Landscape Photography 101
Lafferty Ranch  

(Driving and parking directions will be sent out 2 to 3 days before the outing) 
Saturday October 7th, 11am to 3pm 

This event has been postponed until 10/14 due to excessive heat. 

A group of people walk up a dirt path towards a tree-covered hill.



Have you just started your journey into landscape photography or maybe have a camera lying around and want to figure out how to use it? Join LandPaths at Lafferty ranch for a 101 course on how to shoot landscpae photos. We will cover basic camera terminology and set up then dive into how to set up for a beautifully composed landscape shot. On top of learning more about landscape photography you get to hike though the wonderful oak woodlands of Lafferty Ranch with inspiring views of the sonoma mountains. 

Registration in advance is required. Lafferty Ranch is only open to the public during special guided outings with LandPaths and the City of Petaluma. 


  • Space is limited so register as soon as you can. 
  • You will be asked to sign a liability waiver upon arrival. 
  • No restrooms available. This is a rustic property. Please plan accordingly. 
  • You will receive a confirmation email upon registration. 
  • 2 - 3 days before the outing you will receive an email from the lead facilitator with the exact location, driving directions, and parking information 
  • Please note that there are no dogs or smoking allowed at Lafferty Ranch.


The hike will be roughly 3 miles in total. Some parts of the hike have variable steepness of about a 500 ft elevation gain and can be challenging for a short stretch. 

About the area:

This 270-acre property is the only publicly owned land on the west side of Sonoma Mountain. Under contract with the City of Petaluma, Landpaths has been leading hikes on the land to introduce groups to its history and natural features since the summer of 2022. The hiking terrain ranges from broad, gentle meadows to steep challenging hillsides. We’ll enjoy spectacular views of the Petaluma Valley, stretching southwards to Mt. Tamalpais and Mt. Diablo, all the way to San Francisco. The trail passes through groves of venerable oak and bay trees along the Adobe Creek, with a total elevation gain of 500’. You'll enjoy panoramic vistas, and a babbling, perennial stream. The hike will be above the creek up to a vista point at the mid-point meadow with panoramic views. 

What to bring:

  • Bottle of water, snacks, and lunch for the day

  • Comfortable clothing to walk in and layers in case its closed. 

  • Comfortable walking/hiking shoes (that can get dirty)

  • A digital camera 

  • Optional: Tripod for your camera 

Where we will meet you: 

Driving directions, parking details, and exact location of Lafferty Ranch will be sent 2 to 3 days before the event by the outings field specialist. Parking at Lafferty is extremely limited. You must be registered for the outing to attend. No drop-ins, please! Space is limited to those who register in advance. 


Our staff is certified in the minimum of CPR and First Aid, and they have training and years of experience working in outdoor spaces. All staff has had their backgrounds checked through fingerprinting.

Additional details:


If you have accessibility questions, please call or email us with any questions or concerns you may have.

Same-day cancellations:
Please call 707-544-7284 (then press 1) after 7 am the morning of the day if you wish to confirm. If you don't hear a cancellation notice in the highlighted voicemail, the day hasn't been canceled.

How to sign up: 

Click here! 

Do you need help registering?

  • call Roxy at 707-544-7284 ext 103 or

  • email her at

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