Sugarloaf is another great Sonoma County Park loaded w/ views.
This will be a 6-7 mile hike, w/ an altitude gain of roughly 1600'.
This is be an intermediate hike (depending on your condition).
When we last did this one there were several newbies that said it was great, so don't be intimidated by the gain - it's not that steep.
If the grp wants we'll grab a bite and a drink after the hike. We did last time and it was a blast.
We'll have our typical vino/snack break along the trail to Bald Mountain, where we'll have lunch on the summit - the views from the top are amazing!
The Plan: Meet at the free parking area just outside the park where we'll hit the trail and hike into the park, 1st through a shaded wooded trail along the creek, and then up Bald Mountain Trail where we'll pass by Hood Mountain. As always there will be a vino/snack break, and later we'll have lunch on the summit. There is an interpretive sign on the summit to help ID the surrounding landmarks, which include: the Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, the steep hillsides of Jack London State Park, and the hillsides of Annadel State Park. If visibility permits, we'll also see Mount Wittenberg, the highest peak on Point Reyes (33 miles west); Snow Mountain (65 miles north, and since it is well-named, easy to pick out); Mount Diablo (51 miles southeast); Mount Tamalpais (37 miles southwest); and the Golden Gate Bridge (44 miles southwest).
Sugarloaf has everything:
-not so steep but persistent inclines
-waterfalls and hidden glens
-rolling hills, w/ deer and trilling frogs
-rocks and oaks, begging to be climbed
Directions: From Highway 101 in Santa Rosa, exit on Highway 12 East (toward Sonoma). After 2 mi the hwy will end at a signal, where you'll turn Left onto Framers Ln. Go 1 mi on Farmers Ln and turn Right onto Sonoma Hwy (12 East).
Follow Hwy 12E 8.5 mi and turn Left onto Adobe Canyon Rd (At Landmark Winery).
Follow Adobe Canyon approx 4.75 mi and park in the small dirt lot on the Left. If you reach the park entrance you've gone about 1/4 mi too far.
What To Bring:
Good Hiking Boots/shoes
Layered clothing, hat, sunscreen, insect repellent
2 liters of cold water (1/2 fill and refrigerate, then top w/ ice in the a.m.)
Snacks/drinks/liquids for our pre-lunch break during the hike
Food and more food to share (dried fruit/nuts/seeds, chips, dips, salsa, deserts - be creative!)
Drinks - Vino and cups
If you've been on any of my hikes you know what to expect - so be prepared for fun!
Your sense of humour is an absolute must!
This is a combined event w/ other Meetup grps, so it will be a good opportunity to meet new people.