Sonoma Overlook Trail is a nearly 3 mile walking path set onto the hillside backdrop above the City of Sonoma.

Since its inception, the Sonoma Overlook Stewards, an all volunteer organization, without cost to the City, make possible 1) educational programs for adults and school groups through its docent program and interpretive brochures and signage, 2) all trail maintenance and improvements, and 3) fundraising to support all SOT issues.

A diverse array of native plants and animals grace the gentle grade trail, and spectacular views of the town of Sonoma, the Sonoma Valley and the Bay Area can be found in the meadow at its top. Docent-led hikes are available for students and adults many weekends. The trail is open to the public for walking during daylight hours.

Sonoma Overlook Trail’s main trailhead is at the entrance to the Mountain Cemetery, off First Street West just four blocks north of the Plaza. The upper trailhead takes off from Toyon Road within the Mountain Cemetery. Dogs, bikes and horses are not permitted on the trail.

Sonoma Overlook Trail Maps

Overlook Trail Brochure (pdf)
Illustrated Trail Map (jpg)
Trail and Area Map (pdf)
Cemetery Walking Tour (pdf)

Things to Do

Trained docents knowledgeable about the trail’s flora, fauna, and history give walks for 4th grade classrooms and other groups. To schedule a walk or to become a docent, contact Rosemarie Marks. For information about volunteer stewardship projects, contact Fred Allebach (information below).

Support Your Trail

Sonoma Overlook Trail relies on generous contributions from members of the community. Please lend your support!

If you would like to help with the docent program or the development and maintenance of the trail, please contact us (see contact information below).  To help fund our efforts use the donate page for your tax deductible donation, or send contributions to:

Sonoma Overlook Trail
c/o Sonoma Ecology Center
PO Box 1486
Eldridge, CA 95431

The Sonoma Overlook Trail partners with the City of Sonoma who owns the land. For your tax deductible donations SOT is fiscallly sponsored by the Sonoma Ecology Center, a California non-profit 501(c)(3).

Sonoma Overlook Trail Contacts

Joanna Kemper Jeni Nichols Fred Allebach Laurel Meredith Rosemarie Marks
Co-Chair SOT Stewards Co-Chair SOT Stewards Stewardship Projects Secretary Education/Docent Coordinator
joannakemper@gmail.com jeninichols@icloud.com (707) 935-3514 blam38@comcast.net (914) 584-0215
fallebach@gmail.com eyemdrfm@me.com

Check out the volunteer-managed website for Montini and Overlook trails!