Hiking, Swimming, and Fishing in Wine Country

San Francisco Annadel SP

Added by Jackson Garton

40 miles of interconnected trails to choose fromLake access for swimming, fishing, and picnickingCarpeted meadows of wildflowersDuration: Half-day

Annadel State Park is located in the historic Valley of the Moon, just 60 miles north of San Francisco, in Sonoma. This popular 5,200 acre park features a wonderful variety of options to explore, boasting views of the Sonoma Valley, rolling meadows of wildflowers, and direct access to 26 acre Lake Ilsanjo. One of the highlights is a 8.5 mile section of the Bay Area Ridge Trail that is perfect for hiking and mountain biking.

The perfect time to visit Annadel State Park is in the spring when the wildflowers are in bloom and the weather is warm enough for a dip in the lake. Fishing for black bass and bluegill in the lake is also popular, with fish weighing as much as nine pounds having been caught before. All things considered, it makes for a perfect half-day escape to wine country.

Here's a trail map you can download and take with you.

Pack List

  • Hiking shoes
  • Swimsuits
  • Sunscreen
  • Picnic supplies
  • Fishing gear
  • Camera
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Activities:

Chillin, Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking, Photography

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

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Features:

Adult Beverages
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Wildflowers

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How to Get There

over 1 year ago

My backyard

Annadel was 5 minutes away from my old high school. The park is amazing all year round, but my favorite time to go is right after a big rain because the rivers and creeks really start to flow. You can easily spend a full day walking around and picknicking or doing a quick 45 minute hike to take a quick break from the world.

over 1 year ago

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