600 acres including the Historic Orchard were annexed to Jack London State Park in 2006. There are still fruit bearing trees in this 80 acre orchard, including pears, apricots, prunes, plums, and apples. Many are rare varieties. The orchard was part of a working farm, managed in part by residents of the Sonoma Development Center. The dairy, canning, gardening and fruit growing operations ceased when state funding changed the nature of the Center.
From the picnic table go right uphill to the T intersection and take a left which will take you to Camp Via less than a mile. There are bathrooms in the small cabin camp area. Picnic tables and water from a faucet. Return through the wide center trail in the middle of the orchard acreage and at the T intersection go right to reconnect to the Camp Via Trail. To extend the hike go left to intersect with Fallen Bridge in less than a quarter mile. This trail is woodsy and cooler and narrow, a nice change. Cross the wooden bridge to stay left unless you want to go to the park summit, another 4 miles!
Distance, category and difficulty: Moderate with some strenuous uphills, from 4 miles to 7 miles or more.
Trail traffic: Horses, bikes, hikers. Dogs are not allowed on any back country trails in the park.
Trail surfaces: Varied, some wet areas in winter and spring.
Hiking time: 2.5 to 4 hours
Season: All seasons