Annadel State Park (East of Santa Rosa)
OTE Ratings: O7/T8/E9
Distance: 18 miles
Climbing: 2200 feet
Time: 4-5 hours
USGS 7.5' topo: Santa Rosa, CA; Kenwood, CA
Annadel was originally named "Annie's Dell", for Annie
Hutchinson, a grand-daughter of an early landowner).
For a time, it was an obsidian, cobblestone and perlite quarry.
The park is about 5000 acres, with many miles of dirt
roads and of mountain-bike trails. There is also a
beautiful lake, a marsh, and several
springs and creeks. Most of the park is inaccessible by car.
The many mountain bike trails are named and well-signed.
The terrain is mostly open meadows of dry grass/foxtails and mixed
woodlands (mostly oak trees), with a few small patches of redwoods
at the top of the mountain. Since it used to be a quarry,
the best way to describe most of the trails up there is
rocky. I have damaged
rims (on a cheap MTB) on rides in this park.
Directions to the start
There are several entrances to the park.
To get to the main entrance & parking lot
(N 38.44411°, W 122.61579°),
take US-101 to Santa Rosa, get off onto
CA-12, which turns into Farmer's Lane. Turn right onto Montgomery
Drive, and then right onto Channel Drive.
Pay ($2) at the entrance station, then continue along Channel Drive
until it ends (at the parking lot).
To reach an alternative entrance (at the south-eastern end of the park),
CA-12 to Lawndale, turn south, and park in the small lot
on the right, just before Lawndale goes uphill.
[by Ross Finlayson]
To date I have explored only the north-western half of the park,
but this is where most of the best singletrack appears to be.
To reach this singletrack, take the Warren Richardson trail (a fireroad)
from the parking lot.
The "Orchard", "Live Oak", and (especially) "North Burma" trails are
©1995-2007 Doug Landauer
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