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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.

Really nice hike and would’ve gotten five stars except for much of the trail is a paved road. Ordinarily views are great but we are experiencing a lot of smoke from the fires to the north

Did 8-mi loop: Loved the experience! I went with two of my friends. We intended to do the 5.1-mile loop, but ended up taking the longer route (7.9-mile: returning via Gray Pine trail) instead. Though the return path was unpaved, steep at times, long and rough, we did it! I feel so accomplished. I would definitely recommend this to anyone with some hiking experience. Please grab the map at the park and go through the list of trails with descriptions given - very handy.

Breathtaking views from the top!

Great hike for all ages

This trail was alot of fun. It's a good challenge and the view from the top was totally worth it. Can be very windy.

As a beginner hiker, the ascent was challenging (many steep stairs) but manageable and the descent was much easier! Waterfalls were really cool and we saw deer as we hiked :)

hiking
4 months ago

Incredible view across the width of the state!

hiking
4 months ago

A spectacular and recently improved trail: better than before the fires. Untouched hillsides alternate with moonscapes of severe fire damage. Amazing wildflowers shoot up out of blackened earth amid the still- present odor of burned vegetation. The views from the top have been improved by replacement of informational signs which were faded and damaged over the years. Nice new bench on top. A good hike when other parks’ trails are muddy as most of this trail is paved.

In the past we have seen flocks of wild turkeys. Also rattlers—-be careful!

The Brushy Peaks trail, along with a few others are still closed because of the fires last year. However, Team Sugarloaf has done an awesome job with rebuilding, so I don't expect the trails to stay closed for much longer (fingers crossed). I ended up doing Bald Mt trail to Grey Pine trail to Meadow trail to do a loop.

Despite the inclement weather and heavy cloud cover, the 'views' were spectacular. The rolling fog passing over the charred manzanita scrub on Bald Mt was almost surreal.

hiking
4 months ago

Great views and not too difficult if your used to a semi long hike.

The lower Pony trails entrance is still closed from the wildfires, so we just ended up doing a down and back from the upper canyon trail head. The waterfall is epic after a good rain!

hiking
5 months ago

Hands down, Bald Mountain has the best views in the county! We came up Stern Trail to Bald Mountain Trail (all fire roads), then stopped for a picnic lunch at the top of Bald Mountain. It was a crystal clear day, and we could see south to all the Bay Area land marks...Mt Tam, the Transamerica building in SF, Mt Diablo, and beyond, and north east to St Helena, Mt St Helena, and Cobb Mountain. To the west we could see all the way out to the coast. We came down Grey Pine Trail, which was much more rutted and rolling, with very steep areas and loose gravel. More beautiful views, but a strenuous decent in areas.
This was 4.5 months after the fires, and while some areas are totally devastated, a lot of the park survived and many burn areas are showing signs of life. A few trails are still closed to the public, and the ones that are open wind through completely burnt out areas followed by untouched areas. It’s eerie.
Looking across the valley to Hood Mountain was depressing. That park was hit hard with large swaths of redwood forest totally burnt. The volunteer at Sugarloaf told us the restoration work hasn’t even begun at Hood.
It will be a long before Sugarloaf looks like it used to, but it’s still gorgeous and worth the trip.

hiking
6 months ago

Unless you are an experienced hiker and fit - I am not - this would be a moderate trail. I was here to help with some trail work after the fires and only hiked about a mile of the trail and it was slow going for me. Keep in mind I'm new to walking/hiking trails and I was carrying a wet 4"x6"x4' fence post. It was beautiful the whole way though. I'm looking forward to hiking the whole trail after I've gained more experience.

Nice quiet park and campground. Spent 2 days hiking. Dogs are allowed in the campground and on the asphalt roads on a leach.

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Very nice trail, challenging without it being impossible for beginners

hiking
Monday, August 07, 2017

Many times

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Moderate for sure, beautiful all the way up and down.

on Vista Trail

hiking
Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Awesome trail. Great views. Good workout.

We parked on the road where several cars can park. Took the trail open onto the road and started downhill. After 10 minutes or so we took a detour to see the waterfalls which we could hear all the while. Isolated, beautiful. Plentiful water. In the shade all the while. Very steep rock climbing but there are narrow trails. Smells like bay. Loved it.

One hour. Pretty vista. Water in the creeks still. Wide fire trail.

hiking
Thursday, July 06, 2017

Not much of a hike and the waterfall wasn't too full because of the heat In summer. But still fun because it's nature. If you want a real hike with a reward so good mountain which is a couple minutes away

trail running
Thursday, June 01, 2017

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

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

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!

Great hike! Going up Ridge Trail was a little tedious if you're not in good shape, but it's a beautiful trail nonetheless

Monday, March 20, 2017

Challenging but a great hike. Love it!

Nice simple waterfall. Lots of unexpected stairs.

hiking
Saturday, February 25, 2017

nice views and easy to follow

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Moderately strenuous with amazing panoramic views stretching from the golden gate to the sierras. Well marked trail and easy access. Go do it!

hiking
Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Great 360 views. San Francisco to the South, Snow Mountain North, Sierra's to the East.

Great going down hard to go back up water fall is beautiful

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