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! Group camping available as well.

Open for Camping on Monday, June 22

Hours until 6/21: 8 a.m. – 8 p.m.    

Hours starting 6/22: 6 a.m. – 10 p.m. 

CAMPING

Campsites at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park are reopening on Monday, June 21, meaning all public resources at the park are available to the public again.

That includes Sugarloaf’s parking lots, 

trails, restrooms, Visitor Center and Robert Ferguson Observatory. However, campsites now have different rules and procedures in place, and social distancing protocols are still enforced throughout the park.

Here’s how camping will be different at Sugarloaf Campground:

  1. The following sites remain closed: 8, 13, 17, 35, 41.
  2. Only two cars per site, with one family group and no outside visitors, is allowed.

  3. Each site will have its own portable toilet (porta potty) for the exclusive use of that site. The toilets will be cleaned upon campsite turnover.
  4. We encourage visitors in self-contained RVs to make use of their own facilities rather than the park facilities.
  5. The communal bathrooms and showers will remain open and cleaned 3-4 times per day.
  6. We recommend bringing your own soap along with cleaning supplies such as wipes.
  7. The tent rental program is open, but with a gap of at least one day between each rental. We will disinfect tents between each use.

Reservations for Sugarloaf campsites may be made 48 hours in advance at www.reservecalifornia.com. Reserve a tent at https://sugarloafpark.org/activities/camping/For same-day first-come-first-served reservations, please call the park at 10 a.m. on the day you want to arrive at 707-833-6084 or 5712.

We are providing additional cleaning services free of charge. However, we are asking for a $10 donation per day—only from those that are able—to cover our additional cleaning and porta potty costs.

We ask all park visitors to adhere to the Sonoma County health ordinance guidelines, which require use of masks or face coverings when unable to keep a minimum distance of six feet from others not in your immediate household. Anyone with coronavirus symptoms (commonly a fever, dry cough, or shortness of breath) should not come. Those with reservations may cancel with no penalty. For more on coronavirus symptoms: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/symptoms-testing/symptoms.html.

To support Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, go to https://sugarloafpark.org/support/.

DAY USE  

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is now open for day-use parking and camping. The restrooms are open and are being disinfected 3-4 times per day.

The visitors center,  picnic area, and the campground remain closed.

To reduce interactions at our park, please purchase your day pass or annual pass online before you arrive.

PURCHASE ENTRY PASS

Download maps ahead of time as well.

MAPS

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

We are resuming small 10 person events starting on June 27.   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.

The Sonoma Ecology Center & Team Sugarloaf

Jul
9
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 9 @ 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. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult. We will provide tools, food and beverages. If you are a current State Parks volunteer, signup in vicnet. If you are an SEC volunteer, sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0e4aaca62ca3ff2-sugarloaf1

Jul
11
Sat
CANCELED: SugarShuttle: Sugarloaf ↔ Hood Mtn, Los Alamos lot (summer) @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 11 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The SugarShuttle is canceled until further notice. Please continue to check our calendar of events for updates. (7/3/2020)

Want to do a through hike from Sugarloaf Park to Hood Mountain’s Los Alamos parking lot or vice versa? Catch a ride on the Sugar-Hood Shuttle! On this hike you will cross two of Sonoma County’s most important creeks; Sonoma and Santa Rosa. About a mile from the Los Alamos parking lot, you will cross Santa Rosa Creek, just downstream for the joining of the North Fork and the South Fork. From the Sugarloaf lot, you will cross Sonoma Creek and Bear Creek, two critical steelhead habitats.
How it works
Every hour our Shuttle will leave from either Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or Hood Mt. Regional Park (Los Alamos lot). Make a reservation, ride to the other end of the trail, or hike and ride back. Riding first and hiking back to your car is the easiest way – no worries about how long you take to finish your hike.
This 7.5-mile one-way hike with 2,200 feet of vertical climbing takes 4 to 5 hours. We recommend dropping your car off at one end and riding the shuttle to the other, so you do not have to wait for the shuttle to return when you finish your strenuous hike. No charge for the ride, but the suggested donation of $10 helps keep us going. Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle or the State Park portion of the trail.

Shuttle operated by Team Sugarloaf / Sonoma Ecology Center in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks

ParkRx – INTERMEDIATE Hiking for Fitness Series (#4) @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 11 @ 8:00 am – 11:00 am
Please join us for an 8-week INTERMEDIATE Hiking for Fitness Program. The program leaders will guide you on a series of weekly hikes with the challenge increasing each week. Leaders will have group discussions about gear, hydration, hiking poles, first aid and pacing, etc. The group’s final hike aims for Bald Mountain, where hikers can enjoy stunning vistas.

