Looking for a great trail in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, California? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 12 moderate trails in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park ranging from 2.7 to 11.1 miles and from 652 to 2,736 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!





wild flowers

no dogs

nature trips


bird watching


kid friendly


Situated east of Santa Rosa, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is a beautiful oasis of hills, meadows, canyons, and rocky outcroppings. The park boasts miles of trails for hiking, horseback riding, and wildlife viewing. The park's altitude ranges from 600 feet all the way to 2,800 at the peak of Bald Mountain. Dogs are not allowed on trails or in the backcountry areas.

Very challenging but worth it! The elevation gain is brutal and some of the trail is very rocky with little shade. Please don’t let that scare you because the views are incredible. On a clear day you can see for what feels like forever. Trail is very well maintained and marked. Parking can be a little limited but the trail head is super easy to find. Highly recommend!!

I thought this trail was pretty easy until we passed the Nattkemper bench, which is when it got really steep and strenuous. AllTrails lists this trail as 5.9 miles round trip but I clocked it 8.2 on my Fitbit (phone died on my way down). Very rocky as you get higher so try to protect those ankles. No shade.

Incredible work out! Involves some scrambling. The views and elevated heart rate make it all worth it. Not puppy friendly :-(

Wow what a beautiful trail. Very well-maintained, little bit of poison oak creeping around at the edges, but no big deal.

Great hike with 5 kids 3-10 years

Great Hike. Nice views. Quite strengthening due to frequent ups and downs

It's an easy trail, varying between a very wide and well maintained dirt path to a fire road. So, no technical or challenging parts at all, but it's steep much of the way. There is a pretty steady uphill grade from beginning to summit with few breaks. It's a lovely hike and the view from the top is great although it can get pretty windy up there!

Not the easiest but not the hardest. There's a brook where you need to hop over some rocks and then farther up some big jagged rocks to climb but it's worth it.

2 months ago

Great trail for a family hike. Kids loved the waterfall and searching for tracks and scat up on the hill. Definitely 4-5 year old friendly.

no shade
2 months ago

I consider myself an occasional hiker. This hike was a definite butt blaster; it was steep going up to the top but it was worth it. I started about 11:30 am and got to the top in an hour and a half. Fortunately the air was crisp and it was slightly nippy, which made for a great hike especially since the trail was not shaded. I was still able to see Mount Tamalpais, Mount St.Helena, Cobb mountain, Napa, Sonoma Valley, Sonoma Mountain Ridge, to name a few. On the way back I took Vista Trail, which was quite interesting. This trail was somewhat shaded and run parallel to a creek. I was happy that I made it to the top.

off trail
2 months ago

Main trail is paved but there are a bunch of little trails off the main trailhead. I took some little back trails up to the summit then the main trail back down. Ended up being 7.5 miles and 2k' climb. Nice area.

Great hike! Well maintained. Nice views

2 months ago

Stunning!!! This was such a beautiful hike with a beautiful waterfall at the end. The trail was mostly in the shade in the woods. It had different kinds of terrain mixed with wooden steps and hills so it was a great workout!! We ended up taking the Stern/Bald Mountain trail back so we could get in more elevation and we ended up with 4 miles and a 1120 ft elevation gain. Will definitely do this again!!!

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