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Bay Area Ridge Trail: Helen Putnam Regional Park

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The Ridge Trail section through Helen Putnam Regional Park.


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1.1

Miles

1.7

KM

85%

Runnable

500' 152 m

High

274' 84 m

Low

189' 58 m

Up

226' 69 m

Down

7%

Avg Grade (4°)

17%

Max Grade (10°)

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Description

In Petaluma, the 7.2-mile Ridge Trail ventures through a rural regional park and many neighborhoods and parks, including downtown; it also follows both the Petaluma River and Lynch Creek for a stretch. Northeast of US 101, you have an opportunity to explore newer neighborhoods of Petaluma. There is a 1-mile gap between Helen Putnam and the city route.

The city section is an excellent bike ride; however, in May 2017 the route lacked Ridge Trail signage. This is a temporary route until the planned route along the Petaluma River, Sholleberger Park, and Adobe Creek Trail can be finished.

This trail description is excerpted from the 2019 Bay Area Ridge Trail Guidebook. For details on all trails, trailheads and more buy the book from Wilderness Press.

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Bay Area Ridge Trail Staff

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The Cattail Trail offers a beautiful look at the pond below.
Jan 22, 2017 near Petaluma, CA
Looking south from Ridge Trail Paved, you can see the nose of South Loop Trail.
Jan 8, 2017 near Petaluma, CA

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