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!

Sugarloaf partially reopened as of Friday, Oct. 23. The parking lots, Visitor Center, Campground, and some trails — Canyon, Creekside Nature, Meadow and Hillside are now open to the public. All other parts of the park remain closed due to the impacts of the Glass Fire.

Campsites at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park are now open!  

Due to COVID-19, campsites rules and procedures in place designed to keep visitors and staff safe, 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, 38.
  2. Only two cars per site, with one family group and no outside visitors, are 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. Some flush toilet facilities and showers remain open and our staff cleans them 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 our staff will disinfect tents between each use.

 

Reservations for Sugarloaf campsites may be made 48 hours in advance here.

Reserve a tent here

For same-day first-come-first-served reservations, please call the park at 10am 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 the 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. Read more about coronavirus symptoms.

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 have resumed small 12 person social distanced 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.

 

Dec
5
Sat
Senderos: ¡Aprenda acerca de la ciencia del fuego! @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 5 @ 11:00 am – 1:00 pm

¡El Parque Estatal Sugarloaf Ridge es un gran lugar para aprender ciencia! Acompáñenos en una corta caminata empezando en el Centro de Visitantes para aprender como los científicos de Sonoma Ecology Center estudian el fuego, animales, y todo lo que vive en el parque. Descarge la applicación iNaturalist en su celular y cree un perfil antes de asistir al evento. Familias de comunidades subrepresentadas son principalmente bienvenidas. Este evento gratuito es ante todo planeado alredor de una audiencia hispanohablante limitada a doce participantes. El estacionamiento por vehículo es $10. La lluvia cancela. Observaremos órdenes de salud del Condado como el uso de cubrebocas y el distanciamiento social.


Senderos Family Walk: Learn About Fire Science!
Saturday, 12/5, 11am-1pm
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is a great place to learn science! Please join us for a leisurely walk starting at the visitor center to learn how Sonoma Ecology Center scientists are studying fire, animals, and everything that lives in the park. If possible, please load the iNaturalist app on your mobile device and create an account beforehand. Families from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. This is a bilingual, free event planned around a primarily Spanish speaking audience of up to 12. Parking fees apply, rain cancels. We will observe social distancing and mask-wearing in compliance with County Health orders.

Dr. Dan’s Community Science Series: Fire Ecology Forensics Hike for Families! @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 5 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Glass Fire burned very close to the heart of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, allowing us great opportunities to learn about how fires behave. Please join biologist Dr. Dan Levitis for a leisurely walk starting at White Barn to learn how Sonoma Ecology Center scientists are studying the fire, and to help us gather clues. Families and underrepresented groups are particularly welcome, up to 12 participants. Parking fees apply, rain cancels. We will observe social distancing and mask-wearing in compliance with County Health orders.

Dec
10
Thu
Post-Fire Trail Restoration and Clean Up Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 10 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Photo from January 2019

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, food and beverages. If you are a current State Parks volunteer, signup in Volgistics. Otherwise, sign up here.

Dec
12
Sat
CANCELED: Hiking for Fitness– Maintenance Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 12 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Choose your own adventure! Part of our Hiking for Fitness program, these free, moderate-to-strenuous group hikes are geared to keep you motivated through the cold season. RSVP is a must and will be limited to 10 participants per route. Parking fees apply. Maintenance Hikes are every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

11/14 – route A: Vista Trail Loop (clockwise): ~4.1 mi, 600ft elevation, meets @ main lot
route B: Crazy 8 Waterfall Loop + Vista Trail circuit: 6.5mi, 1400ft elevation, meets @ main lot
11/28 – route A: Goodspeed to Nattkemper bench: 4.2 mi, 1060 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
route B: Goodspeed to Gunsight Rock: 6.5 mi, 2080 ft elevation, meets @ Goodspeed lot
12/12 – route A: Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
route B: Brushy Peaks to Grey Pine: 6 mi, 1140 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
12/26 – route A: Vista Loop (CCW): 3.6 mi, 700 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
route B: Vista to Bald Mountain Loop: 6 mi, 1520 ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
Dr. Dan’s Community Science Series: Fire Ecology Forensics Hike for Families! @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 12 @ 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

The Glass Fire burned very close to the heart of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, allowing us great opportunities to learn about how fires behave. Please join biologist Dr. Dan Levitis for a leisurely walk starting at White Barn to learn how Sonoma Ecology Center scientists are studying the fire, and to help us gather clues. Families and underrepresented groups are particularly welcome, up to 12 participants. Parking fees apply, rain cancels. We will observe social distancing and mask-wearing in compliance with County Health orders.

Dec
17
Thu
Post-Fire Trail Restoration and Clean Up Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 17 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

Photo from January 2019

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, food and beverages. If you are a current State Parks volunteer, signup in Volgistics. Otherwise, sign up here.

Dec
19
Sat
Who’s Singing in the Forest, Canyon or Meadow? @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 19 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Photo by Dan Levitis

Our annual solstice exploration of resident and winter birds of Sugarloaf’s varied habitats, including birds inhabiting recently burned landscapes. Led by Certified California Naturalist Carolyn Greene, our emphasis will be on ID’ing birds by their sounds. This will be a 2-mile moderate walk with some uphill and lots of stops. We’ll meet at the Visitor Center. Bring face coverings, binoculars if you have them, and good shoes for rocky and uneven trails; we will observe safe distance walking. Parking fees apply; rain cancels.

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