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

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Adventure and exploration the entire family will love

Headwaters to Sonoma Creek

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

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Forty Seven campsites plus there is group camping available too

Upcoming Events

May
27
Sat
Parks Rx – Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 27 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

These hikes are part of our Parks Rx program, and free to those with a Rx from their participating Sonoma County Medical Provider.   Or $20 for those without a Park Prescription. Register at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2914032

Forest Therapy, also known as “Shinrin-Yoku,” refers to the practice of spending time in forested areas for the purpose of enhancing health, wellness, and happiness. The practice follows the general principle that it is beneficial to spend time bathing in the atmosphere of the forest. The Japanese words translate into English as Forest Bathing. Although we are inspired by the Japanese practice our use of the terms Forest Therapy and Shinrin-Yoku do not mean a specifically Japanese practice. We mean spending time in nature in a way that invites healing interactions. There is a long tradition of this in cultures throughout the world. Its not just about healing people; it includes healing for the forest (or river, or desert, or whatever environment you are in).

There are an infinite number of healing activities that can be incorporated into a walk in a forest or any other natural area. An activity is likely to be healing when it makes room for listening, for quiet and accepting presence, and for inquiry through all eight of the sensory modes we possess.

This view of healing interactions implies some baseline requirements for Shinrin-Yoku and Forest Therapy:
There is a specific intention to connect with nature in a healing way. This requires mindfully moving through the landscape in ways that cultivate presence, opening all the senses, and actively communicating with the land.
It is not something to rush through. Shinrin-Yoku walks are not undertaken with the primary goal of physical exercise. We prefer to avoid the term hiking because of its implications of physical exertion. As taught by the Association, Shinrin-Yoku walks are typically a mile or less and range in duration from two to four hours.
Healing interactions require giving generously of our attention. We encourage mindfulness through an evolving series of suggested invitations. Each invitation is crafted to help participants slow down and open our senses. As we do this we begin to perceive more deeply the nuances of the constant stream of communications rampant in any natural setting. We learn to let the land and its messages penetrate into our minds and hearts more deeply.
Its not a one-time event. Developing a meaningful relationship with nature occurs over time, and is deepened by returning again and again throughout the natural cycles of the seasons. Like yoga, meditation, prayer, working out, and many other worthy endeavors, shinrin-yoku is a practice. And because it is a practice, it is best to learn it from a qualified guide.
Its not just about taking walks in the forest. The walks are important, but there are other core routines that we can do that will help in our deepening relationship with nature, and in the exchange of health benefits between humans and the more- than-human-world. We often incorporate some of these practices in our guided shinrin-yoku walks, particularly the practices of sit spot, place tending, and cross-species communication.
These five elements together provide a framework for the practice of Forest Therapy.

More info on Forest Therapy at http://www.natureandforesttherapy.org/
And on Sonoma County Park Prescription Program at http://www.parkrx-sonomacounty.org/

Register at: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2914032

May
28
Sun
ParkRx – Hiking for Fitness Series
May 28 @ 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. 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 either Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or Annadell State Park. The Hiking series costs $80 plus parking 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/

Hike Series: 

1) May 7: White Barn to Uranus Sugarloaf. 2.2 Miles, 80 ft elevation
2) May 14: Meadow Hillside Loop.  3 miles, 250 elevation
3) May 21: Stern/Stern Ranch/Pony/Canyon. 3 miles, 500 elevation
4) May 28: Vista Trail Loop.  4.5 miles. 700 ft elevation.
5) June 4: Neptune Picnic Table.  5 miles. 850 ft elevation.
6) June 11: Goodspeed to Bench.  4.2 miles, 1000 ft. elevation.
7) June 18:  Grey Pine/Red Mt.. 5.3 miles.  1200 ft elevation.
8) June 25:  Climb to Bald Mt.  6.2 Miles 1500 ft. elevation.

All hikes will Start at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.  Meet at the white Barn Area. Purchase Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2913956

 

May
29
Mon
Memorial Day Family Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 29 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Come to the park for a peaceful hike through the woods, join our Docent’s for this fun family hike that is good for all ages. During this 2.2 miles hike with a 250 foot vertical, you will learn more about Sugarloaf Park and its plants, animals, and history. Weather permitting, the hike will begin and end at the Visitors Center. No RSVP needed, and no charge for the hike. $8 parking fee.

Jun
4
Sun
ParkRx – Hiking for Fitness Series
Jun 4 @ 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. 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 either Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or Annadell State Park. The Hiking series costs $80 plus parking 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/

Hike Series: 

1) May 7: White Barn to Uranus Sugarloaf. 2.2 Miles, 80 ft elevation
2) May 14: Meadow Hillside Loop.  3 miles, 250 elevation
3) May 21: Stern/Stern Ranch/Pony/Canyon. 3 miles, 500 elevation
4) May 28: Vista Trail Loop.  4.5 miles. 700 ft elevation.
5) June 4: Neptune Picnic Table.  5 miles. 850 ft elevation.
6) June 11: Goodspeed to Bench.  4.2 miles, 1000 ft. elevation.
7) June 18:  Grey Pine/Red Mt.. 5.3 miles.  1200 ft elevation.
8) June 25:  Climb to Bald Mt.  6.2 Miles 1500 ft. elevation.

All hikes will Start at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.  Meet at the white Barn Area. Purchase Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2913956

 

Jun
8
Thu
Trail Clearing & Construction Day @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 8 @ 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

Jun
9
Fri
Full Moon and Sunset Hike to Bald Mt. @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 9 @ 6:15 pm – 10:15 pm

Bring a flashlight and your sense of wonder as you explore the park after dark.  This strenuous level hiking will begin at the white barn and head up to Bald mountain where we will see the moon rise over the Mayacamas and the sun set over Sonoma Valley.  Meet at the white Barn at 6:15 with a prompt departure at 6:30.  Moon rise and Sunset are about 8:30 pm.  This strenuous hike will cover 6.5 miles with 1500 plus of vertical with some steep sections. Dress in layers as it can get cool at the summit.

Purchase Tickets here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2954790

Jun
10
Sat
North Sonoma Mountain/Jack London Shuttle Service @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 10 @ 8:00 am – 10:30 am
Sugar-Hood Shuttle is heading to North Sonoma Mountain Regional and Jack London Shuttle Service
Want to do a through hike from North Sonoma to Jack London Park or vice versa?  Catch a ride on the Sugar Shuttle!
How it works
Every half hour our Shuttle will leave from either North Sonoma Mountain (on the hour) or Jack London State Park winery lot (on the half hour). 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 hike. First Pick up is at 8:00 am at North Sonoma Park and runs through 10:30am last pick up at Jack London Park.
We recommend a reservation, but you can ride on a space available basis as well. RSVP here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/2934483
This 9-mile one way hike should take 4 to 5 hours. This is why we recommend dropping your car off at one end and riding the shuttle to the other so you’re not having to wait for the shuttle to return when yo finish your strenuous hike.
The distance is about 9 miles with nearly 2,000 feet of climbing so bring your sunscreen and lots of water.
Map here. http://ridgetrail.outerspatial.com/applications/12/embed#14/38.3443/-122.5625
No charge for ride, but suggested donation is $10.
Shuttle operated by Team Sugarloaf / Sonoma Ecology Center.

 

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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.

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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.