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Bald Mountain

This should be the perfect time of year for this hike, 15-20 minutes north of Sonoma, after our rainy season before the heat of summer. Lynne will lead this moderately strenuous, at times,  6+ mile hike will take us through grassy meadows, groves of Birch trees, over creeks (if they are still running :-)), and rock out droppings. 

The trip to the top is the most strenuous part because it is all up hill (about 2+ miles on paved road). There are lots of beautiful vistas to take breaks as we head up. Once at the top, we’ll get a stunning view of Mt. Tamalpias to the south, Mt. Diablo to the east, and Mt. St. Helena to the north, and beyond. The descent is the fun part, as we start down on a dirt road, then follow a trail down a little canyon to a stream, and continue up and down until you hit the dirt road once again and take that back to the parking lot. You will be surprised and delighted by the beautiful views and variety of terrain.

Getting there:

• From 101 North or I-80 East, take CA-37 towards Napa

• North on CA-121 / Arnold Dr., drive 6.5 miles

• Left at fork to stay on Arnold, drive 8.1 miles

• Right on Madrone, drive 0.9 miles

• Left on CA-12 (Sonoma Hwy), drive 6.7 miles

• Right on Adobe Canyon Rd, drive 1.6 miles  

 Entrance fee is $8.This is a state park, so dogs are not allowed.

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  • Cathy

    Great hike thanks Lynne. For the curious I found two caches after you folks left on the Pony Gate trail. It then took me 3.5 hours to drive home! Traffic on 80 and 880, and 101 was very heavy. 101 traffic was definitely due to a concert at Shoreline not sure why 880 was so bad though. 80 just seemed normal traffic.

    May 10, 2014

    • Deborah

      Congrats on finding the geocaches. Sorry to hear about your slow drive back. We sailed down 101 and across the bridge to S.F. in surprisingly light traffic.

      May 10, 2014

    • Pam L.

      I tried to warn you :-)

      May 14, 2014

  • Jean B.

    Meeting new women, treking new trails, enjoying gluten-free brownies.....ahhh! Life is Good! Lynne is Fantastic!

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Lynne P.

    Thank you all for making this a wonderful day, enjoying the rolling terrain (and yes, the gastly first ascent), the trail talk and the women rich in spirit. I'm glad you all enjoyed it.

    1 · May 11, 2014

  • Deborah

    Thank you Lynne for selecting and leading a beautiful hike.

    May 10, 2014

  • Kim

    Thank you Lynne and Deborah for putting this together, great hike

    May 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have to cancel. Have a great time!

    May 9, 2014

  • Deborah

    I've got room I'm my car for a couple hikers coming from S.F. Send me an email if you're interested.

    May 7, 2014

  • Eva

    looks fun..I just joined this group and will look forward to future events....

    April 22, 2014

    • Lynne P.

      Welcome to the group. I'm sure you'll enjoy it. :-)

      April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I used to camp at Sugarloaf park many years ago. A lovely place.

    March 27, 2014

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