Helen Putnam Park

Helen Putnam Park, Petaluma: Address, Helen Putnam Park Reviews: 4.5/5

Helen Putnam Park
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Hitcher84
Eureka, CA1,172 contributions
Nice hike
Apr 2021 • Family
Lots of hiking trails of varying difficulty. The pastures were very green and the California Poppies were in bloom. It was windy and a little chilly when we got up to the top of the hill. Some nice views. Not too crowded. Some people on horseback. $7 parking.
Written 4 April 2021
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Kalvin S
San Mateo, CA121 contributions
Beautiful park
Mar 2021
Beautiful hike. Perfect day, not windy. Elevation is nice with great views. Would definitely come here again.
Written 29 March 2021
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Al G
SF Bay Area60 contributions
Nice trail system but probably not for trail bikes!
Nov 2020
Not for trail Bikes! A nice family stroll (many of them) but forget the bikes. An easy drive from downtown Petaluma (could even bike - country roads) but not worth the effort if goal is trail biking. Smaller than imagined from maps, complex trail system that frequently criss-cross and intersect. Bikes were actually a hinderance as constantly having to adjust rhythm for folks on foot. Not challenging nor particularly unique. Would barely qualify as a 'Hike'.

Since looking for trail biking, knew we had made an error in decision making when pulled midday into full parking lot and only 2 cars with bike racks. But that said, this is definitely an area feature - nice well maintained trails (too maintained for us) and plenty of reflection spots with a bench and beautiful views.

Pick a nice day, pack a lunch, set a leisurely pace and enjoy what it is! Note - State Park fee $7 per car.
Written 20 November 2020
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liberrygal
bay area, ca184 contributions
Great park!
Sep 2020 • Family
I always try to find hiking trails during our weekend getaways. We were visiting Bodega Bay but staying over in Petaluma. I looked up places to hike and found this park. When we arrived at the parking lot, I was surprised that the lot was mostly empty. Around noon, more hikers showed up. I wasn’t sure what to expect but was pleasantly surprised by the park. There were lots of trails- paved and dirt. Restroom was clean. Trails well marked. We could’ve spent more time hiking but left a bit early to get a head start on our drive back home. I would definitely come back to hike here if we’re visiting the area again.
Written 15 September 2020
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pfefmeister
San Francisco, CA2,348 contributions
Beautiful Spring Conditions
Feb 2020 • Couples
The park is in excellent shape right now, with new trails cut in, existing trails hardened, and wildflowers just starting to bloom. The poison oak is out in force bordering the trails, and this time of year, it blends in with the green vegetation, so be careful. I don’t see how you keep your dog out of it. Enough trail variations to get in a decent 2-3 aerobic hike with wonderful vistas. Popular on weekends and deservedly so.
Written 23 February 2020
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Curious07463218889
Petaluma, CA6 contributions
Great views and nice hike
Nov 2019 • Friends
Beautiful view of the Petaluma valley. Trails are easy to moderate, with a nice pond, plenty of sitting benches and a Grove of oak trees.
Written 5 November 2019
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Steve R
Petaluma, CA51 contributions
Equestrians, Bikers and Hikers welcome
Jul 2019
6 miles of trails wind through gently rolling hills, copses of California oaks, and panoramic vistas of the surrounding countryside.
Written 10 August 2019
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Terri262
Sonoma County, California43 contributions
Good Place to Hike, Even After a Rain
Jan 2019 • Couples
This is a beautiful natural park with trees, a pond, and views of Petaluma from the hills. It has paved and unpaved pathways, and horses are frequently on the trails. It has lots of ups and downs, and be aware it is fairly steep in places, and the bathrooms are not always open. There is also a playground at the park entrance. I paid $7.00 in January. There is free parking at the opposite end of the park in a neighborhood, but be ready for an uphill trek immediately!
Written 5 February 2019
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NateandMolly
Petaluma, CA27 contributions
Beautiful scenery
Nov 2018 • Family
Great park for hiking. Situated on a hillside, so no matter how you approach, there is bound to be some incline. However, once you make it up the views are spectacular and there are trails you can take without immediately heading back down. Has picnic tables and a playground for kids.
Written 15 January 2019
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emorga
Rome, GA571 contributions
wonderful trail
Dec 2018 • Family
we always enjoy this park when visiting the area. Very scenic and worth exploring. I understand its the only park like this in the area
Written 24 December 2018
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