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

Sep
23
Sat
ParkRx – Hiking for Fitness Series @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sep 23 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Please Join us for an 8-week Hiking for Fitness Program. The program leaders will guide you on a series of weekly hikes with the challenge increasing each week. Before the first hike, the leader will discuss proper shoes, hydration, incorporating hiking poles, proper pacing, etc. The group’s final hike will be to the top of Bald Mountain where hikers can enjoy the stunning 360 vistas.
Hikes will start at 9 am at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The Hiking series costs $80 or free for hikers with a ParkRx from their Sonoma County Medical Provider. For more information on Park Rx please visit https://parkrx-sonomacounty.org/
 
1) Aug 5: White Barn to Uranus Sugarloaf. 2.2 Miles, 80 ft elevation
2) Aug 12: Meadow Hillside Loop. 3 miles, 250 elevation
3) Aug 19: Stern/Stern Ranch/Pony/Canyon. 3 miles, 500 elevation
4) Aug 26: Vista Trail Loop. 4.5 miles. 700 ft elevation.
5) Sept 2: Neptune Picnic Table. 5 miles. 850 ft elevation.
6) Sept 9: Goodspeed to Bench. 4.2 miles, 1000 ft. elevation.
7) Sept 16: Grey Pine/Red Mt. 5.3 miles. 1200 ft elevation.
8) Sept 23: Climb to Bald Mt. 6.2 Miles 1500 ft. elevation.

Bill & Dave Hike: Bald Mountain to Red Barn @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sep 23 @ 10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Join us Saturday, September 23, in the main parking lot of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Please arrive by 9:45 AM for a prompt 10 AM departure. We will hike to the top of Bald Mountain and then beyond to the rarely visited old Red Barn. This barn and a cabin foundation are all that remain of the Hurd family ranch, homesteaders in the early 1900s. The cabin was used as a hunting club in the 1940s and 50s and burned down in the 60s. We will see stunning views of both the Napa and Sonoma Valleys as well as the entire Bay Area. This extremely strenuous hike has a total elevation gain of 2200 feet, covers 9.5 miles, and takes approximately six hours round trip. Wear sturdy hiking shoes and layered clothing and bring a lunch and plenty of liquids. Please consider carpooling and note that there is an $8 parking fee at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. If you would like to be added to Bill & Dave’s email list for monthly announcements, please contact fmi@sonic.net

 

 

RFO Solar Viewing @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Sep 23 @ 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
Sep 23 @ 8:00 pm – Sep 24 @ 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

Sep
24
Sun
Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sep 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Susan Topf’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation. No mat necessary. Please wear weather appropriate clothing to feel comfortable being in a natural setting. For those familiar with the park, we will most likely be hiking the 2.5 mile Meadow / Hillside Loop with yoga stops in secluded glades, hilltop vistas and tranquil creekside settings. Route varies on weather conditions and group interest. Cost is $20 including parking if registered online. All levels and ages welcome.
Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2869473

Sep
28
Thu
Trail Clearing & Construction Day @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sep 28 @ 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

Sep
30
Sat
ParkRx – Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sep 30 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

Have you heard about Shinrin Yoku or “Forest bathing”?  Here is an opportunity to take a walk, and experience the practice for yourself. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress reducing qualities, of this walking practice.   Led by certified ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) practitioners.

Shinrin yoku translates as “forest bathing” or Forest Therapy, (an immersion in the beneficial influences of nature), and is a practice that originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States as well as internationally for it’s documented Health benefits. This practice takes “a walk in the woods” to another level. A very centering and calming restorative practice, promoting balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Recent articles have been written up in Oprah, Time Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications.

Check the links below for more information about the practice and in specific it’s restorative support for emotional calm, meditation, balance, blood pressure, cardio, cholesterol, sleep/anxiety, and stress reduction.

Come experience what all the interest is about. Sugarloaf State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its Parks RX program. The last Saturday of each month 9:30 to 12:30 May through November.

“I was learning to slow down and use all my senses to take in nature. After the walk, I noticed a feeling of peace and well-being.”

“What stands out the most is the shortness of the walk and the magnitude of its benefits “

“The attunement and being with nature was powerful and healing” 

“My headache went away. Everything was perfect, and the tea was so subtle and amazingly nurturing”

For tickets or more information: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2914032

ParkRX-sonomacounty.org

www.shinrin-yoku.org

www.natureandforesttherapy.org

This is a part of our “prescriptive series”, partnering with Kaiser, St. Joseph’s Hospital, Sutter Health and Sonoma Valley Hospital, to enhance the relationship between the health practitioners and the ParksRX special series. Bringing in a prescription from your healthcare professional waves the fee for the walks in ParksRX series.

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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.