Sonoma County Hikes – 1 wine-free reason to love it here

Sonoma County, located in the heart of California’s wine country, is a destination like no other. Whether you are planning a romantic weekend getaway from the Bay Area or you’re a wine enthusiast, traveling from afar, this place is a truly magical experience. To get the most out of this amazing vacation destination, however, you must do more than drink the wine. There are several Sonoma County hikes, nestled next to those renowned wineries, that you should not miss.

In this article, I’ll discuss the hiking trails located at Jack London Historic Park. I would even go so far as to say that a morning hike here pairs perfectly well with an afternoon of tasting your favorite wines.

Jack London Historic Park – the must-do Sonoma County Hike

Sonoma County Hikes - Wolf House at Jack London Park
Wolf House

Located just 8 miles north of Sonoma, California, you won’t waste too much time driving here. There is a $10 entrance fee per vehicle, which feels like a steal once you realize the scale of the park.

Upon entry, the road splits. To the left, you’ll find parking for the trail leading to the Happy House of Walls Museum, Wolf House, and Jack London’s gravesite. I’d recommend starting here. As you walk down the main path, you’ll notice the valley’s natural beauty, which Jack London held so dear. The museum, built after his death is a tribute to the life of the Londons. Following the main path past the museum, you’ll find the final resting place for Jack and his children. Finally, at the end of the path, you’ll find the most striking feature of the park, Wolf House. Here you can view the grand remains of Jack London’s dream house. You can also read the story of how it tragically burned down right before he was set to move in. 

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Ruins at Jack London Historic State Park

Once you are done with this side of the park, don’t forget to check out the other side. Here you’ll find London Cottage and ruins from the blacksmith shop. A lovely hike around the outskirts of a working vineyard will take you to the small, yet serene, London Lake. 

You don’t have to know the works of Jack London (White Fang and Call of Wild, being the best known) to enjoy a trip to this historic park. The 47.5-acre plot of land offers easy hikes, historic ruins, and some little-known history about one of America’s most beloved writers. 

Glen Ellen, quintessential Sonoma, California

Before you leave the area, make sure to stop at Glen Ellen, where you can explore a prime example of Sonoma Valley living. The town is tiny, with a population of under 800. I’d suggest grabbing a parking space on Arnold Dr. and taking a stroll through town. Here you’ll find several shops and galleries to explore. Make sure to stop at Les Pascals Patisserie et Boulangerie for some freshly made french pastries. It’s the perfect way to reward yourself for taking on the best of Sonoma County hikes.  

French macaroons at Les Pascals

Now that the wine-free portion of your day is complete, it’s time to start tasting that Sonoma wine! There are a few good tasting rooms on the main road in Glen Ellen, including Laurel Glen, Talisman, and Wine Snob. Make sure to spend some time driving around the valley as well. There is nothing more lovely than sipping wine in the picturesque vineyards of Sonoma County, especially after a morning of hiking through Jack London’s historic ranch.

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