Overview: Overview: This walk takes you through the central third of Annadel SP and through some of the best of what the park has to offer. Some... more »
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Overview: This walk takes you through the central third of Annadel SP and through some of the best of what the park has to offer. Some... more » of the trails can get quite a bit of hiking, trail running, and bike traffic, .but for the bulk of this trip it never really seemed crowded.
Lake Ilsanjo offers fishing and some of the most beautiful and bountiful displays of wildflowers from early March to late May, which are best seen when hiking around the lake..
The park offers many miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, and trail riding. It is essentially a valley and hill island, surrounded by the city and wine country agriculture.
Temperatures are moderate: daytime highs during the summer are in the 80s and 90s; wintertime highs are in the 50s. Rainfall averages ... more »about 30 inches a year, most of it during the winter and early spring. Snow is quite rare and there is little fog.
There is no camping in the park. Fires, camp stoves, and barbecues are not allowed.
Horses and bicycles are allowed only on designated trails. Off-trail riding is not permitted.
Make sure to bring drinking water on the trails. The water in Hunter Springs is suitable for horses only.
Dogs are not allowed on trails.
Directions to Trail Head:
From Summerfield Drive:
1) East on Park Trail, follow around loop to Carissa Avenue.
2) East on Carissa Ave.
The trail head is on the corner of Carissa Ave. and Annadel Heights Dr.
There is a large city-operated open space property occupying the grass slope. The trail head is the Veteran Memorial Trail at... More the southwest corner of the intersection.
Follow the trail up the slope past the horse paddock. There are also a few benches on the way up to take in the view of the town.
Take the right fork (southeasterly). This trail will almost immediately head east and down a steep eroded and rocky trail into a gully.
The north running trail is an easier grade back to the last junction. Continue to the right toward the southeast and up the valley on the side slope. The country is primarily stunted oak and grassland.
The Veteran's Trail connects to the park here near a bridge on the Canyon Trail. Cross the bridge over Spring Creek.
Take a look at the informational board tolearn about the park and get your bearings.
Head southeasterly up Spring Creek toward Lake Ilsanjo. The trail will follow the creek on an uphill grade through a moderately steep-sided canyon under alders, redwoods and bay trees that
grow along the creek canyon. On the way you’ll see a nice picnic spot next... More to the creek.
The trail is popular for afternoon walks, trail running, and mountain biking.
Nice view of most of the 26-acre lake, down the face of the dam, and a portion of the canyon just hiked.
There is a restroom at the eastern shore and picnic benches are scattered periodically along the shoreline.
Picnic benches are available here.
Follow the Lake Trail left (northwest) along the lake. There are some popular fishing spots and... More waterfowl lookouts along this stretch. The lake is not stocked but blue gill and big mouth bass can be found here. Along the way a secondary spillway and marsh will be encountered as the trail bends around the shoreline.
Junction: Lake Trail and Rough Go Trail.
Continue following the Lake Trail as it leaves but continues around to the north end of the lake.
On the way to the next waypoint the forest will open to grasslands and a finger of the lake. Foot trails and a dirt service road toward the lake provide access to fishing and picnic benches near the water.
A side-trip. Turn off the Lake Trail to visit a pagoda lookout across the grassland meadow.
The stone gazebo with benches was built with a contribution in 1984 by Elmer Burka to make the park a more enjoyable place.
Major Trail Junction. W.P. Richardson Trail, Louis Trail, and Lake Trail. Information signage describing Lake Ilsanjo.
Cross the intersection and head northeasterly on the W.P. Richardson Trail, which is listed as the South Burma Trail on the park map. The trail will start on a modest uphill grade into forest cover and follow a valley.
Picnic bench and rest stop in a mixed Douglas-fir and oak forest.
The trail is approaching the ridgeline of the hill at this point. The vegetation has stunted considerably with periodic openings and a general chaparral cover. Keep an eye (or nose) open for Sonoma Sage (blooms May to June also with scarlet fritillary March to May).
Another picnic bench is at this point.
The seemingly endless uphill walk is done. Buick Meadow stretches out below the trail for much of its length at this point.
The trail will follow the edge of the meadow to the southeast and reenter the forest cover. Shortly after, the trail reverses direction heading west which puts us halfway home.
Junction: South Burma Trail and Marsh Trail. There is a bench here with a nice view looking back on the meadow. Follow the Marsh Trail westerly into the forest that will include oak woodlands, Oregon oaks, and scattered redwood groves. Further on the trail will cross along the lower slope of Bennett Mountain and there will be views overlooking... More Lake Ilsanjo.Less
Junction: Marsh Trail and Ridge Trail.
The Ridge Trail is a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
Follow the "Low Road" and stay on the Marsh Trail.
Picnic bench on knoll overlooking the surrounding countryside.
To the north across Annadell, the lake, and Santa Rosa and west across the park, Santa Rosa, and to the coastal hills across the valley toward Sebastopol.
Return to POI 4.
Bypass the steep, rocky trail and continue straight (north) to round the hill on a gentler and visually pleasant fence-lined grade.
End of hike.