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Mar
9
Sat
ParkRx—Intermediate Hiking for Fitness @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 9 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

UPDATE (Friday February 16, 3:30pm): The Intermediate Hiking for Fitness series will start on Saturday, March 16 instead of March 9.

If you have previously completed the Beginner Hiking for Fitness series, or can hike a little more than 4 miles with at least 1,000 ft of elevation, this series is for you! 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 following is a list of possible routes specifically selected for this hiking series:
1) Sat 3/16 – Waterfall loop, 2.7 miles, 750 ft elevation [meet @ main lot]
2) Sat 3/23 – Vista Trail loop, 3.4 miles, 830 ft elevation [meet @ White Barn]
3) Sat 3/30 –Goodspeed to Nattkemper bench, 3.8 miles, 1,240 ft elevation [meet @ Goodspeed lot]
4) Sat 4/6 – Hillside to Neptune table + Meadow, 4.4 miles, 970 ft elevation [meet @ White Barn]
5) Sat 4/13 – Hillside + Vista Trail loop, 3.6 miles, 1,070 ft elevation [meet @ White Barn]
6) Sat 4/20 – False Lake Meadow & Lake Ilsanjo loop in Trionne-Annadel SP, 6.1 miles, 670 ft elevation [meet @ Annadel’s Cobblestone Trailhead]
7) Sat 4/27 – Fern Lake + Orchard loop in SDC/Jack London SHP, 5.5 miles, 1,460 ft elevation [meet @ Walnut & North St inside SDC; park on Grove St]
8) Sat 5/4 – Bald Mtn summit (w/optional Headwaters detour, 5.8 miles), 5.1 miles, 1,670 ft elevation [meet @ White Barn]

Please note these routes are subject to change based on the group and weather. Wear appropriate footwear for rocky or slippery trails, and layers. Bring water, and if desired, a snack. The group will be limited to 35 participants.

The Hiking series costs $80 (plus a $10 parking fee per visit. Note that the Sugarloaf Annual Pass is $59 and valid at Sugarloaf and Jack London SHP), or free-of-cost for hikers with a January 2024 or newer Park Rx from a participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info. To sign up with a ParkRx, please email alma@sonomaecologycenter.org. Please have your Rx available at the time of sign-up, as the number of ParkRx tickets is limited and you will be asked to turn in a copy at the time of registration.

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Park Rx–Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 9 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Enjoy your yoga experience in the beautiful setting of our park! Susan Topf’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of easy hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation, no mat necessary. The route varies on weather conditions and group interest that typically covers 2-3 miles of varied terrain. All levels and ages welcome.

Tickets are $30 for general audiences and include parking if registered in advance online. Please wear weather-appropriate clothing to feel comfortable being in a natural setting and bring water (as needed). Meet outside the Visitor Center unless otherwise noted in confirmation email prior to the hike. Limited to 12 participants.

Sonoma County Resident? Free with a January 2024 Park Rx from a participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for Park Rx info.

Ease of access: we’re unable to determine ease of access as the route will be decided the day-of by the hike leader and other logistics (mud, small water crossings, slippery trails, etc).


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Mar
24
Sun
Park Rx– Forest Bathing Walk @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Mar 24 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

The practice of Forest Therapy has been shown to improve health and well-being.

Have you heard about ‘Shinrin-yoku’ or ‘forest bathing’? Here is an opportunity to take a walk and experience the practice for yourself. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress reducing qualities of this walking practice. Shinrin-yoku originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States for its documented health benefits.

This practice takes a walk in the woods to another level. A centering and calming restorative practice, it promotes balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its Park Rx Program the 4th Sunday of the month led by certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) practitioners.

We invite you to join us on this therapeutic experience of sights, sounds, scents, touch, and memory. The outing begins at the White Barn and meanders less than one mile from the start point in a reverie of introspection and connection to the natural world.

Tickets are $20 or free with an January 2024 or newer Park Rx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for Park Rx information. To sign up with a Park Rx, please email alma@sonomaecologycenter.org. Please have your Park Rx available at the time of sign-up, as the number of Park Rx tickets is limited and you will be asked to turn in a copy at the time of registration.

Wear layers, comfortable footwear, bring water, sun protection, and if desired, a snack or a picnic to enjoy after the event. Parking fees apply. Heavy rains cancel.

Ease of access: Creekside Nature Trail has two trailheads. The trailhead from the White Barn is ADA compliant for about 0.1 miles. Our route for this hike veers off to the left across a narrow bridge and single-track dirt trail that connects with Hillside and then backtracks. The entire route is approximately 3/4 of a mile with approximately 100ft of elevation gain. 

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