Welcome to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Hiking Galore

Enjoy over 25 miles of trails for every level of hiking ability

Stunning Beauty

Adventure and exploration the entire family will love

Headwaters to Sonoma Creek

Enjoy a stunning waterfall which flows 25 ft. high after winter rains!

Stay and Explore

We offer 47 family-sized campsites!

The park is open for camping and hiking

Hiking:  Most trails are open and the flowers are starting to bloom.  Goodspeed Trail, part of Brushy Peaks Trail, and all trails in the McCormick Addition remain closed due to the Glass fire. 

Park Day Use Hours: 6 am-10 pm

Camping:  We have 44 campsites open, both reservable and first-come, first-serve in our lovely creekside campground.  And our Glamping sites open on April 1st – get your reservations soon!  Nights are booking fast.

Social Distancing and Face Covering Information

Park visitors must comply with social distancing, hygiene, and face-covering requirements:

  • Stay at least 6 feet from others who are not part of your household.
  • Carry a face covering at all times. Coverings must be worn outdoors when you cannot stay 6 feet from others, such as when passing others on a trail.

  • Do not visit a park if you have any symptoms of Covid-19: fever, cough, sore throat, shortness of breath, unusual headaches, severe fatigue, chills, gastrointestinal symptoms, and lost sense of smell or taste.
  • Do not use group facilities.
  • Do not use drinking fountains. Bring your own water.
  • Pack out your litter to reduce the amount of trash parks staff and visitors may come into contact with. 
  • Cover coughs or sneezes with a tissue and pack out your tissue for disposal at home.

Parking

When parking, please observe social distancing protocols. If the park becomes too crowded, we may temporarily close access. Please come early or later in the day if you want to be sure of entry.

Events

All events canceled until the Sonoma County shelter in place order is lifted.  Please see our calendar for details.  

Additional Information

For more information about Sonoma County’s shelter-in-place health order and other Covid-19 emergency resources, visit SoCoEmergency.org.

 

Apr
14
Wed
Wednesdays Wondrous Wildflower Walk with a Naturalist @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 14 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Certified California Naturalist John Lynch on his Wednesday wondrous wildflower walks.

The 3/31 route takes you on the Creekside and Hillside trails returning via Meadow.

On 4/7, we’ll explore Pony Gate to Canyon and back on the upper section of Pony Gate for our only views and anything we might have missed.

On 4/14, we’ll climb up Lower Bald to enjoy Vista and Meadow on the way back.

On 4/21 we’ll scout Hillside to Brushy Peaks turning around at the Neptune picnic table and back on Meadow.

Meet outside the Visitor Center. Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, bring water, your mask, a camera, and wildflower guides if you have one. Tickets are $10 plus parking fee. Heavy rain or wind cancels and will be announced by 9AM the day of the hike.
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For more (socially distanced) events at Sugarloaf, visit our calendar of events.

Apr
17
Sat
Senderos de flores @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Sábados 3 ó 17 de abril, 10AM- mediodía
Venga a disfrutar de una caminata llena de flores silvestres.  Un guía nos acompañará en un recorrido de aproximadamente tres millas donde aprenderemos acerca de las flores silvestres en el parque durante la primavera, incluyendo algunas que solamente brotan después de incendios forestales.
En preparación para el Reto Naturalista Urbano (City Nature Challenge, CNC), utilizaremos la aplicación iNaturalist para documentar lo que veamos en el recorrido.
Nos reuniremos afuera del centro de visitantes diez minutos antes de las diez de la mañana. El evento y estacionamiento son gratuitos pero por favor regístrese aquí ya que el evento es limitado a 12 participantes.
Por favor vista calzado adecuado, capas, y traiga suficiente agua. También le invitamos traer una taza para que sus pequeños disfruten de chocolate caliente después de la caminata. Si tiene alguna pregunta contacte a alma@sonomaecologycenter.org Lluvias fuertes cancelan el evento. Observaremos órdenes de salud del Condado como el uso de cubrebocas y el distanciamiento personal.
Este evento es respaldado por Route to Parks, una beca de Parks California. 

