New Year's Party hike at Beautiful Bald Mountain! 7-8 miles (Moderate-Strenuous)­


It's the end of one of the most FANTASTIC years... get out your party hat... grab your noise maker! Please be advised that this is a PARTY HIKE!!  We will have noise makers, we most likely will be loud and raucous....if you are looking for a quiet serene hike...this is not the one for you.  This is a hike of celebration....to celebrate the wonderful year we just completed and to joyously welcome in 2014 and all the new memories and experiences we have yet to create!

Bring beverages for the top and a chilly bottle of champagne for the bottom. We are sending out the year in GRAND style while leaving you plenty of time to get to any party you might be attending later. THERE WILL BE A PRIZE FOR THE MOST SPIRITED OUTFIT!!!

We head up the mountain on mostly single track trails, but we come down the mountain on the fire road. It can be steep, and some people don't care for fire road hiking. BUT, if that does NOT include you then, this is a great hike for you!  

On a clear day there is no place more beautiful than the top of Bald Mountain. We'll probably be off the trail by 1:00, leaving ample time to enjoy the rest of your day and get to other parties!  

This is a spectacular trail with a 360-degree view at the summit. We will start on Lower Bald Mountain Trail, which immediately starts to climb up the bottom of Bald Mountain.  We pass through grasslands as we climb up to Bald Mountain Trail. Bald Mountain trail is a fire road, and we are on it for a short, steep section... And we are all relieved when we exit the fire road onto Vista -- a lovely trail that basically travels along the relatively flat flanks of the mountain, with gorgeous sweeping views of St. Helena and Glen Ellen.  We then turn onto Headwaters, which will give us the second good uphill section. Once the winter rains have started, this section is lovely, because we follow a stream that cascades it way down the side of the mountain right beside the trail!  This section ends on Red Mountain trail, where we  make our way to the beloved Gray Pine fire road which gives us our last good huff and puff section to make it to the top.  We will come down the paved Bald Mountain Trail.  This is a moderate to difficult, delightful trail.  Steep and narrow trails, at some points, with the contrast of a fire road on the way down but highly recommended, if you are a moderate hiker that has be hiking consistently.   

On a clear day you can see from the Sierra Nevada Range to the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge.   This is not easy, and we will huff an puff as we slowly climb,but it IS very worthwhile! Our way down will be on the paved fire road.

This is a 7 mile loop with an elevation gain of appx. 1700 feet.

The link to the park brochure and trail map is below:

http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/481/files/SugarloafRidgeFinalWebPDF072809.pdf

CARPOOLING: Always try to car pool if you can. Please give your driver money for gas, wear & tear on their car, and the effort of driving. For less than an hour to the trailhead, please give $5.00. For more than an hour, please give $8.00. We like to take good care of our drivers!

Car pool etiquette- Come prepared to drive, but be aware that there may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location, or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. We determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy, but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work!

Then PLEASE, if possible, try to use the two locations below. The more locations we have, the less effective we are, and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.

Car pool locations:

Santa Rosa: Caltrans Park & Ride lot adjacent to the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial building. We gather near the Airporter pick-up point. Suggested leave by 8:25.

Petaluma: Lucky's at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. Suggested leave by 8:10.

Adobe Canyon Road: near the entrance to Landmark Winery. Park on the dirt area, alongside the road. Suggested leave by 8:45.

Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below.It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree to, and are prepared with, the following

We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace, and we just keep going! If you are in the lead, you will end up waiting at trail junctions. If you are in the back, you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group. At waiting points, the group may move on as soon as you are within sight. Our pace averages 2.5mph. We do get separated from time to time, as everyone walks their own pace, but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within minutes of the group. Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy.

Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments. Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10 pm the previous evening.

Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail. It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival. You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.

Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.

Duration: 3-4 hours

Facilities: at the trail head

Dogs?: none allowed here

Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea.

Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.

Bring a snack, your party hat, beverages for the top, and champagne for the finish!!!

Bring your smile and great attitude! Once again....this is not about finishing the hike in record time...it's about enjoying ourselves and the outdoors! If you are a fast hiker you will be waiting for those of us that huff and puff our way up the trail. If you are a slow hiker you will find that we head off up the trail as soon as you catch up with the group. Please make sure this is something that you will enjoy! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

See you on the trail!

 

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    I had a great time. It was my first hike with the wonderers.

    Awsome group!

    Happy new year and thanks to all!

    January 8, 2014

  • Sophie

    For Sale: Annual Pass for Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Ok I accidentally purchased an ANNUAL pass for Sugarloaf Ridge State Park the day of our hike.... thinking it was a State Park pass.. so... would someone in the group who can use it please purchase it from me and start your/my new year off happily?! Was $49... Now: $39 for one year. Valid until 12/20/2014. Such a bargain and I believe in miracles.

    January 2, 2014

  • Dese'

    New Year's welcome "Wanderers Style", we boogie, we boogie...

