Hiking Galore

Enjoy over 25 miles of trails for every level of hiking ability

Stunning Beauty

Adventure and exploration the entire family will love

Headwaters to Sonoma Creek

Enjoy a 25-foot waterfall flows after the winter rains!

Stay and Explore

Forty Seven campsites plus there is group camping available too

Upcoming Events

Apr
24
Mon
Forest Therapy: A Doctor’s Perspective @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 24 @ 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Learn about Forest Therapy and the medical science behind the practice.  Dr. Hackenmiller, a board certified Gynecologist and graduate of Dr. Andrew Wiels Integrative Medical program is a leader in bringing Forest Therapy to the medical community.   Dr. Hackenmiller practices at the Integrative Health Center and Mercy Hospital in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
More on her background below.
http://www.mercycare.org/doctors/doctor-public-profile/suzanne-bartlett/
http://littlevillagemag.com/ur-here-the-japanese-art-of-forest-bathing-invites-you-to-soak-up-nature-hug-a-tree/
The talk will take place at the beautiful Sugarloaf Amphitheatre, and seats are free but limited, so please register.
Sponsored by Team Sugarloaf, Sonoma County Park Rx, and The Association of Nature and Forest Therapy.
www.sugarloafpark.org
www.parkrx-sonomacounty.org
http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/

RFO: The Night Sky Classes @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Apr 24 @ 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

The three seasonal series (six classes each) are designed for everyone from total beginners to experienced amateur observers. Whether you want to learn the constellations or have a telescope and want to expand your knowledge of viewing objects, these classes have something for you.

The focus is on learning the night sky in a “geographic” sense…locating yourself in our solar system, our Milky Way and our local galaxy cluster neighborhoods!
A few constellations are introduced in each class—their myths, history and interesting stars. We also cover deep sky objects such as the beautiful nebulae and clusters that never cease to awe and amaze.

After each class (sky conditions permitting), we go outside to locate the constellations just presented. We then move to the Observatory’s telescopes to view objects within the featured constellations, until or beyond 10:30 PM (11:30 PM daylight time).

Basic topics are repeated in each series so that concepts become familiar. Persons who take all three Night Sky series (18 classes in all) will learn the entire sky viewable from our northern latitude. (The winter sky is split between the Fall and Spring Series).

Fee:

Series: $75
Single Session: $23
(available after first class of each series)

Camping: Discounted rate of $25 when attending these classes

Prices include admission to the State Park at class time.

Apr
27
Thu
Trail Clearing & Construction Day @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 27 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help us keep our trails clear of brush and free of mud and rocks and assiste with construction and maintenance projects such as painting and building repair.  Meet at the White Barn at 9:00.   Tools provided, no experience needed.  And lunch included!
Volunteers like you make the difference at Sugarloaf.
To RSVP and if you have questions email john@sonomaecologycenter.org

Apr
29
Sat
Headwaters to Headwaters: A Mayacamas Hike Extravaganza @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park - Observatory
Apr 29 @ 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

Join us for a very rare opportunity to hike from Hood Mountain Regional Park to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park via the historic McCormick Ranch section of Sugarloaf. This event will be a grand tour of the Mayacamas Mountains in the northern half of Sonoma Valley and will pass close to the headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek and Sonoma Creeks. The Perry family has generously given permission to hike through their property, allowing our adventure to go the back way along the Napa/Sonoma county line. The route will take participants through some of the wildest and most beautiful sections of Sonoma County filled with massive trees and lovely wildflowers. The terrain also has some amazing history especially of the McCormick and Hurd families. At the end of the 11-mile hike, join your fellow adventurers for a delicious barbecue meal at the Sugarloaf day use picnic area, beer and wine included.   LIMITED SPACE – Get tickets soon.  

Participants will park at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park at 9 AM, and Team Sugarloaf will shuttle them to the Los Alamos parking lot of Hood Mountain Regional Park. From there, hikers will follow the Hood Mountain Trail down to Homestead Meadow and then cross into the McCormick addition of Sugarloaf. We will work our way up Quercus Trail and Grandmother Oak Trail and overlook the former Spaulding property before taking a lunch break at Red Hill. Continuing up Maple Glen Trail, our group with permission from Jim Perry, will hike southeast along the county line and enter Sugarloaf before taking a break at the Red Barn with snacks and cold drinks provided by Team Sugarloaf. The group will then proceed up to Bald Mountain and finally work its way back down to the day use area at Sugarloaf for a barbecue dinner. The route covers approximately 11 miles with elevation gain of about 2800 ft. We expect to arrive at the barbecue about 4:30 PM.

Tickets are $40, and all profits will be split between Team Sugarloaf and the Sonoma County Regional Parks Foundation. Team Sugarloaf, The Sonoma Ecology Center, Sonoma County Regional Parks, and Bill and Dave Hikes are the hike sponsors and organizers.

Please bring a lunch, snacks, and water and be prepared to walk 11 miles over the steep and sometimes rough terrain. Also, dress appropriately for the weather.  Tickets here!

Planet Walk Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 29 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm

Please join us for a guided hike along the Planet Walk with RFO docents. Along the way they will speak about each planet in our solar system, with chances to view local wildflowers along the way. This hike come with “passports” booklets for all participants, where you will receive a stamp for each planet you reach. There will be two different options for this hike: 1, travel along Meadow trail to Brushy Peaks until you reach Uranus, then head back on Hillside trail. This is a 2 mile loop with 250 ft elevation gain. Then option 2, Do the full Planet Walk Loop to Pluto of 6.3 miles with a 1100 ft elevation gain traveling along Brushy Peaks to Grey Pine and back through Meadow. Cost is $10 per person parking fees still apply. Please bring a lunch and water.

Purchase tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2912100

RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Apr 29 @ 11:00 am – 3:00 pm

-Solar Observing:  Time: 11AM – 3PM.  Come and view our closest star and learn about sunspots, prominences, flares and more. We observe with both visible light and radio telescopes.  No Charge.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.

RFO Public Star Party @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Apr 29 @ 8:00 pm – Apr 30 @ 12:00 am

-Presentations on astronomical topics are given in the classroom throughout the course of the evening. Starting at dusk, the Observatory’s three main telescopes are open for your viewing. Docents set up additional telescopes in front of the building. Friendly and knowledgeable docents are available to answer your questions.
For more info please visit Robert Ferguson Observatory Website: http://www.rfo.org/.RFO in the daytime

Support Sugarloaf

Your donations help keep Sugarloaf open for all!

Visit Our Partner Site to Learn More

Keep in Touch!

Newsletter Signup

Camping at Sugarloaf

You can enjoy camping year-round at Sugarloaf with 47 family-friendly and alchohol free camping spaces surrounded by a large meadow, bordered by a year-round stream and a hillside forest.

Stargazing at Robert Ferguson Observatory

Completely dedicated to public viewing and education, the Robert Ferguson Observatory is the largest in the western United States and it’s right here at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

School Programs

With over 25 miles of trails, year-round camping, a seasonal waterfall, one of the highest peaks in Sonoma County, and the headwaters to Sonoma Creek Sugarloaf offers a wide range of educational opportunities for classes of all ages.