Walking along the river and through history

Coppertone approaches a bridge over a creek crossing along the trail.
User: Austin Explorer - 8/19/2017

Location: Cloverdale River Park

Difficulty:  Solitude:
Miles Hiked: 4.32 Miles  Elapsed Time: 2 hours, 51 minutes


The trail is a simple paved path following the Russian River.  It's rather short, slightly scenic but near constant road noise from Highway 101 takes away from the experience.  Might be a nice resource for nearby residents or a quick walk for visitors to Cloverdale or Alexander Valley who are in the area for other reasons.

It's grape picking time in wine country and some wild grape vines we saw near the parking area looked ripe for the picking.  Obviously the area is well suited to viticulture given that untended plants seem to flourish.

At one point we were almost taken out by a squirrel who may have been fleeing a rival when he appeared just a foot or two in front of us on the trail.  He quickly got his wits about him and scurried up a nearby tree.  Fence lizards were ever frequent on the edges of the trail, often perched on rocks trying to soak up the Sun's heat.

What really consumed our time here was the wandering we did around the cemetery situated at the southern end of the trail adjacent to the parking area.  We found grave sites as early as 1862 and many interesting headstones.

Coppertone and I planned to walk this trail, run a few errands and then try another hike in nearby Healdsburg but with all of the time spent in the cemetery we had to cut our walking/hiking short.  No complaints though.

Log Photos
Bridge Crossing
Trail View
Cloverdale Cemetery
Recommended Item
Recommended Item Day Hikes Around Sonoma County: 125 Great Hikes
Robert Stone
List Price: $21.95 Our price: $14.03 Buy Now
Sonoma County is 35 miles north of San Francisco on the Pacific coast. This California county is known for its wineries and a magnificent natural landscape--a picturesque mix of rugged coastline, steep cliffs, forested hillsides, and verdant agricultural valleys. The cities, towns, and villages are as diverse as the geography. Interspersed throughout the landscape are thousands of acres of undeveloped parklands, forests, and open space.

Day Hikes Around Sonoma County is a collection of 125 of the county's best day hikes, providing access to both well-known and out-of-the-way greenspace. Hikes are found along the Pacific Ocean, across the coastal ridges, into wide valleys, and through thick forests. A third of the hikes are located along the coastline, accessed by Highway 1, which connects the coastal towns as it snakes along the oceanfront cliffs and bluffs. Many coastal access points that are not easily recognized from Highway 1 are clearly described. The remaining hikes explore the inland mountains, hillsides, and valleys through numerous state parks, regional parks, and undeveloped land. Highlights include fog-shrouded redwood forests, creekside canyons, wildlife sanctuaries, lakes, tidal bays, wave-pounded coastline, and sweeping panoramic views. A wide range of hikes accommodates amateur to avid hikers, from beachfront strolls to canyon treks. Straight-forward directions and clear maps accompany all hikes. A thorough index includes cities, trails, and points of interest.