SEC Hike at Saddle Mountain Preserve with Open Space District

  • Dec 4, 2021 - May 11, 2024
  • Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve

    6975 Montecito Boulevard (meeting point)
    Santa Rosa, California 95409
Ticket Price Free This event is now over

Join SEC Staff as we explore the enchanting 960-acre Saddle Mountain preserve, nestled above Rincon Valley in the breathtaking Mayacamas Mountain Range on the eastern boundary of Santa Rosa. Led by the knowledgeable SEC education program manager, Tony Passantino, this guided hike promises an immersive experience on Ag + Open Space-owned land recently touched by the Glass Fire.

Discover the fascinating world of post-fire land management as we delve into topics such as wildfire ecology, forest resiliency, and the many benefits of fire on California native landscapes. This moderately strenuous hike spans approximately 4 miles, offering a thrilling journey along established trails and fire roads with substantial elevation gain.

As you traverse the picturesque landscape, be prepared to encounter a shallow water crossing that may require getting your feet wet, adding an element of excitement to the adventure—especially after recent rains. Remember to pack water and a snack, and equip yourself for the day's weather. While the hike proceeds in light rain, heavy rain will regrettably lead to cancellation.

This outing comes at no cost, thanks to the support of the voters of Sonoma County who fund the incredible work of Ag + Open Space through a quarter-cent sales tax. For any inquiries or concerns, reach out to Tony Passantino at

Photo courtesy of Andrea Dunlap.

Date & Time

Dec 4, 2021 - May 11, 2024

Venue Details

Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve

6975 Montecito Boulevard (meeting point)
Santa Rosa, California 95409 Saddle Mountain Open Space Preserve
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