The Hiking series costs $80, or free (plus free parking) for hikers with a 2019 or newer ParkRx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info.

Hike Schedule
1) Sat 7/11–Waterfall Loop, 2 miles, 595 ft elevation [meet @ main lot]
2) Sat 7/18–Vista Trail Loop, 3.6 miles, 700 ft elevation[meet @ white barn lot]
3) Sat 7/25–Goodspeed to Nattkemper bench, 4.2 miles, 1060 ft elevation [meet @ Goodspeed lot]
4) Sat 8/1–Hillside / Brushy Peaks – Neptune picnic table, 4.6 miles, 780 ft elevation [meet @ white barn lot]
5) Sat 8/8–Grandmother Oak (Sugarloaf’s McCormick Addition), 4.2 miles, 1060 ft elevation [meet @ Hood Mtn Regional Park’s Los Alamos parking lot]
6) Sat 8/15–Vista Trail Loop (counter-clowise), 4.7 miles, 1000 ft elevation [meet @ white barn lot]
7) Sat 8/22–Brushy / Grey Pine (Hillside start), 6.5 miles, 1230 ft elevation [meet @ white barn lot]
8) Sat 8/29–Bald Summit (w/ optional Headwaters wiggle = 5.8 mi), 5.25 miles, 1500 ft elevation [meet @ white barn lot]
(routes subject to change based on group and weather)

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Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 11 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am


Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek. On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals, and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek. The hike starts at the Visitors Center. No fee, but parking charges apply. 

The first hike starts at 9:30am, second starts at 11 am. Sign up at Visitor Center. Limited to 12 participants.

Jul
12
Sun
CANCELED: SugarShuttle: Sugarloaf ↔ Hood Mtn, Los Alamos lot (summer) @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 12 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm

The SugarShuttle is canceled until further notice. Please continue to check our calendar of events for updates. (7/3/2020)

Want to do a through hike from Sugarloaf Park to Hood Mountain’s Los Alamos parking lot or vice versa? Catch a ride on the Sugar-Hood Shuttle! On this hike you will cross two of Sonoma County’s most important creeks; Sonoma and Santa Rosa. About a mile from the Los Alamos parking lot, you will cross Santa Rosa Creek, just downstream for the joining of the North Fork and the South Fork. From the Sugarloaf lot, you will cross Sonoma Creek and Bear Creek, two critical steelhead habitats.
How it works
Every hour our Shuttle will leave from either Sugarloaf Ridge State Park or Hood Mt. Regional Park (Los Alamos lot). Make a reservation, ride to the other end of the trail, or hike and ride back. Riding first and hiking back to your car is the easiest way – no worries about how long you take to finish your hike.
This 7.5-mile one-way hike with 2,200 feet of vertical climbing takes 4 to 5 hours. We recommend dropping your car off at one end and riding the shuttle to the other, so you do not have to wait for the shuttle to return when you finish your strenuous hike. No charge for the ride, but the suggested donation of $10 helps keep us going. Dogs are not allowed on the shuttle or the State Park portion of the trail.

Shuttle operated by Team Sugarloaf / Sonoma Ecology Center in partnership with Sonoma County Regional Parks

Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 12 @ 9:00 am – 11:30 am

Join us for a socially distanced Yoga Hike!
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). All levels and ages welcome. Route varies on weather conditions and group interest that typically covers 2-3 miles of varied terrain.
The group will be limited to 12 participants. Cost is $25 and includes parking. The ticketing link is a reservation only.  Meet at the Visitor Center, where we’ll process payment. And of course, bring your mask.

Sonoma County Resident? 
Free with 2020 ParkRx from a participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info.
Jul
18
Sat
Creekside Nature Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 18 @ 9:30 am – 11:00 am


Join us for a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek. On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals, and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek. The hike starts at the Visitors Center. No fee, but parking charges apply. 

The first hike starts at 9:30am, second starts at 11 am. Sign up at Visitor Center. Limited to 12 participants.

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Sonoma Ecology Center 2019 Impact Report

Check out the 2019 Impact Report for the Sonoma Ecology Center! This report goes into detail of the impact and presence of the Sonoma Ecology Center in many various sectors. You can view the report here.

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