Facebook Pageview

Dec
10
Sat
Group Fitness Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 10 @ 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. Parking fees apply. Hikes are (usually) every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

11/12 – 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
11/26 – 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
12/10 – 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
12/17 –  Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650-ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
Dec
17
Sat
Group Fitness Hikes @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 17 @ 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. Parking fees apply. Hikes are (usually) every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

11/12 – 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
11/26 – 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
12/10 – 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
12/17 –  Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 mi, 650-ft elevation, meets @ White Barn lot
Sugarloaf Nature Photography Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Winter in Sugarloaf offers many different colors, shapes, textures, and lighting: great for practicing nature photography.
California Naturalist John Lynch leads this easy, slow, 3.5 mile hike from creekside to hillside and back through the meadow using our cameras as tools to engage in the aesthetic appreciation of nature and natural landscapes while also documenting flora and fauna through iNaturalist.

If you haven’t used iNaturalist, or haven’t made an observation for a while, this is your chance – just make sure to load the iNaturalist app on your phone before you arrive and have your battery fully charged. Wear appropriate clothing and footwear. Bring at least a quart of water, a snack, sun protection, and if preferred, a digital camera/tripod.

We will meet at the main parking lot. Heavy rain cancels, parking fees apply.

Ease of access: the Creekside Nature Trail is short, flat, composite trail. The connection from Creekside to Hillside trail is a single-track, slopped uphill. Hillside Trail is a gravel fire road with two prominent hills of around 250 ft of elevation. Hillside Trail turns into Meadow Trail after the Brushy Peaks junction. Meadow, although not ADA-compliant, is a mostly flat fire road passable by wheelchair and stroller.

Sugarloaf Through the Ages @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 17 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join Sugarloaf docent Jim Sickles in a geology hike to learn about more about the geological formations that give Sugarloaf Ridge State Park its namesake,  how soil composition influences native flora to thrive, and take a lightning-fast journey (in geological terms) through the history of the area, from the time California was underwater to today’s volcanic caldera remains.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth (12-17 year olds), students, Sugarloaf members and Sugarloaf volunteers, and free for children under 12. Meet at the Visitor Center. Wear layers, appropriate footwear for muddy and/or slippery trails, bring at least a quart of water and if desired, a snack. Heavy rains cancel. Parking fees apply.

Ease of access: the trails we’ll hike during this event are not accessible by wheelchair, bicycle, or stroller. While the Creekside Nature Hike is an ADA-compliant trail, Hillside and Pony Gate are single-track trails with an excess of 8.3% slope elevation.

Dec
31
Sat
Senderos: última caminata del año @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Dec 31 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am

Sábado 31 de diciembre
10-11:30am
Venga a caminar Sugarloaf en el último día del 2022. Este paseo guiado de aproximadamente 2.1 millas es igualmente para excursionistas principiantes o avanzados. Nos reuniremos en el estacionamiento principal. La caminata y el estacionamiento son gratuitos y no requiere registración. Cruzaremos un pequeño arroyo en nuestra ruta, así que por favor vista calzado adecuado, ropa cómoda, y traiga al menos un litro de agua. También le invitamos traer una taza para que sus pequeños disfruten de chocolate caliente después de la caminata.

Las lluvias fuertes cancelan el evento. Si tiene preguntas o busca más información, por favor comuníquese con Alma o Arsel por correo electrónico (senderos@sonomaecologycenter.org) o llame a Alma al 707-247-5767.

Senderos: Last Day’s Hike
Sat, 12/31,
10am-11:30am
Come hike Sugarloaf on the last day of 2022. This guided 2.1-mile hike will take us from the main parking lot to the waterfall and back. Meet at the main parking lot. There will be a small wet crossing, so wear appropriate footwear. Please bring a reusable drink container so your little ones can enjoy hot cocoa after the walk. This is a bilingual, free event planned around a primarily Spanish-speaking audience. Families from underrepresented groups are particularly welcome. Registration is not required.

Heavy rain cancels. For questions, contact Alma or Arsel at senderos@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Jan
1
Sun
First Day Hike at Sugarloaf @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jan 1 @ 9:00 am – 2:00 pm

Celebrate the New Year with Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and California State Parks in this annual nationally-held hike! We’ll have two different routes to chose from: a Naturalist-guided 2-mile family-friendly hike, or a 5.25 to 6.5-mile trek to Bald Mountain, which includes a climb of 1,500 feet and features fantastic 360-degree views of Sonoma Valley, Napa Valley, and San Francisco. The final routes will be determined the day-of by trail conditions.

