Welcome to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Headwaters to Sonoma Creek
Stay and Explore
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.
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 are back! Please see our calendar below for our socially distanced, COVID safe events.
For more information about Sonoma County’s shelter-in-place health order and other Covid-19 emergency resources, visit SoCoEmergency.org.
Sábado 15 de mayo, 10am- 12:30pm
Acompañenos en una caminata ligera en el sendero Meadow, en donde pararemos a a disfrutar la naturaleza y pintar en un diario de campo. Si tiene materiales para pintar acuarelas, le invitamos a traerlos, de otra manera, tendremos algunos disponibles.
Nos reuniremos en el área del granero blanco. Este es un evento bilingüe y gratuito, incluyendo estacionamiento. Por favor regístrese aquí ya que el evento es limitado a 20 participantes. Lluvias fuertes cancelan el evento.
Por favor vista calzado adecuado, capas, y traiga suficiente agua. Si tiene alguna pregunta contacte a email@example.com
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: Art in the Park
Saturday 5/15, 10am-12:30pm
Join us in a short walk on Meadow trail, where we will enjoy nature and stop somewhere to paint on a field journal. If you have water coloring materials, we invite you to bring them, but otherwise we’ll have some for you to borrow. We will meet at the White Barn. This is a free event planned around a primarily Spanish speaking audience of up to 20. Families from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. Please wear appropriate clothing. Heavy rains cancel.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your questions. 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.
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.
As we reopen, we want to celebrate the park and our supporters with our Around the Park Hike (sometimes known as the Headwaters to Headwaters Hike). Details and ticket numbers will change as the Coronavirus restrictions are modified. Each time has 30 slots as of now. Get your tickets soon.
The hike will follow COVID safety protocols for distancing in place at that date.
The Round the Park Hike will have Two Options:
1. Epic Option: 17.2 miles with 5097 feet of vertical. Start time 7 am.
2. Round Route: 12.3 miles with 3600 feet of vertical. Start Time 9 AM.
The start and finish will be the main day-use parking lot.
The basic route will be down Pony Gate, up Canyon, past Bald Mountain to High Ridge (we’ll turn around at the Red Barn site after lunch), over the ridge on Gray Pine, down Brushy Peaks to Hillside and lastly on the Nature Trail to finish at the main parking lot. The epic option will add Goodspeed to the park boundary after going down Pony Gate.
There will be water and porta-potties along the way. Bring a lunch to enjoy at the Old Red Barn location. We are hoping to have snacks and cold drink or food on drinks at the finish, depending on what the Coronavirus protocols allow at that time, Stay tuned, stay flexible, have fun and support your park!
Ticket price: $75 each.
Underwriting Options: Help us defray the costs of the event and make it a true fundraiser.
Epic Underwriter: $500 (includes a ticket to the hike -Tax Deductible)
Round Route Supporter: $250 (includes a ticket to the hike – Tax Deductible)
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.
Come to the park for a peaceful hike through the woods! Join our Docents on this fun family hike that is good for all ages. During this 2-mile hike with 400-ft elevation gain, you will learn about Sugarloaf Park, its plants, animals, and history.
This is a free event but does require reservations as we are limiting the event to 12. Meet outside the Visitor Center. We will observe social distancing and mask-wearing. Parking fees apply and heavy rains cancel.
After an unusually warm and dry spring, the wildflowers are blooming earlier and it’s already butterfly and dragonfly season! We’ll be looking up as well as down to discover what’s flying around while learning a little about riparian, mixed evergreen, and meadow habitats along the way. As always, we will take our time to enjoy and identify the wildflowers, butterflies and dragonflies, and to catch our breath on the uphills.The 5/5 route takes us on the Creekside and Hillside trails returning via Meadow.
On 5/12 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 5/26, we’ll climb up Lower Bald to the Vista with Meadow on the way back. This is a slightly longer (please budget 4 hours) and more strenuous hike but the flowers, butterflies and dragonflies will be be plentiful and worth the extra time and effort.
Meet outside the Visitor Center. Wear hiking shoes, layers appropriate for weather, bring water, your mask, a camera, and wildflower/butterfly/dragonfly guides if you have them. $10 plus parking fee. Adverse weather cancels and will be announced by 9AM the day of the hike.
For more (socially distanced) events at Sugarloaf, visit our calendar of events.
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.
Your donations help keep Sugarloaf open for all!
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FROM THE ECOLOGY BLOG
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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.
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.