Such strange times we find ourselves in. Lots to ponder about our global community and how we maintain Self Care while also taking care of our local community.
Arthur Dawson, my co-facilitator on the Sonoma Mt. Trek, and I had a good phone call this morning about the choice to go forward or cancel the Trek due to COVID-19. We pondered the physical and mental health benefits as well as our responsibility in keeping ourselves and our elders healthy.With the increasing social distancing and cultural practices that are being implemented due to COVID, with heavy heart we feel that it is best to cancel the Trek. Arthur and I will be meeting soon to plan our 2021 Trek and we will let you know as soon as possible.
Photo Credit: Ulrich Kolbe
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Join TrekSonoma and Sonoma Mountain Preservation for an overnight weekend wander across Sonoma Mountain. Wildlife ecologist Meghan Walla-Murphy and historical ecologist Arthur Dawson are again joining together to tell a holistic story of our beloved mountain. Inspired by our cherished community member Pat Eliot, we will walk amongst the spring wildflowers and share meals under the stars.
Though a quarter of a million people live within a dozen miles of Sonoma Mt., this iconic landmark remains undiscovered and barely explored by Sonoma County locals. Over three days we will walk across varied terrain, from ridge top trails and vistas of the bay to the deep dark shade of redwoods groves. At night we will camp under the stars and enjoy local foods prepared by a slow food gourmet. March wildflowers will dot the hillsides while we track the stories of wildlife, waters, and human history. Experience the reasons why Pat Eliot dedicated her time to helping people gain access and preserve this important landscape.
LandPaths heartily encourages those for whom cost is a barrier to apply for the limited number of work-trade scholarships available. As a community institution LandPaths is committed to helping people experience the breadth of our programming so that cost is not a barrier!
2:00pm, Friday March 27th, address to location to be given to those who register, depart Sunday afternoon.
Location & Directions:
Specific information on parking and securing vehicles and relevant particulars will be forwarded to trip participants in advance.
- This Trek is geared towards people who love to walk beneath the open skies for the better part of the day and – over the course of several days – feel that they are actually traveling across a landscape.
- One need not be an Olympian to make the hike, but be in shape for several days of walking; the pace is completely doable for anyone who is in shape to walk. We carry only a knapsack with layers of clothing, water, optional camera and a ‘trail lunch.’
- Children over 12 that are hearty walkers are certainly encouraged to join their adult parent or caregiver.
Details on the Route:
First day’s walk: Optional 2.5 miles roundtrip to the great views from the Umbrella Tree. Second day: Approximately 8 miles from North Sonoma Mountain to private parcel adjacent to Jack London Park with varied terrain and elevation gain of 1000 ft. Third day: Approximately 5.5 miles, Terrain similar to second day.
What to Bring:
- Participants are responsible for their own sleeping bag, pad and tent (rental of tents and air mats available). LandPaths shuttles this equipment between night stays.
- Lunch for Friday, Saturday & Sunday (trek guides can provide suggestions as needed)
- Daypack, water bottle and miscellany for day hikes
- A complete gear list will be made available two weeks prior to the trip to all registered participants
LandPaths Will Provide:
- All group camping gear (kitchen, cooking gear, Loo, skip-bathing station, dining tent)
- All breakfasts and dinners.
- LandPaths will provide simple, healthy foods with some gluten free options. If you have dietary restrictions, please be sure to pack what you need in order to stay nourished.
Transportation of gear and shuttling. Guided exploration of the mountain. Overnight camping locations. Local, organic catered dinner and breakfast. Rental of tents and sleeping pads available.
- Participants will need to sign a liability waiver.
- Due in part to crossing private land with stock animals and state park property, pets are not allowed on this Trek.
- $495 per person over 12 years old.
You can pay online or if needed, call Deira at 707-544-7284 ext. 100 who will take your payment over the phone.
Worktrade & Scholarships:
Scholarship and Worktrade opportunities may be available. Please click here to access a Worktrade/Scholarship application.
LandPaths Cancellation Policy For TrekSonoma
Please read the cancellation policy below before you make your reservation. If you have any questions or comments regarding this policy or required fitness levels, please contact the LandPaths’ office. We regret that we cannot make any exceptions to this policy.
How To Cancel:
In the event that you need to cancel from a Trek, please notify the LandPaths’ office directly. You can contact Mary at 707-544-7284 x100 or via e-mail at email@example.com.
30 days and above, prior to the first day of Trek: full refund minus a $25 processing fee
29 – 0 days prior to the first day of the Trek: No Refund
Cancelled Or Changed Trips By LandPaths:
In the event that LandPaths needs to cancel or change a Trek, registered individuals will be notified as soon as possible. LandPaths will reimburse all fees paid by registrants to LandPaths. LandPaths is not responsible for other fees or payments that have been incurred outside of LandPaths.