Looking for a great trail in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, California? AllTrails has 20 great hiking trails, trail 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!

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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.

It seems as though the trails at Sugarloaf that are listed as easy are not. This trail as we hiked it went from Lower Bald Mountain to Bald Mountain to Vista to Meadow. The first 1.5 miles were uphill and not easy in some parts also mostly exposed to the sun. The rest was mostly downhill w a few uphills sprinkled in but my Fitbit measured it at 4.7 miles not 3.7 miles. Would definitely recommend going this route instead of in reverse.

hiking
24 days ago

This hike is beautiful! If you are going on a weekend, make sure to be there at sunrise. You can see the hot air balloon launching as you hike up the mountain.

Great trail with variety. Starts off easy and picks up towards the end. Took about 3.5 hours and we stopped a few times to check the views. Only saw 3 other people the whole time. Oh and 1 deer!

Parking: you can pay cash ($10) at the trailhead parking area or drive up a mile to pay at the main area with credit card. Definitely a challenging hike, especially with the relentless ascent to the summit. Check out the Gunsight overlook, great views. Wear sunscreen, there's not a lot of shade because of the fire. Watch out for the beehive - there is a sign saying it's coming up. Overall, good signage and easy to follow. We did 8 miles in about 4 hours. Recommend hiking shoes for rocky areas. My tennis shoes were a mistake. Great hike with lots of different scenery.

Great workout. Very steep in parts. Very strenuous in parts. The view at the top is worth it though.

It's a short loop that takes you through a variety of lovely habitats. You'll pass a creek and then another creek that stems from a waterfall (visit the waterfall). Nice hike that isn't too strenuous.

A terrific day hiking. The planet part is really fun. Lots of canopy cover. Beautiful foliage. Gets harder as you climb the mountain. Great views of vineyards and Valley, sobering walk through fire destruction but they’ve done a great job with replanting and restore. Some steep parts for a great leg, flute and cardio workout. Some gravel paths on way down are slippery so watch your footing. Wear sunscreen and hats of out in mid day sun in summer. I didn’t and got burnt! We covered about 7 miles in 2 1/2 hours. Great way to spend a day.

Great hike with really nice views of Sonoma valley, watch out for poison oak it grows close to the trail and even overhanging and on the trail higher up in the less maintained areas. I saw tons of burned out trees, a few wildflowers, tons of wild flowers, a few deer and lizards, and a bee colony that took up residence in the trunk of a tree

Come early to beat the heat and get parking. I got the last spot at 8:30am Sat. $10 fee. Easy start over to bridges and log with rope. (fun!) Steady climb on well kept trail, more moderate than hard. After bench and bee hive (watch out for those with allergies!), it gets steeper and rockier. Now leaning to hard, mostly due to heat and steady climb. Wonderful views from overlook. Can certainly be done in three hours, but give yourself four to pause at the views.

Dogs are NOT allowed. Jasmine was disappointed that she couldn't go.

hiking
2 months ago

Impressive views of the entire Bay area.

Excellent hike with good vertical and variety. Definitely go all the way to the lookout and enjoy snack/lunch. Trail is very exposed post-fire so plan accordingly. Did up and back in 3 hours; took 1.5 liters of water and drank every drop (and opened car water bottle immediately). This was my first time to Lookout from Sugarloaf side; very different than Mount Hood side. Like both but Mount Hood has less exposure.

I wouldn't call this an easy trial. It was extremely steep going down to the waterfall. Coming back up it wasn't quite as bad but when you get over to the pony trail it is all uphill for 80% of the walk. A good deal of it was in the sun as well. It was still beautiful but my 6-year-old kept saying her legs were so tired and my boyfriend and I were tired too. I won't be doing this whole loop again. I will just take the canyon trail down to the waterfall. There are a couple decent looking trails that shoot off to the left on your way down that also head towards the water.

Trail is not currently open. I have tried, both from Hood Mountain as well as Sugarloaf, and from Hood the park map states the trail is closed off due to Private Property, while Sugarloaf does not provide the information that it is closed, however through personal experience late of 2018 it is currently private property through a solid chunk of the middle of this trail

hiking
3 months ago

Short hike, but very nice! I started and finished in the parking lot past the visitors center. Good for kids, but strenuous enough to get the adults breathing heavy. Decent inclines and declines. Waterfall is still flowing today. So many butterflies too! Lots of shade, but do bring a hat for the less shady parts. Lots of good photo ops.

fun hike. takes 2 to 2.5 hours depending on your speed. some shade at the beginning, no shade for the last half. only needed 32oz of water but some may need more. options to take other trails with some brush. beautiful look around when you're at the top of bald mountain. there are a couple signs at the top to show you what other mountains or sights are in a certain direction. recommend!

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over grown
rocky
4 months ago

This was a good climb with some interesting variety. The trail loops across the mountain so one minute you're crossing a broad sunny side meadow and the next you're in a shady dry creek bed. Knocking a star for the maintenance on the last third - lots of grass and starthistle along the trail - wear pants! We went to Gunsight Rock instead of summit and were glad we did, view from there is great. We started around 7:30am and had breakfast to ourselves at Gunsight Rock, but passed a lot of ppl heading up when we were heading down. It took us around 4 hrs with a good 45 min breakfast break. Highlights on the trail include a beehive and crossing a stream via log/rope handle.

hiking
4 months ago

This was a great hike - followed a gravel trail the first half up that was shaded, then onto the paved trail for the final ascent. View from the top was stunning! It’s a butt burner for sure on the way up though - and definitely bring your sunscreen! Our GPS tracker said the trail was 6.4 miles though, not 5.1

hiking
4 months ago

Great hike. Even though it was memorial weekend we only asked 6 people on the trail.

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rocky
4 months ago

Easy steady incline with a great view!

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bugs
muddy
rocky
4 months ago

Short hike with a gorgeous waterfall!!

This is a basic road with a steady incline. Pretty views.

hiking
4 months ago

This was an awesome hike. The park has a pamphlet at the check in station outlining some of the routes that I would definitely recommend using. I hiked from the family campsites up to Bald Mountain, and then came down the back way (can’t remember the trail name). I got the top at about 7:00 am, and it was unbelievably beautiful. The fog had just settled in below me, so it was mostly other peaks that I could see. Some of the trails were muddy in a few places, but that’s to be expected. Not tons of shade depending on your route, but would absolutely recommend.

hiking
bugs
5 months ago

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