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“Great views, Pay $7 to park.”
Review of Helen Putnam Park

Helen Putnam Park
Ranked #4 of 57 things to do in Petaluma
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 26 October 2016

Stretched the legs a bit during a reunion weekend. Rolling hills on single track trails.A few different loops.

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

Favorite family hike for sure. So much so that our son has had his birthday party here twice. Dog loves it, too. Beautiful views and nice open space. Depending on how you access the trails, may have to pay a parking fee - cash only - and they ticket if you don't pay!

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Reviewed 13 September 2016

The views are excellent and in the spring, the green hills make for very nice scenery. The other good thing is that the park is close to town. The negatives are that most of the trails are not shaded so the summer hiking is not very pleasant. I guess I am spoiled by the trails near Point Reyes and the many other Sonoma hiking trails that have redwoods, ocean views or both (like Pomo Canyon).

2  Thank Dwight S
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Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I just got back from a hike in our gem of a park. A mile or so from downtown Petaluma, Helen Putnam regional, lies just to the West. The main entrance is off Chileno Valley Rd. From downtown take Western to Chileno Valley. Parking is $7. There is room for horse trailers, leashed dogs are welcome. There are numerous trails, although a very thorough exploration of the park would only take an hour and a half. It is hilly, but easy walking. There is a paved road section that leads from the parking lot, passes a rangers house, a pond stocked with sunfish and bass, and goes over a ridge, continuing through shady oaks to Oxford court in the Victoria housing development. The trails go from shade to vistas as well. It is a good place to observe raptors and turkey vultures.

1  Thank Philip C
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Reviewed 28 August 2016

Quite a variety of hiking trails throughout this park and a great local option for a walk, job, horseback ride or bike ride. Trail can be a bit steep in some areas, so would probably encourage baby strollers to stay on the paved road. Be sure to have a leash close for your dog as it is not unheard of to have coyotes roaming the area during the daylight hours. The fish pond is getting to be full of "bloom" this time of year, but still a nice spot for fishing with the kids. Picnic and bathroom facilities close to the park entrance. Trails pretty well maintained, but do watch out for the poison oak that flourishes throughout the park.

Thank Caljogger
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