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Helen Putnam Park, Petaluma

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Helen Putnam Regional Park is a regional park southwest of Petaluma, California, U.S.A. which is maintained by the Sonoma County Regional Parks Department. It covers an area of 216acre. The park entrance is at 411 Chileno Valley Road.
The park's official dedication took place in 1985.
The park features numerous trails suitable for hiking, bicycling, and horseback riding. The trails include a segment of the Bay Area Ridge Trail.
The parking lot has 37 spaces, including spaces for handicapped and equestrian users. There is a gazebo, a picnic area, and a children's playground near the parking area, and a pond stocked with bluegill.
The park is named after Helen Putnam, a former mayor of Petaluma and Sonoma County supervisor. Another park named after her is the Helen Putnam Park in nearby Cotati, California. Plan my trip to Petaluma with suggested itineraries provided by Inspirock.
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  • Hilly but not too challenging hiking trails make for a good work-out close to Petaluma center. New parking lot has plenty of space. Good restrooms, kids play area and sheltered picnic tables. 
    Hilly but not too challenging hiking trails make for a good work-out close to Petaluma center. New parking lot has plenty of space. Good restrooms, kids play area and sheltered picnic tables.  more »
  • This is a fantastic park close to downtown Petaluma - beautiful vistas, lovely, well-maintained paths, great signage. Strong recommendation 
    This is a fantastic park close to downtown Petaluma - beautiful vistas, lovely, well-maintained paths, great signage. Strong recommendation  more »
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  • Beautiful place to hike. It's pretty open to the sunshine - not much shade on the trails - so a hat and sunscreen are recommended. We hiked a 2+ mile loop trail past a pond. Walking counter-clockwise on the trail the climb was mostly gradual. There were panoramic views of the Petaluma Valley from the ridge. Great photo op! The return to the parking lot was very steep and a set of large (high and deep) steps are cut into the hill. These steps were a knee and thigh workout! We went in late March when the hills were green and a ton of California Poppies were blooming. Looking forward to going again! Photo taken of the view to the west. Proof of elevation hiked for dubious friends and family who didn't join us!
  • Best place to take your dog or kid for a walk, really easy/short trails but fun and with amazing views. There is also many tables in between the trails where you can take a break or have a small picnic. There are also many trees that your kids would love to climb. I am 100% coming back.

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