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!

UPDATE: CAMPING IS BACK!  

As of Saturday, January 30, Sugarloaf’s Campground is open.  Please make reservations at ReserveCalifornia.com.   

Trails: most of the main park area trails are open (Canyon,  Pony Gate, Lower Bald, Bald Mountain, Vista, Meadow/Hillside, Gray Pine, High Ridge, Headwaters, and the Creekside Nature Trail, and part of Brushy Peaks Trail). Goodspeed Trail, part of Brushy Peaks Trail, and all trails in the McCormick Addition remain closed.  

Park Day Use Hours : 6am-10pm

Due to COVID-19, campsites rules and procedures are in place designed to keep visitors and staff safe, and social distancing protocols are still enforced throughout the park. 

  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

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.

 

Feb
27
Sat
Fire Recovery Walk At Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 27 @ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Sonoma Ecology Center’s Educator Program Manager Tony Passantino to learn how to interpret fire landscapes at Sugarloaf that burned in recent wildfires. We will be assessing burned trees, learning how to interpret fire-affected landscapes, and watching for special “fire follower” wildflowers.
Discussion questions include: Why did this happen? What does it mean? How do we prepare for it happening again?

We will be walking 2 miles up a continual incline from the main parking lot, gaining 700 ft. in elevation in one mile. We return down a rough, paved, continually descending road. Please wear sturdy footwear, and bring trekking poles if you typically use them. We will observe County Health Ordinances of mask-wearing and social distancing. Parking fees apply.

Mar
11
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 11 @ 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.

Mar
25
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 25 @ 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
8
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Apr 8 @ 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
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.

May
13
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 13 @ 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.

May
27
Thu
Sugarloaf Trail Crew @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 27 @ 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.

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Read the Sonoma Ecology Center 2020 Impact Report!

Our parent organization, Sonoma Ecology Center, is proud to present 30 years of milestones in the areas of COMMUNITY, LAND, CLIMATE, WATER, and BIODIVERSITY.

READ THE FULL REPORT.

SUGARLOAF BLOG

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 Each campsite has its own porta-potty which our dedicated campground Staff cleans between each set of campers.  “The feedback from campers has been overwhelmingly positive”, said campground manager Woody Woodbury. “They like the safety as well as the convenience of having a toilet near their site,” he continued.

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FROM THE ECOLOGY BLOG

  • Getting to Know Dr. Dan
    For many years before settling with his family in Sonoma Valley, Dan Levitis was an “itinerant scientist” as he puts it, traveling the world, doing field work, taking academic posts, and gaining experience as a scientist and teacher. Born in Washington, D.C. and raised in Maryland, with a Ph.D. in integrative biology from UC Berkeley, […] Read more »
  • Watch Nature Heal at Sugarloaf
    With most trails reopened, green shoots growing and animals returning, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is the place to be to see the land recover from wildfire. The park—operated by Sonoma Ecology Center on behalf of the California State Parks system—has reopened all but two trails and is open to the public every day from 7 […] Read more »
  • How Wild Animals Cope with Wildfire
    Some Species Fare Well, Some Don’t—but Overall, Populations Appear to Rebound Humans fled by the tens of thousands in Sonoma and Napa counties this summer as the Glass Fire bore down on their communities. But other species’ homes and communities were threatened too, and ultimately more than 67,000 acres, most of it wildland, burned. Bigger […] Read more »
  • Red Barn Remembrance
    ‘It served as habitat for our feathered and furry friends, a cool refuge for hikers on hot or rainy days, and a picturesque backdrop for the occasional photographer’ Venerable barns are special places, Breck Parkman says, with special meanings for those who know them. Which is why the Red Barn of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park […] Read more »
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