Nestled in the foothills of Sonoma Mountain to the east of Rohnert Park, Crane Creek Regional Park sits amongst gently rolling hills.
Most of the terrain is rolling grassland with clusters of oaks sprinkled about the area and lining creek beds.
No segment of trail in the park seems more than about a half mile long. Given the many interconnecting trails it's still possible to get in some mileage without too much repetition by planning a couple of loops that will cover much of the park terrain. Navigating the trails is easy given the park's excellent trail markers that dot each official trail intersection.
Coppertone and I had in mind 6-8 miles of hiking today and no loop, or two, at Crane Creek would provide that distance. So we elected to map every inch of the park's trails, at least those that seemed to match up with what was on the official map.
Once again, the temperature we experienced in person outside seemed to differ greatly from the forecast. A little breeze helped to take the edge off of the heat.
Being in the middle of summer the grasses were all a golden brown and crunchy under foot where the trail might not have been mowed to the ground. We're sure the overall feel of the hills are completely different during wetter months when greenery abounds.
A pleasant surprise was the rippening blackberries that appeared along the trails. Remembering a relatively nearby park with an even greater abundance of bushes, we headed to Ragle Ranch Regional Park after finishing up here.