On a cloudy Sunday morning, Green Valley’s Jason Alandy participated in a hike that went from Tolay Lake to Gloria Ferrer Caves and Vineyards. The group met at Gloria Ferrer and was taken by the California Wine Tours bus over to the Tolay Lake Park. Tolay Park is only open to permitted visitors at this time, although with the Master Planning of the Park underway, it will hopefully be open to the general public within the next few years. Part of the hike took place over private property, and the land owners were kind enough to allow hikers to pass on their land. After a brief orientation at Tolay to go over the schedule and pick up our lunches, the hike commenced. Tolay had recently held the Fall Festival and hikers walked right along the road where hay rides are given on the way to picking out pumpkins.
After climbing 700 feet up, the tour stopped for lunch, provided by Sonoma Market, and enjoyed the beautiful scenery. Thankfully Ranger Brandon had brought up picnic tables and hay bales for all to sit on. Typically the area is very windy but was calm that day. On a clear day, one can see the Bay Bridge and San Francisco, but it was a little hazy on Sunday. Its definitely recommended to bring binoculars to enjoy all the amazing sites!