Riddell Preserve

With its magnificent native grasslands, pure madrone stands, redwood fairy rings, and perennial springs, Riddell Preserve is a 400-acre wonderland above Dry Creek Valley. Hike miles of oak-dotted hills, moss-coated rocks, and swaths of ferns.Sleep under the stars on the deck of a rustic cabin. Learn about mushrooms and herbal medicine from our guest experts in this peaceful and truly wild place. 

Riddell is a community hub with a precious, remote quality that offers vital opportunities for backcountry exploration, daylong outings, and overnight adventures. 

How to Get Involved

Riddell Preserve is not open to the public but you are invited to experience the land through one of our many program opportunities: 

  • Register for an upcoming outing at Riddell Preserve. 
  • Participate in a stewardship workday. Volunteers help with trail-building, remove invasive species, and contribute to our wildfire fuel reduction efforts. 
  • Join us for a stewardship campout during the summer months. 

History 

Riddell Preserve is located on the original homeland of the Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians. No evidence exists of permanent Native American sites on the preserve, but the tribe probably traveled extensively throughout the land, collecting seasonal resources, hunting, and perhaps establishing temporary villages.  

A rock dam in the northwest corner of the preserve is believed to have been built during the era of Mexican settlement. In the mid-18th century, the grasslands were used as pasturage for sheep and horses.  

Kay and Bob Riddell bought the land in 1971 as a family getaway. They enjoyed the escape from the city and camped there for many years. When their son Steve became ill with leukemia, the family built a cabin on the land as a refuge for him. 

 After Steve passed away, the Riddells donated the property to LandPaths. We shared a common vision of preserving the wild beauty of the place, while guaranteeing that others, especially children, could experience and love the place as their family still does. We’ve honored that legacy our programs and outings that connect people with the land throughout the seasons.  

LandPaths staff and volunteers began work on a trail system in 2016. An access road was rebuilt in 2017. We continue to expand the trail system every year thanks to the help of dedicated volunteers like you!

Questions about Riddell Preserve?  

Emmett Hopkins
Community Care Manager
707. 544.7284 x  114
emmett@landpaths.org  

Jim Riddell

" The more you’re here, the more it soaks into your bones "

Participate

Stewardship Workday

Saturday, January 25; 9am to 1pm

Trail work includes maintenance of  trails, cutting vegetation, and clearing dirt off the trail.  There are tasks for everyone!

No experience necessary. LandPaths will provide necessary tools, but feel free to bring your own if you have them.  Helpful tools include loppers and hand saws.

Vamos Afuera: Búsqueda de Hongos

Domingo, 26 de enero; 10am to 2pm

Aprenderemos sobre el importante papel de los hongos en nuestro ecosistema mientras tratamos de encontrar hongos diferentes y extraños. Nos acompañara un experto/a en micología en una caminata relajada por la propiedad protegida para siempre por Sonoma County Ag + Open Space. ¡Traiga a toda la familia para aprender sobre el maravilloso mundo de los hongos!

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