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

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.

In partnership with the City of Sonoma and the Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma Overlook Trail Stewards have the lead responsibility for the stewardship of the trail. Trained docents knowledgeable about the trail’s flora, fauna, and history are available to guide private groups.

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 John Donnelly (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), use the donate page and select Sonoma Overlook Trail program designation for your tax deductible donation, or send contributions to:

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

Sonoma Overlook Trail Contacts

Joanna Kemper John Donnelly Laurel Meredith Rosemarie Marks
SOT Task Force Chair Stewardship Projects Secretary Education/Docent Coordinator (707) 933-8128 (914) 584-0215

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