hiking

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

trail running

birding

nature trips

kid friendly

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is named for the shape of the ridge at its southern edge. In the 1800s, sugar was molded into cone-shaped loaves; many hills and mountains with a conical shape were whimsically called “sugarloaf.” The 4,020-acre park is located northeast of Kenwood in the Mayacamas Mountains between the lush Sonoma and Napa valleys and has 25 miles of trails for hiking and horseback riding. Elevations in the park range from 600 feet at the entrance to 2,729 feet at the top of Bald Mountain, overlooking the Napa Valley and Mount Saint Helena to the north. On clear days, you can see the Golden Gate Bridge and the Sierra Nevada from Bald Mountain’s summit. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park contains the headwaters of Sonoma Creek. It runs through gorge and canyon, across the meadow floor, beneath scenic rock outcroppings, and is surrounded at times by redwoods and ferns. Deer, gray foxes, the occasional bobcat and coyote can be seen in the park. In spring, wildflowers provide a colorful palette across the green hills. Temperatures during spring and fall are mild. The wettest months - from November to April - can bring 30 to 40 inches of rain. Wintertime lows can drop into the 20s, but daytime highs average 50s and 60s. Summer is hot and dry, often in the 90s, cooling to the 40s in the evenings. Wear a hat, and bring drinking water. Dogs are not allowed on trails or in the backcountry areas.

hiking
16 days ago

Spot on workout for a half day hike.
Bring several liters of fluid if starting in the afternoon during Summer. Few people on the trail & all friendly.

You really only need to go a quarter mile off the main road to see the waterfall.

hiking
29 days ago

Coming up Bald Mountain I was kind of bummed out because I didn't find the hike to be that pretty but when I got up to the top I realized that there were other paths to take. First, the view from the top of Bald Mountain are pretty amazing. I decided to go down Old Red Barn trail which is a good descent to a cool end of the trail and then a good climb back up. Once I got up top, I took Gray Plain trail down, met with Red Men. Trail, then Headwaters Trail and then Vista Trail. There were so many variations of trees, vegetation, scenery, little animals, creeks and views. The best was on Vista where there are two large rocks that you climb on and sit and look at the entire valley. Then I met Bald Mountain and took it back to the parking lot. All in all, great hike, 12 miles. I will do it again going up the way I came down. Best hike I have been on in Sonoma County!

This was a nice hike. The Sugarloaf part was calm and peaceful with slight elevation but when you pass into the Mount Hood side, that is where the work begins! There was some tough terrain and pretty good inclines but the view from Gunshot (?) Point is INCREDIBLE!!!!! You definitely need GOOD HIKING SHOES when coming down. Another way to get to Gunshot Point is from the Hood Mountain Trail which is a longer hike without as much sites visually coming up. Either way, its a great workout and that view..... Heaven! :) I spent an hour just laying in the sun on a rock, it was my birthday present to myself!

hiking
1 month ago

Love it!