Explore the most popular views 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.

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 :)

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1 month ago

Incredible view across the width of the state!

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1 month 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.

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1 month 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!

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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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3 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

Many times

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9 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.

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.

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10 months ago

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

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

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11 months 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!

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Saturday, April 01, 2017

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

Challenging but a great hike. Love it!

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Sunday, March 19, 2017

Nice simple waterfall. Lots of unexpected stairs.

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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.

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

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Sunday, November 06, 2016

family day hike , it was fantastic for kids

Sunday, October 09, 2016

Well defined. Lots of sun. Not busy. Might be worth an annual pass to this park. Had restrooms at base which was a plus.

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