Outing / Event Description

Puma Hike at Willow Creek | 08.10.13


10, 2013


10:00 AM TO 1:30 PM
Status: Closed

Space is limited and RSVP required (scroll to bottom of this page to register).

Join LandPaths & the Felidae Conservation Fund for a hike at Willow Creek State Park. We'll hike up to 'Islands In the Sky' at for a look at some of the evidence of our resident pumas.  The 4-5 mile hike itself takes us from the Freezeout Flat area outside Duncan’s Mills, up through bay, oak and redwoods forests onto the grass-covered ridge of this 3,300 acre State Park, protected by your Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District.  This is a strenuous hike for most people.  The trail is steep in sections and we will be climbing for the first mile (1,000 foot elevation gain) of the trip. The last mile will be downhill.

Safety / Guidelines: Please come prepared for variable weather.  Dress in layers!  We will hike at a pace that allows us to stay together as a group.  Hiking poles are recommended for the downhill portion of our hike.  This is a strenuous hike.      

When: We’ll meet promptly at 10 am on Saturday, August 10th. Thanks for your promptness! We plan to return to our vehicles by about 1:30 pm. Please also note that we will lock our vehicles inside the property; hence your prompt arrival allows us to lock the gate behind the last vehicle and get on the trail.  This also means that early departures cannot be accommodated, except in the case of medical emergencies.

Where:  We will meet at the “Freezeout Flat” Willow Creek Park entrance off Freezeout Road, just outside and southeast of the town of Duncan’s Mills off Moscow Road.  Take 116 west to Duncans Mills, turn LEFT on Moscow Rd go through town and across the bridge, immediately as you exit the bridge look for Freezeout road on your Right hand side.  Turn RIGHT (south) on Freezeout Road (immediately after the bridge) and look for the 2nd gate on your left; proceed through gate to the parking lot.  Do not park outside the gate on the street.

What to bring:  Sturdy boots or shoes, layered clothing, picnic lunch, snacks & water, binoculars, hiking poles or stick, something to sit on during lunch.


   To make a donation to support wild cat research, education, & conservation visit the Felidae Conservation Fund website, or bring a donation with you Saturday.

Details, Details:

  • There is no cost for this hike thanks to support of partner agencies and donors like you - donations are welcome and are critical to keeping this park open & stewarded.
  • Please review the hike options & make sure you are prepared
  • We will stay together as a group
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver prior to the hike
  • No pets or smoking are permitted and absolutely no smoking pets!  
  • There are no restrooms on our route.  There will be plenty of ‘topographic diversity’ – please plan accordingly. 

The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District protects land in Sonoma County and LandPaths connects you with that land.  This program is made possible though a partnership between the District and non-profit partner LandPaths.  It is sponsored by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax, and is coordinated & guided by LandPaths.   


Host Details
Willow Creek