Sonoma hike through Olompali, Travel Photo Mondays #12

Travel Photo Monday


Welcome to Travel Photo Mondays

It’s Monday morning, time to enjoy some gorgeous travel photography and inspiration from around the world. Let’s banish those Monday blues by sharing gorgeous imagery and story telling.

Sonoma hike through Olompali

Coastal oaks



Sonoma hike through Olompali 

Just south of the Sonoma city of Petaluma is a State Park called Olompali State Park. An area still preserved and left mostly in its natural state, Olompali park with its coastal range is filled huge oak forests, fern dells and beautiful vistas. Olompali means ‘Southern Village or People’ from the coastal Miwok people that lived in this area. The Miwok lived here continuously from 6000  to the latest date of 1850. There is a reconstruction site of typical habitats or tepees made with tree limbs and bark from the local trees, mostly oak or redwood. A large and well-known boulder called ‘Kitchen Rock’ was used by the local Miwok as a mortar to grind their acorns, prepare food and socialize.



Sonoma hike through Olompali

Shady trails under beautiful




Recreated Miwok dwelling

Recreated Miwok dwelling






Sonoma hike through Olompali

Fern undergrowth in the oak forest

Varied terrain


There are some easy to more challenging trails going through the lower portions of the park and up into the coastal hills. At the start of the trails are larger open grassy expanses and leading into shady oak forests filled with dense undergrowth of native ferns and other flora. There are magnificent vistas of the Petaluma valley floor, delta and river opening into San Francisco bay at many points to rest and enjoy the views. Further uphill, the trails open up again into and open grassy hills with rocky outcrops and scattered boulders in strange locations.


Me walking through the coastal oak forests

Me walking through the coastal oak forests






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Friends taking a hike with me today


 It’s always easy to take a break from the uphill hikes and enjoy scenic views of the Petaluma basin and delta.


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Peek-a-boo views of Petaluma basin and delta


It’s easy to spend a pleasant morning or even most of the day hiking around the trails with magnificent views of the area. I hope you enjoyed your tour of Olompali State Park for Travel Photo Mondays, Please come and visit these other bloggers below sharing their photo essays.


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31 Responses to Sonoma hike through Olompali, Travel Photo Mondays #12

  1. Tom Palladio October 11, 2013 at 1:54 am #

    Noel — The link button on your page is not there. I’d like to submit the following photo essay for your Travel Mondays: Renaissance Architecture in Vicenza, Italy –

    • Noel October 11, 2013 at 6:51 am #

      Hi Tom,

      You can try any of the more recent Travel Photo Mondays or another one coming up soon, I post them on Sunday mornings for others around the globe

  2. Majida/Hanel Travels September 23, 2013 at 8:09 am #

    Can’t find the button to add my link! 🙁

    • Noel September 23, 2013 at 8:39 am #

      Majida, go to the newest post for Travel PHoto MOndays the button is below all the bloggers links

  3. Jess September 21, 2013 at 8:59 am #

    I love the way they’ve tried to let visitors learn about the culture of the people who used to live there! You can understand so much more in a natural environment then seeing isolated artifacts in a museum.

  4. Jana Last September 19, 2013 at 6:11 pm #

    These are absolutely gorgeous photos! What a beautiful area you’ve shared with us on your virtual tour. Thank you!

  5. Jennifer September 18, 2013 at 6:51 am #

    Love that shot of the dwelling!

  6. Bella Vida Letty September 17, 2013 at 5:09 am #

    Great photos, especially that first one. There’s something mystical about those slanted trees.

  7. Rajesh September 17, 2013 at 12:18 am #

    Great shots of the place, picturesque.

  8. A September 16, 2013 at 5:06 pm #

    I always forget how many beautiful state parks there are out there to see as well! Ahh soo much to see so little time too!

  9. Joyce September 16, 2013 at 11:38 am #

    The scenery is beautiful and seems so untouched-I so enjoyed the History of the Miwok people and viewing their re-created shelters.
    Thank you for this lovely post!

  10. Leigh McAdam (@hikebiketravel) September 16, 2013 at 10:50 am #

    What a beautiful series of photographs in an area that sounds like it would offer good year round hiking.

  11. Kellie (Destination Unknown) September 15, 2013 at 9:30 pm #

    Great photo story – this makes me want to dust off my hiking shoes and get out there and explore this area!

  12. Mary {The World Is A Book} September 15, 2013 at 9:14 pm #

    I never would have expected this untouched gem in this area. What a beautiful park and gorgeous scenery. those shady trails look so inviting.

  13. Cathy Sweeney September 15, 2013 at 7:27 pm #

    Noel, here you go again visiting places in my own back yard that I haven’t been to yet. This one is really inexcusable, because for the past 23+ years, I’ve driven by it from SF to Santa Rosa hundreds of times and always say to myself that I need to stop there sometimes. Had no idea what to expect until seeing your pics. It looks well worth my time to explore. Thanks for the inspiration.

  14. muzachan September 15, 2013 at 7:22 pm #

    Great view from the top…

  15. InsideJourneys September 15, 2013 at 2:09 pm #

    The Miwok dwelling caught my eye. I’ve seen something similar in my travels through Jamaica.
    Looks like a calming walk. Love your photos, Noel!

  16. Chasing the Donkey September 15, 2013 at 12:25 pm #

    Ohh, I love that green one playing ‘peek-a-boo’. I am always drawn to green photos… and I am green with envy on this one.

  17. Briona September 15, 2013 at 12:12 pm #

    Wow! Those photos are absolutely stunning! I LOVE the peek-a-boo views! Thanks for sharing!

  18. Mo September 15, 2013 at 10:56 am #

    Love the green shots Noel!! Absolutely amazing!

    • Noel September 15, 2013 at 11:17 am #

      thanks Mo, looking forward to seeing your Capture the Colour entry, will check it now!

      • Mo September 15, 2013 at 11:26 am #

        Thanks Noel… Good luck in the contest!

        • Noel September 15, 2013 at 12:02 pm #

          good luck with you to, lots of really good entries this year, I’ll have to check the pinterest site


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