September 28, 2016
Bear Right at the Four Yellow Blazes
My wife and I much enjoyed this hike on a sunny September day. We found the driving directions and the trail description to be quite accurate. The trail head is easy to spot and there is plenty of parking space on this unbuilt section of residential road. This is a moderate hike, with a few minor steeps and some rocky spots, but my inexperienced spouse handled all with no trouble. We caution others to pay close attention at the split in the yellow blaze trail. You will see four blazes as described, one pair indicating left and the other indicating a right turn. We did note that subsequent single blazes for the right hand trail are not easy to spot and the trail in that direction was not very well worn, either. However, if you pay close attention and follow the right hand footpath, you'll be rewarded soon enough with a nice view of Lake Sonoma. On the return loop, we met a family that started their hike in the mid-afternoon and they missed this turn, ending up following this hike in reverse - hope they got out before dark. We were also thankful for the warning from a friendly hiker of a mother bear and her cub being in the vicinity. We did not spot any bear, but we were a bit bothered by a large barking dog that appeared at the top of an adjacent slope where the park must border private property. The best part of this hike was the view from Overlook Rock - a view of green hills near and far barely spoiled by only a hint of a few scattered residential roofs. We look forward to hiking this loop again when the various streams and the cascade are running.
August 28, 2015
Hike has been updated
The hike has been updated to include the recent reroute of the eastern end of the Manaticut Point Trail, which you describe in your comment. Thanks for bringing this to our attention!
August 24, 2015
It appears that the Yellow trail got re-routed
Heading east on the Yellow trail (Manaticut Point Trail) from Manaticut Point back toward Crescent Drive, the trail now re-joins the its "northern branch" about 1/3 mile away from the trailhead rather than dropping down to Crescent Drive. So if you're following the above route description, be aware that about 1/3 mile from the trailhead, you'll come to a place that the Yellow Trail splits. To follow this loop counter-clockwise, you need to stay right at the fork. I hope this makes sense. Although it's hot today, this trail is mostly shady. But the only water is at Lake Sonoma. Doggie and got home with no ticks - at least none that I've found so far!
January 16, 2015
hunters along the trail..
Hiked this on 1/2/15 and ran into a hunter sitting in a tree blind along the Hewitt-Butler trail just before the private pond/gazeebo. Not sure if he was on the private property or not but still kinda scary. I'm buying a blaze orange hat for my next hike !! Recommend all winter hikers do the same during hunting season !
November 27, 2011
Great mix of terrain
Great hike, moderate difficulty sounds about right, has secluded lake sonoma, great views from different points throughout the hike with the best being Overlook, several rock scrambles, swamp land, stream crossings, it was a great mix of terrain in a not-so-long hike. While it was almost december it was unseasonably warm so the ticks were out in force and we didnt bring any deet. The trail seemed unpopular so the tall grass on the trail made a great jumping off point for the little buggers. Our clothes were covered and i had to pull 4 out from my legs with tweezers. Not fun. Moral of the story, be prepared. The link is to a map we made using the Google Tracks App. http://maps.google.com/maps/ms?ie=UTF&msa=0&msid=204015081029345494431.0004b2ab4928941e3a83d
March 21, 2011
Did this hike last weekend. Very enjoyable walk with outstanding view from Overlook Rock. Lake Sonoma is also a nice place to stop and contemplate the state of the world we live in. Noticed some recent mountain biking activity on white trail but not too bad. A big thank you to the TC volunteers who built and now maintain these trails!