November can be a very peaceful time at Sugarloaf. Wet or dry, it’s the month for nature to take a moment. But the animals are still here. Birds call, Coyotes yip and if you turn over the wrong rock you may hear a rattle. However, for most, their presence requires a bit of sleuthing. A broken twig lets us know a Mule tail deer was browsing, some tootsie-roll like scat left by a Bobcat marks its territory, a dirt and fir needle tower tells us there is a Turret Spider lurking below. Join Certified California Naturalist John Lynch on a 4.1 miles, 3-hour hike from Lower Bald Mountain Trail over to the Vista Trail down to and back on Meadow Trail. For this hike we need to sharpen our senses and put on our deerstalker caps.
Tickets are $15 for for the general public and half price for students, youth (12-17 year-olds), Sugarloaf members, or Sugarloaf volunteers. Children under 12 can attend for free. Meet at the main lot. Bring plenty of water, sun protection, wear appropriate clothing and footwear for slippery and rocky trails, and if desired, a snack. Parking fees apply. Heavy rains cancel.
Ease of access: this hike is not accessible by wheelchair or stroller.