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

Jun
26
Mon
RFO: The Night Sky Classes @ Robert Ferguson Observatory
Jun 26 @ 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.

Jun
27
Tue
Sugarloaf Introductory Backpacking Camp: Session 2 @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 27 – Jun 29 all-day

Session 2 of our Introductory Backpacking Adventure, by popular demand! Registration details coming soon!!

Introductory Backpacking Adventure is a great introduction to backpacking for campers ages 10-14. This 3-day, 2-night camp is based at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

Our goals include providing an unforgettable experience exploring some of the more difficult trails of the park during the day, camping under the stars at night and enjoying the peace and quiet. Throughout camp, participants will be guided along trails where our experienced leaders have extensive knowledge of flora and fauna, as well as camping tips and trail safety. Every day we will be on the trail for 3-4 hours, taking our time, enjoying the views, exploring streams, and ensuring that participants are calm and comfortable in the outdoors.  We will strive to foster an appreciation for the wilderness, nature, and our local watershed.

Campers will participate in setting goals, building self-confidence, and engaging in group activities. Participants will also learn basic backpacking skills, wilderness ethics, and follow the Leave No Trace principles. This camp encourages long lasting memories, appreciation for the outdoors, and a better awareness of ourselves and the world around us.

Jun
29
Thu
Trail Clearing & Construction Day @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 29 @ 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

Jul
1
Sat
Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 1 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek,   On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek.   The hike starts at the visitors center.  No fee, but parking charges apply.   

Jul
4
Tue
Fourth of July Fireworks Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 4 @ 6:45 pm – 11:00 pm
Join “Bill & Dave Hikes” and Team Sugarloaf for your chance to climb the tallest mountain in Sonoma Valley– Bald Mountain– a spectacular vantage point to view as many as 18 different fireworks displays!
Upon arrival at the top, you’ll enjoy a mountaintop reception. We’ll be serving hearty snacks and sweets, lemonade and water. Feel free to pack a picnic or a bottle of wine.
Kick back, relax, and enjoy the beautiful sights of fireworks displays that span the Bay Area– from Windsor in the north, Berkeley and Oakland in the east, San Francisco to the south, with possible views into the south bay.
This special July 4th fundraiser/hike is by reservation only.
Space is limited to 80 guests. Event is expected to sell out. Reserve your space now!
Price per ticket is $50, and 100% of proceeds support Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.
Kids 12-17 are $10. Not recommended for children under 12.
Hike is approximately 6.5 miles round trip. Expect approx. 1.5 hours hiking time each way.
ARRIVAL:
Please arrive at the group camp site (near the Observatory) with your reservation confirmation NO LATER THAN 6:45 PM. Hike begins promptly at 7 pm in order to assure our arrival at the top before dark.
WHAT TO BRING:
* Drinking water for the hike up. We’ll have plenty to drink at the top
* Headlamp or flashlight
* Binoculars, optional
* Blanket
* Cloth napkin to reduce waste and help keep our park clean
WHAT TO WEAR:  Proper attire with sturdy hiking or trail shoes and layered clothing is a must. It will be cool and windy at the top. Please be prepared with an extra layer.
We will return to the parking lot at approximately 11pm.

Jul
8
Sat
Sugar-Hood Shuttle @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Want to do a through hike from Sugarloaf to Hood Mountain or vice versa?  Ride the Sugar-Hood Shuttle.

How it works
Every half hour our Shuttle will leave from either Sugarloaf Park or Hood Mountain Regional Park’s Pythian Road Parking Lot.  Make a reservation and then ride to the other end of the trail, or hike and ride back.   Riding first and hiking back to your car is the easiest way – no worries about how long you take to finish your adventure.

We recommend a reservation, but you can ride on a space available basis as well.

The hike should take 3.5 to 4.5 hours.

The distance is about 7.4 miles with approximately 2300 foot vertical climb.

Suggested donation of $10

Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek,   On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek.   The hike starts at the visitors center.  No fee, but parking charges apply.   

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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.