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Helen Putnam Park

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Address: Chileno Valley Rd., Petaluma, CA
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varied hiking trails for the people in a hurry or having a couple hours

I've been hiking here for 9 years and will for as long as I can. There are varying degrees of difficulty in the trails from level to 60 degree incline ( I call it the wall). It is... read more

5 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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petaluma, United States
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petaluma, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

I've been hiking here for 9 years and will for as long as I can. There are varying degrees of difficulty in the trails from level to 60 degree incline ( I call it the wall). It is a short 2-3 hundred feet up to the top of the world and flat up top so you can chose many trails... More 

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San Rafael, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Just a few days ago, a few friends went hiking here on a lovely sunny day after much rain. The green hills were spectacular with livestock in the distance. Mossy trees with disfigured trunks were great photo opportunities. There are many trails to explore and we intend to see them all.

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Thank LindaCordova
Alameda, California
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7 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Beautiful park, but the automated parking permit system is cumbersome. The machine kept spitting out our dollar bills. Nice park close to Petaluma but out in the country.

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Vista, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 October 2016

Stretched the legs a bit during a reunion weekend. Rolling hills on single track trails.A few different loops.

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belmont, california
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

Favorite family hike for sure. So much so that our son has had his birthday party here twice. Dog loves it, too. Beautiful views and nice open space. Depending on how you access the trails, may have to pay a parking fee - cash only - and they ticket if you don't pay!

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Petaluma, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 September 2016

The views are excellent and in the spring, the green hills make for very nice scenery. The other good thing is that the park is close to town. The negatives are that most of the trails are not shaded so the summer hiking is not very pleasant. I guess I am spoiled by the trails near Point Reyes and the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

I just got back from a hike in our gem of a park. A mile or so from downtown Petaluma, Helen Putnam regional, lies just to the West. The main entrance is off Chileno Valley Rd. From downtown take Western to Chileno Valley. Parking is $7. There is room for horse trailers, leashed dogs are welcome. There are numerous trails,... More 

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Thank Philip C
California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 August 2016

Quite a variety of hiking trails throughout this park and a great local option for a walk, job, horseback ride or bike ride. Trail can be a bit steep in some areas, so would probably encourage baby strollers to stay on the paved road. Be sure to have a leash close for your dog as it is not unheard of... More 

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Petaluma, California
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016

Helen Putnam park is a breath of fresh air very close to town. I walk there from my house to get away from the noise and traffic of Petaluma. There are both sunny and shaded paths, some very open and others tucked away. It is great to be able to walk to open space and not see a trace of... More 

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Petaluma, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

I recommend this place for hiking or walking. My husband and I track our walks there frequently. We usually follow the trails for about 1 hr. It is a great up and down hill challenge. The walkways are pavement and dirt mixture. Nice people are always walking there and are friendly. If you want a difficult hill challenge you can... More 

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