Year round but best wildflowers blooming are between April and May
note 1: The large state park is adjacent to Spring Lake Regional Park (nature
park with large lake).
note 2: Dogs are not allowed on trails.
note 3: The park is popular and at weekend it can be crowded and with many
mountain bikers but because the long trails you can always find the way to walk
without many people.
thoughts: We spend here a nice winter day and hike only at the west section of
the park and enjoy it very much.
to Santa Rosa makes this park popular with hikers, mountain bikers, and
equestrians. Some portions of the park burned during the fires of 2017; you
will walk through the burned sections, but this does not affect the visit.
visit the west section of this large park and at the east side there are much
longer hike opportunities, marshlands and large meadows.
hike (7.5 miles option):
not park our car at the main park entrance but rather at Spring Lake Regional
Park Shady Oaks parking lot.
hike covered a lot of different landscapes from artificial large lake of Spring
Lake to the nice Spring creek, large Ilsanjo Lake and the oaks covered hills on
our way back.
started our hike by going to the north dam section and around the large lake.
We keep walking to the west dam, behind the large water tanks and over the
From here we walk on the wide gravel Canyon Trail along the Spring creek.
At the trail junction where Canyon Trail turn to the right, we keep going on
Spring Trail in the main canyon.
1.2 mails you will reach Ilsanjo Lake dam section. You can hike around the
lake, but we did not have the time to do this.
the lake dam we went north turning into Rough Go Trail, after 0.5 mile keep
going on Rough Go Trail for another 0.6 mile and turn right into Cobblestone
Trail. After 0.7 miles you will pass through the old quarry.
before the last hike section you will reach an open flat section in the forest
where you can see on the other side on your left a road. We went to this road
and took the trail that is going down and circling the hill, this trail will
lead you directly to the parking lot where we left our cars and started our