Stories from Outdoors

5 ideas for summer outdoor fun after dark

Warm summer nights offer some of the best opportunities of the year for outdoor adventures.

Now blooming: Yellow tarweeds blanket Sonoma County fields

Through at least October, these sticky, fragrant wildflowers hold sway on roadsides and hillsides.

Gearhead: Purify your water with Sawyer’s new filter

Drink stream or lake water safely with the light, easy water filter produced by Sawyer Products.

Get outdoors this week in Sonoma County

Take a yoga hike or learn about nature and willow basket weaving.

Trail of the Week: Mount St. Helena

Climb to Sonoma County’s highest point, a strenuous 10.6-mile hike to 4,300 feet.

North Coast kelp beds ‘like a desert’ this year

Barren underwater landscape near Mendocino has been stripped of vegetation by colonies of purple urchins, abalone fishermen say. It looks ‘like a fire went through.’

Shrinking Kenwood Marsh protects a beauty

Volunteers preserve a marshy habitat for the endangered checkerbloom flower at Deerfield Ranch Winery in Kenwood.

Where to go on a weekend drive through Tomales

It’s hard to beat a day trip to Tomales Bay and West Marin. Don’t miss these beloved spots.

Gearhead: Walk on water with Mirage Eclipse

Replace paddling with pedaling to power your way through water on this lightweight board.

Get outdoors with these local events

Coming up is an all ages, free campfire gathering at Sonoma State HIstoric Park’s Barracks Courtyard on Friday.

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