The Bald Mountain hike begins promptly at 9am from the White Barn, whereas the Family Hike begins at 10am outside the Visitor Center. Wear appropriate footwear for muddy or slippery trails and warm layers (it could be cold or windy up here!). Bring water, snacks, sun protection, and if heading to the summit, pack a lunch. Bring a reusable drink container for your little one to enjoy free hot cocoa post-hike. Free event; RSVP required. Be prepared for inclement weather but heavy rains cancel. Parking fees apply.

Ease of access: we’re unable to determine ease of access due to the final route being determined the day of the event.

Jan
7
Sat
Sugarloaf Through the Ages @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jan 7 @ 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Join Sugarloaf docent Jim Sickles in a geology hike to learn about more about the geological formations that give Sugarloaf Ridge State Park its namesake,  how soil composition influences native flora to thrive, and take a lightning-fast journey (in geological terms) through the history of the area, from the time California was underwater to today’s volcanic caldera remains.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for youth (12-17 year olds), students, Sugarloaf members and Sugarloaf volunteers, and free for children under 12. Meet at the Visitor Center. Wear layers, appropriate footwear for muddy and/or slippery trails, bring at least a quart of water and if desired, a snack. Heavy rains cancel. Parking fees apply.

Ease of access: the trails we’ll hike during this event are not accessible by wheelchair, bicycle, or stroller. While the Creekside Nature Hike is an ADA-compliant trail, Hillside and Pony Gate are single-track trails with an excess of 8.3% slope elevation.

Feb
4
Sat
Senderos: Excursiones @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 4 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

¡Nuestro programa de excursiones para fomentar la aptitud física está de regreso! Los líderes le guiarán en una series de ocho caminatas semanales para excursionistas principiantes. Cada excursión aumentará en dificultad o duración.

A menos a que sea mencionado, todas las excursiones son los sábados, a las nueve de la mañana en el Parque Estatal Sugarloaf Ridge. Las excursiones seguirán la mismas rutas que el programa en inglés:

  1. 4 de febrero: nos reuniremos en el granero blanco y caminaremos a Urano. 2.2 millas, 80 pies de elevación.
  2. 11 de febrero: circuito Lower Bald & Creekside, 1 milla, 115 pies elevación. Reunirse en el estacionamiento principal.
  3. 18 de febrero: circuito Meadow- Hillside, empezando en el granero blanco y terminando en el campamento. 3 millas, 250 pies de elevación.
  4. 25 de febrero: circuito May’s Clearing en el Parque Estatal Jack London. 3.7 millas, 430 pies de elevación. Reunirse en el estacionamiento superior en 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA, 95442.
  5. 4 de marzo: circuito Stern/ Pony Gate/ Canyon. 3 millas, 500 pies de elevación. Reunirse en el estacionamiento principal.
  6. 11 de marzo: mesa de picnic en el planeta Neptuno. 4.3 millas, 640 pies de elevación. Reunirse afuera del granero blanco.
  7. 18 de marzo: Parque Regional Sonoma Valley. 4.4, millas, 531 pies de elevación. Reunirse al inicio del sendero Valley of the Moon en Arnold Dr.
  8. 25 de marzo: circuito de los senderos Hillside y Vista. 4.7 millas, mil pies de elevación. Reunirse afuera del granero blanco.

Usualmente $80, esta series será ofrecida en un descuento de $30. El estacionamiento, usualmente $10 por entrada, será gratuito para aquellos que quieran participar en esta series. 

Por favor vista capas, calzado adecuado para senderos lodozos y resbaladizos, protección solar, traiga al menos un litro de agua, y si desea, un bocadillo. Las lluvias fuertes cancelan el evento pero continuaremos en llovizna. Si tiene preguntas, o busca más información, por favor comuníquese con Alma o Arsel por correo electrónico (senderos@sonomaecologycenter.org) o llame al 707-247-5767.

Vea más oportunidades recreacionales a través del programa Senderos Naturales en ésta página.

