To add a little zip to the laid-back wine country lifestyle, grab your mountain bike and head to Sonoma County’s premier knobby tire playground—Annadel State Park. Riders of all levels will enjoy the 40 miles of trails—much of it singletrack. Perm-a-grin is a common side effect as you zigzag through 5,000 acres of woodlands, meadows, marshes, and rolling hills. For an intermediate experience, head up Warren Richardson trail through the canopy of Douglas fir forest. Veer off onto Two Quarry Trail; climbing the toughest part of the ride (some sections might require a hike-a-bike). Pop out at the expansive Buick Meadow keeping an eye out for deer, coyotes, and the occasional golden eagle. Then enjoy a 3-mile section of the Marsh Trail weaving to the 26-acre Lake Ilsanjo. Ahhh, refreshment. Take a dip! Soak in the sun to dry off then hop back on your bike. You’re only a short downhill ride away from the parking lot.
For directions to the park, visit Annadel State Park’s Web site. From the parking area, climb up Warren Richardson fire road for 1 mile; take Two Quarry Trail on the left. Stay on it for about 2 miles. Make a right on Marsh Trail and go about 3 miles. At the Canyon Trail intersection go right toward the lake. Follow the Lake Trail around the lake and get back on the Warren Richardson fire road which takes you back to the parking lot.