Join Certified CA Naturalist John Lynch as we explore Sugarloaf’s trees and plant communities – with a special focus on our Oaks & Redwoods. How many kinds of oaks can we find and what makes them so special? Yes, Sugarloaf does have Redwoods but why are they so rare? Beginning at the Visitor Center, we’ll follow Pony Gate Trail’s grassy slope, into the Oak woodland and through a mixed evergreen forest, along Canyon Trail’s shady riparian corridor lined with redwoods, to the 25-foot dramatic plunge of Sonoma Creek and back to the Visitor Center.
Tickets are $15 general, $7.50 for students, youth (12-17 year olds; must be accompanied by an adult), Sugarloaf members, Sugarloaf volunteers, and free for children under 12 years old. Bring at least a quart of water, sun protection, appropriate footwear for rocky and slippery trails, and if desired, a snack.
Ease of access: Pony Gate Trail is a narrow foot trail, steep in sections with a descent of 450 ft. A seasonal creek crossing with no bridge is unsafe for crossing immediately after storms. Pony Gate exits on the lower part of Adobe Canyon Rd. A few yards down, across the road, the Canyon Trail is a narrow foot trail with a few steps down into a fairly flat, narrow trail adjacent to Sonoma Creek with two very narrow wooden bridges, until the detour to Sonoma Creek Falls. There are about 100 steps built into steep trail between upper Canyon trailhead and the waterfall. The upper Canyon trailhead ends on Adobe Canyon Rd, about 1/4 a mile away from the entrance kiosk.
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