 2015
Foothill regional park review

I am a little reluctant to say that I had never been to this 211 Acre park even though I have been living in Northern California for more than 20 years! Yikes! Since I had never been here before I really didn’t expect much either….but to my surprise it is now on my top 10 favorite’s! This former Ranch land park has 6.8 miles of trails that are available for hiking, biking and horseback riding (except for the Bobcat Trail, Pond A Loop, Pond B Loop, Pond C Trail, and the Ravine Trail–those are only for hikers.)foothill regional park in windsor

There is a parking Fee but I just parked on the street since I didn’t have cash with me and that actually seemed to be what most people did–the parking lot was quite empty.

foothill regional park in windsor parking fee's

foothill regional park in windsor parking fee's

The only restrooms are located in the beginning of the Trails right of the parking lot.

foothill regional park in windsor map

There was Handicapped parking right through the gate–I looked up how to make that accessible to those that need it and it looks like you need to head to the Regional Parks main office at:

2300 County Center Dr. 120A in Santa Rosa

Bring your photo ID and disabled plate/placard for registration and they will give you a card that you use for the electronic gate and it’s FREE.
foothill regional park in windsor disabled parking

This is the disabled parking lot

foothill regional park in windsor disabled parking

   Be aware–I did notice their was quite a bit of horse manure on the trail. Anyways, I started with the Westside Trail and I was pleasantly surprised with how nice and wide the trails were!

foothill regional park in windsor, ca westside trail

And some tree’s were just starting to change color! It was beautiful!

foothill regional park in windsor, ca westside trail

foothill regional park in windsor, ca westside trail

foothill regional park in windsor, ca westside trail

I wanted to go on the outskirts of the park so that I could get a long hike in. After the Westside Trail I connected to the Oakwood Trail. 

foothill regional park in windsor, ca oakwood trail

It led me by some stunning scenery and ponds!

foothill regional park in windsor, ca oakwood trail

I was so very pleasantly surprised by the views! They were so pretty of the rolling hills filled with the luscious green vineyards.

foothill regional park in windsor, ca oakwood trail views

  This was probably one of the highest points of my hike at 448 ft.

foothill regional park in windsor, ca oakwood trail views

I took this photo to show how rocky some of the trail became. I had to stop running and walk down these hills–if you have weak ankles I would recommend the same!

foothill regional park in windsor, ca oakwood trail is rocky

I noticed this picturesque pond and was thinking oh how fun it would be to swim across when I noticed….

foothill regional park in windsor, ca oakwood trail pond

…..this sign. Darn. However–good news for the fisherman out there! You can fish! People catch Bass and Bluegills.

foothill regional park in windsor, ca oakwood trail pond

This bridge was toward the end of the trails I had chosen. would be a lovely spot for photos.

foothill regional park in windsor, ca oakwood trail bridge

This was the last trail I took–Three Lakes Trail.

foothill regional park in windsor, ca thee lakes trail

The sky was just so amazing on saturday! I couldn’t get enough!

foothill regional park in windsor, ca thee lakes trail

So, with the trails that I chose I went 2.95 miles and climbed about 448ft. Just right for a Saturday morning.

And my trusty Asic Gel Kayano 21’s did not let me down. Even on the slipperiest parts my footing stayed put! If you want to see my review on these click here.

asic gel kayano 21 in hot pink

I used my favorite Running App by Nike. If you want to download it click here. Or click the photo below. I’ve been using this app for over 2 years now and they just integrated Spotify! Oh, and I had phone service for the entire hike! huge plus!

nike+running app review

My Quick Take: This is now one of my favorite hiking trails I will be back for many more! The option of trails ranging from wide to skinny with the elevation options make this a park for everyone to visit! I love that they have disabled parking for those that need it and that it’s free.

Address: 1351 Arata Lane, Windsor, CA 95492

Ranger Phone Number: (707) 433-1625

Hours: 7AM-Sunset

Have you been to this park? What are you trail recommendations? Please let me know in the comments!

Happy Hiking!

Xx,

Goldie+James

 

 

 

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