Explore the most popular birding trails in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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.

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2 months ago

Incredible view across the width of the state!

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2 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!

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2 months ago

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

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3 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.

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4 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.

Very nice trail, challenging without it being impossible for beginners

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10 months ago

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

on Vista Trail

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10 months ago

Awesome trail. Great views. Good workout.

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11 months ago

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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!

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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!

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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

family day hike , it was fantastic for kids

Saturday, July 02, 2016

Nice views, wanders around.

Friday, July 01, 2016

Went all the way to the top of Bald Mountain for spectacular view

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Monday, May 30, 2016

Well marked trails. Making the full loop up to Bald Mountain and the 360* view is worth the time!

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Sunday, July 12, 2015

The hike was more a leisurely stroll. The wow factor was definitely the diverse foliage that we came across going through the different terrains. The view from the top of the trail was limited due to the obstructive surrounding hills and mountains. Still, a good all around hike.

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

A moderate hike with steep climb up to the ridge and down to the valley. Nice views of the surrounding mountains and valleys.

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