Feb
11
Sat
Beginning Birding Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm

Join Sugarloaf docent Dana Glei for a ~2.3-mile hike (~300’ elevation change) aimed at Beginner Birders. We will begin with a short lesson on some interesting points about bird anatomy. Throughout the hike, we will give you pointers for identifying particular species by sight, sound, flight pattern, and/or behavior.

On the hike, we are likely to see Acorn Woodpeckers, CA Scrub Jays, Dark-Eyed Juncos, Towhees (California and perhaps Spotted), Western Bluebird, Black Phoebes, Chestnut-backed Chickadees, CA Quails, American Crows, Turkey Vultures, and Red-Tailed Hawks. We might see one of 6 other species of woodpeckers, Oak Titmouse, Golden-Crowned Sparrow, Yellow‑Rumped Warbler (aka “Butterbutt”), Steller’s Jay, and/or Raven.

Meet at the White Barn. We’ll start off hiking toward the Observatory and then take Lower Bald Mt. to the Creekside trail.  Then, we will head to the back deck of the Visitor’s Center, which is a good site for birding. We’ll backtrack to the Creekside trail and continue on the Hillside trail to the  lookout vista. Then, we will return along Hillside to the White Barn.Tickets are $10 for general audiences, $5 for students, youth (12-17 year olds), Sugarloaf members, Sugarloaf volunteers, and free for children under 12. Bring water, sun protection, binoculars, and if you’d like, a snack and a bird identification guide.  Wear layers because it is likely to be cold in the early morning.

If you want to use iNaturalist, Merlin (helpful for identifying birds by sound or picture), or eBird apps, make sure they are already installed on your phone before you arrive for the hike. Parking fees apply. Heavy rains cancel. In case of rain, we’ll reschedule for Sat, Feb 25 for the same time.

Ease of access: Lower Bald Mt Trail is a single track trail not accessible by wheelchair or stroller.

Senderos: Excursiones @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Feb 11 @ 9:00 am – 1:00 pm

¡Nuestro programa de excursiones para fomentar la aptitud física está de regreso! Los líderes le guiarán en una series de ocho caminatas semanales para excursionistas principiantes. Cada excursión aumentará en dificultad o duración.

A menos a que sea mencionado, todas las excursiones son los sábados, a las nueve de la mañana en el Parque Estatal Sugarloaf Ridge. Las excursiones seguirán la mismas rutas que el programa en inglés:

  1. 4 de febrero: nos reuniremos en el granero blanco y caminaremos a Urano. 2.2 millas, 80 pies de elevación.
  2. 11 de febrero: circuito Lower Bald & Creekside, 1 milla, 115 pies elevación. Reunirse en el estacionamiento principal.
  3. 18 de febrero: circuito Meadow- Hillside, empezando en el granero blanco y terminando en el campamento. 3 millas, 250 pies de elevación.
  4. 25 de febrero: circuito May’s Clearing en el Parque Estatal Jack London. 3.7 millas, 430 pies de elevación. Reunirse en el estacionamiento superior en 2400 London Ranch Rd, Glen Ellen, CA, 95442.
  5. 4 de marzo: circuito Stern/ Pony Gate/ Canyon. 3 millas, 500 pies de elevación. Reunirse en el estacionamiento principal.
  6. 11 de marzo: mesa de picnic en el planeta Neptuno. 4.3 millas, 640 pies de elevación. Reunirse afuera del granero blanco.
  7. 18 de marzo: Parque Regional Sonoma Valley. 4.4, millas, 531 pies de elevación. Reunirse al inicio del sendero Valley of the Moon en Arnold Dr.
  8. 25 de marzo: circuito de los senderos Hillside y Vista. 4.7 millas, mil pies de elevación. Reunirse afuera del granero blanco.

Usualmente $80, esta series será ofrecida en un descuento de $30. El estacionamiento, usualmente $10 por entrada, será gratuito para aquellos que quieran participar en esta series. 

Por favor vista capas, calzado adecuado para senderos lodozos y resbaladizos, protección solar, traiga al menos un litro de agua, y si desea, un bocadillo. Las lluvias fuertes cancelan el evento pero continuaremos en llovizna. Si tiene preguntas, o busca más información, por favor comuníquese con Alma o Arsel por correo electrónico (senderos@sonomaecologycenter.org) o llame al 707-247-5767.

Vea más oportunidades recreacionales a través del programa Senderos Naturales en ésta página.