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Full Moon Sears Point Sunset Hike 8-13-19

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You’ve driven by Cougar Mountain near Hwy 37, but this hike will give you a whole new perspective. We’ll slow down from all the bustle below as we hike into the uplands of Sears Point Ranch to enjoy the sunset and full moon above San Pablo Bay.

Level 3- inclines, uneven footing and off-trail exploring

About Sears Point Ranch

In 2005, recognizing the important ecological and economic benefits of wetlands, Sonoma Land Trust seized the opportunity to restore critical marshland along San Pablo Bay by purchasing the 2,327-acre Sears Point Ranch property. Located on the edge of the bay between the mouth of the Petaluma River and Tolay Creek, our vision for Sears Point was to restore tidal, seasonal and riparian wetlands, along with streams and upland habitats, for a wide range of native plants and animals. We were also focused on protecting the open space, and developing recreational and educational opportunities — including extending the San Francisco Bay Trail. While we transferred most of the lowlands ranch (south of Highway 37) to San Pablo Bay National Wildlife Refuge in 2015, we retain the Ralph Benson Center at the Baylands along with the upland portion of the ranch on the northern side of Highway 37.

Our remaining 1,142 acres of the original ranch are characterized by grasslands spanning the vast hillsides and alluvial plains, some of which were also tidal wetlands before the land was diked for farmland in the 1800s. Spectacular wildflower blooms punctuate the hillsides in spring, giving way to golden grasses for much of the rest of the year. Nearly nine miles of seasonal creeks dissect the hills, depositing sediment, nutrients and seeds into the plains. Our goals here are to restore native habitats for a variety of species, including red-legged frogs and burrowing owls, and to provide opportunities for classes, research and guided hikes — we bring people out to walk, enjoy the spring wildflowers, look for raptors and take in the beautiful vistas. And, as a working cattle ranch, we value our relationship with the agricultural community and are assisted in our land management by their cattle, who help reduce the incidence of non-native species.

If you have any questions please contact us at outings@sonomalandtrust.org or (707) 526-6930 x 110.


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