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Labour Day Hike at Sugarloaf State Park

  • Sep 3, 2012 · 11:00 AM
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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.




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  • Teena

    Definitely intermediate and a bit harder with the heat! The trail we took going up was a gentler slope and paved, but the heading back down was steeper than expected, and not as easy on the dirt trail. Bring lots of water when it's as warm as it was today, not a lot of shady areas.
    Chas gets 4-stars for organizing and staying patient with such a large group on a very hot hike! There was a minus 1-star for that extra hill we had to climb and back-track during the return - ha ha! :) Thanks to my fellow hikers who shared their water!

    September 3, 2012

  • Chas

    Quite a bit warmer than expected, but the views on top were worth it. We even managed to fit in some berry picking along the trail, and some of us took a dip in the creek - nice! Oh, and that 5' rattler (at least that's what the protective ranger said). We never saw a snake. Some of us went out afterwards for some unplanned fun. A very congenial grp!

    September 3, 2012

  • Chas

    We'll miss you, Helen.

    September 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hello all I have 4 spots in my car - can pick people up at 9:15 mission 16th bart station. My num is[masked] just text to get a spot.

    September 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Can anyone offer two Aussies a lift from the city? We are happy to pitch in for gas and can meet anywhere close to bart or muni :)
    Alternatively, is it within reach by public transport?

    September 2, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there, I live in San Fran and am hoping to join this hike - is anyone carpooling from the city? thanks!

    August 29, 2012

  • Aerin S.

    If there is a carpool I may be interested in joining

    August 28, 2012

  • Chas

    Anyone can feel free to organise a carpool from your respective area.

    August 27, 2012

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