English: Wildflower Walk
Saturday 4/3 or 4/17, 10am-noon
Come enjoy a walk amongst the wildflowers. A guide will take us on a walk of about 3 miles where we’ll learn about the spring wildflowers in the park, including ones that only spring up after wildfires. In preparation for this year’s City Nature Challenge, we will utilize iNaturalist to document what we find during our walk.
We will meet behind the Visitor Center ten minutes prior to the event start time. This is a free event planned around a primarily Spanish speaking audience of up to 12. Families from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. Registration is required. Please wear appropriate clothing and bring a reusable container so your little ones can enjoy hot cocoa after the walk. Email alma@sonomaecologycenter.org with your questions. Heavy rains cancel. We will observe personal distancing and mask-wearing in compliance with County Health orders.
Senderos Naturales is supported by Route to Parks, a grant of Parks California.

Sugarloaf Wildflower Walks @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Team Sugarloaf Docents for a spring wildflower walk in the post-fire environment of Sugarloaf.
These are leisurely 1-3 miles long along the Meadow/Hillside loop and Creekside Trail. This is a beginning to intermediate level hike. All trails contain small elevation gains with the exception of Meadow Trail. Wear appropriate footwear, bring water and dress in layers. Meet outside the Visitor Center.
The walk is $10, and an entry fee or park pass is required for vehicles. Participants are required to comply with County Health orders, including wearing a mask and observing at least a 6-foot distance from others outside their household.

Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 17 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Enjoy your yoga experience in the beautiful setting of our park! Susan Topf’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of easy hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation, no mat necessary.
Please wear weather-appropriate clothing to feel comfortable being in a natural setting and bring water (as needed) and your mask.
Route varies on weather conditions and group interest that typically covers 2-3 miles of varied terrain.
Tickets are $30 and include parking if registered in advance online.
All levels and ages welcome. Meet at the Visitor’s Center unless otherwise noted in confirmation email prior to the hike. Limited to 12 participants.

Sonoma County Resident? Free with 2021 ParkRx from participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info.
Apr
21
Wed
Wednesdays Wondrous Wildflower Walk with a Naturalist @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 21 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Certified California Naturalist John Lynch on his Wednesday wondrous wildflower walks.

The 3/31 route takes you on the Creekside and Hillside trails returning via Meadow.

On 4/7, we’ll explore Pony Gate to Canyon and back on the upper section of Pony Gate for our only views and anything we might have missed.

On 4/14, we’ll climb up Lower Bald to enjoy Vista and Meadow on the way back.

On 4/21 we’ll scout Hillside to Brushy Peaks turning around at the Neptune picnic table and back on Meadow.

Meet outside the Visitor Center. Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, bring water, your mask, a camera, and wildflower guides if you have one. Tickets are $10 plus parking fee. Heavy rain or wind cancels and will be announced by 9AM the day of the hike.
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For more (socially distanced) events at Sugarloaf, visit our calendar of events.

Apr
22
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 22 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work. Work includes bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying and hiking. Bring gloves, hat, and water that you can carry hands-free (i.e. bring a backpack). Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Poison oak is present, so long sleeves are suggested. We have tools and trained crew leaders with tasks for all. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will provide tools, and if allowed, lunch.

If you are a current State Parks volunteer, signup in Volgistics.

Otherwise, sign up here.

Apr
24
Sat
Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 24 @ 9:30 am – 12:30 pm

The practice of Forest Therapy has been shown to improve health and well-being.

Have you heard about Shinrin-yoku or Forest bathing? Here is an opportunity to take a walk and experience the practice for yourself. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress reducing qualities of this walking practice. Shinrin-yoku originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States for its documented health benefits.

This practice takes a walk in the woods to another level. A centering and calming restorative practice, it promotes balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Recent articles have been written up in Oprah, Time Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its ParkRx Program the 4th Saturday of each month. These walks are led by certified ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) practitioners. Visit natureandforesttherapy.org for more info about this practice.

Tickets are $20 or free with a 2021 ParkRx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider (click here for more info).

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Camping at Sugarloaf

Camping at Sugarloaf

You can enjoy camping year-round at Sugarloaf with 47 family-friendly, alcohol-free camping spaces nestled in a large meadow and bordered by a year-round stream and a hillside forest.

Robert Ferguson Observatory

Stargazing at Robert Ferguson Observatory

Completely dedicated to public viewing and education, the Robert Ferguson Observatory is the LARGEST in the western United States and it’s right here at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

School Programs

Community-Operated Park

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is operated by Sonoma Ecology Center and Team Sugarloaf. Learn more by visiting the Team Sugarloaf Page