Saturday, July 14, 2018

Annadel State Park

Rincon Valley's Trione-Annadel State Park

Annadel State Park, located at 6201 Channel Drive Santa Rosa, is the highlight of parks in Rincon Valley, perhaps in the entire county. The park is 5,100 acres of rolling valley woodland.  Wildlife is abundant in this mostly undeveloped park. There are 40 miles of trails and fire roads to explore by foot, bike, or horse.
Photo: Jim Cheney Broker/Owner Saint Francis Properties "Your Rincon Valley Realtor"
Hikers, joggers, and bicyclists take a break at Lake Isajo

Annadel is a state park and a $10 parking fee is required, however, there are numerous places to park for free and walk in.  The trailhead for Cobblestone is one of the more popular places to park for free.  Other entrances to the park include neighborhood entrances near Stonehedge, Park Trail and Carissa in Bennett Valley.  Paid parking can found on Channel Drive or Lawndale Road.   Window smash vehicle burglaries are occassionally a problem so make sure valuables are out of sight.

A visitor’s center and ranger station are located at the main entrance on Channel Drive.  Maps are free and located in a display next to where you would pay for parking.

Other than the visitor center, there is no formal buildings or things to do other than go for beautiful hikes and rides.  One of my favorite things to do is go up to Lake Isanjo either on foot or mountain bike and go for a swim.  This is an unprotected lake with NO lifeguard.  Swimming is allowed at your own risk.  The cement dam makes for a perfect entry and exit to and from the water. There are picnic tables and one bathroom near Lake Isanjo, along with a bathroom at the top of Two Quarry Trail. Several honor bike repair stations are scattered along the trails throughout the park.

Alex Chudacolf makes his way down Orchard
I love mountain biking at Annadel.  If you are a beginning mountain biker, a nice ride starts at Spring Lake, rides up the Canyon Trail to  Lake Isanjo.  The easiest way back is to double back on the Canyon Trail, but if you want something more challenging, the Spring Creek Trail is a bit more technical and not for beginners

For advanced mountain bikers, going up the Marsh Trail to Ledson Marsh and returning on the South Burma Trail is a popular ride.

I’ve been coming to Annadel Park for 20 years and have seen coyote, mountain lions, deer, rabbits, turkeys, raccoons, skunks and more.  It is a great place to bird watch or take nature photography. I routinely see rattlesnakes so pay attention with your eyes and ears.  

I recommend you not hike in the park unless you have a map with you.  It is very big, and hikers and mountain bikers get lost there all the time.  You need to either bring a map or be sure to get one at the visitor’s center when you enter the park.

Here’s a link to the park map: Annadel

Annadel State Park rules:
Day use only, no camping
Parking fee: $10
No drones or unmanned aircraft
No dogs
No electric assisted bicycles (they are considered motor vehicles)
No riding off trail
Drinkable water at the visitor center and Warren Richardson trailhead.  All other water found at the park is not potable
A fishing license is req at Isanjo Lake 16 years and older
All trail users must yield to horses
No fires or camp stoves

I love living in Rincon Valley!  I've lived here since 1995 and can't imagine living in a better North Bay community.  Call me today if you're interested in buying a home in Rincon Valley, or if you'd like to list your Rincon Valley home for sale.  

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