Tolay Lake

Tolay Lake, the newest regional park in Sonoma County, has provided me with enjoyable riding since it opened last year, but it’s highly sensitive to weather conditions. During our rainy season, the trails become very mushy and get churned up (and mixed with fresh manure) by grazing cattle. In hot weather, the lack of trees means almost zero shade and heavy bombardment by fierce UV radiation reflected from every direction by golden brown grass. Today promised dry trails, relatively cool temperatures, and a little cloud cover, so I jumped at the chance to pedal up and down the modest ridges in the park.

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8 response to "Tolay Lake"

  1. By: Lah Posted: July 10, 2019

    Bill, the scenery is gorgeous!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 11, 2019

      It’s a delightful little park that doesn’t get much use, perhaps because of the free roaming cattle.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: July 11, 2019

    That is a great park — so you rode across the pastures as well as the trails — off-roading!
    And did it with a 2X1 (2 legs, 1wheel drive) Take THAT you Jeep Rubicon peoples!!

    • By: Bill Stone Posted: July 11, 2019

      At Tolay, it is not always possible to distinguish among trail, cow path, and pasture. 😉

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