    January 1, 2014

  • Marcelyn

    My first time up Bald Mtn., and how great it was to climb it with so many (MANY!) favorite people, and on the occasion of making way for a grand new year. Leigh, you are forever a joy and a hero, both in your role as our amazing leader and as a human being. Thank you for this past splendid year, and for all you've already done to create at least as wonderful a year ahead! Thanks to all for the sharing of time, thoughts and treats. Happy New Year, my cherished wandering family!

    2 · January 1, 2014

  • Richard P.

    Super!

    January 1, 2014

  • Shawna

    Thank you, Leigh for a fun-filled year! This is the first time I've had the pleasure of celebrating New Years Eve so early in the day. Such fun! (Next year, I think 'll plan to rest a while before heading out for evening festivities, because I kept yawning during evening merrymaking.)

    1 · January 1, 2014

  • Nancy

    What a great way to end the year! Happy New Year to you all.

    1 · January 1, 2014

  • Karen S.

    Thanks to Leigh and all the fellow hikers for another great hike and celebration.
    Karen Sanders

    January 1, 2014

  • Stan S.

    Wonderful day. Great to be back on the trail with the group again! Happy New Year to all.

    1 · January 1, 2014

  • Andy E.

    Great hike and party. What a wonderful group. Leigh and everyone, thank you all for your thoughtfulness all year long! Happy New year!

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Marie-Noelle

    Truly enjoyable hike today to say goodbye to 2013 and hello to 2014 with the best possible group! Happy New Year Everyone! (Bonne et Heureuse Annee a Tous!)

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Brenda P.

    Look's like the Hopmonk show in Sebastopol is sold out. But Patty and I are going to be there around 8:45 anyway. And we do have a few ideas for afterwards for the brave and adventurous. So come and join us for as long as you want. Have a safe and pleasant New Years!

    Love to you all.

    December 31, 2013

    • Brenda P.

      If anyone can't find us, text or call me at[masked]

      December 31, 2013

    • Mary A.

      Had one of my best running buddies from many years ago call at the last minute - so lets go dance another time. 2014 will be a good year for dancin our booties off! Have fun 2nite!!!!

      December 31, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Great day, great group, and especially a great leader! Exaulted "Merci beacoup", Leigh, for all you do! Happiness, Prosperity, Good cheer, continued Wanderings in Great Health to every one of YOU. May your best dreams become wonderous reality in 2014!

    December 31, 2013

  • Elaine d.

    Thinking about you all as you celebrate this last day of an absolutely wonderful year on the top of Bald Mountain. I so wanted to be there to share it with you, but the sore throat, coughing, and hacking would not allow. Here's to another year of happy wandering to each and every one of you...... even better than the last!

    1 · December 31, 2013

    • Kathie B.

      Hope you feel better soon!

      December 31, 2013

    • Mary A.

      Feel better soon! Missed you today!

      December 31, 2013

  • susette

    Can't believe I overslept?! Sheesh!! Wishing you all a Wonderful, Wandering New Year!!! : )

    December 31, 2013

    • Kathie B.

      We missed you!

      December 31, 2013

    • Richard P.

      ... and the dog ate your homework! You're going to have to make up for this in 2014!

      December 31, 2013

  • Richard P.

    It ended far too soon, but thanks to all for giving a hearty goodbye to 2013 and sharing hopes for 2014.
    Dustin and Andy: pi = 3.14 and phi = 1.618 see http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Golden_ratio
    Thanks to Leigh for adding only the cream of the crop to our group.
    I'll be stretching in 2014 so I can stay fit enough to keep up with the Wanderers. But if I could only attend the parties, that wouldn't be so bad!

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Incredible day! I'm so thankful for all of my Wanderer Friends. Thank you, Leigh for bringing us all together! Happy New Year Everyone!!!!

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Sylvia M.

    Thank you Leigh for organizing such a fun delightful way to spend the last day of the year.

    December 31, 2013

  • Kathy

    Fabulous day with the most amazing and fun adventurers ever. Oh, yeah, and the hike was fun, too. Happy New Year to the best darn group on the planet.

    1 · December 31, 2013

  • Marianne W.

    Fun as ever!

    December 31, 2013

  • Lynda K.

    We need more stars!!! So good to see everyone and party on the mountain! Many bright blessings to all in 2014!

    December 31, 2013

  • Kathie B.

    What a fantastic way to end a very good year. Thank you Leigh and fellow Wanderers for a year's worth of fun and adventure, big laughs and sweet companionship. Happy New Year everyone, hope to see you soon!

    December 31, 2013

  • Rosemary

    The best of everything…beautiful hiking, clear & warm weather, and most of all great friends!

    December 31, 2013

  • John H.

    Champagne at 3,000 feet with almost 60 of the craziest hikers- what could be beeter?

    December 31, 2013

  • Max

    Wonderful hike with a wonderful group , thanks everybody for sharing their wine and cheese ! Many thanks to Leigh for organizing !

    December 31, 2013

  • Lindsay M.

    Wonderful! Great way to end the year and start the new. Can't wait till the next hike

    December 31, 2013

  • Margaret

    Happy New Year to Everyone! Once again, Leigh gets us together for an amazing start--and I think no one really wanted to leave. I am so happy to be a part of this group. I wish all of you a wonderful year ahead- and best wishes for what you are looking for!

    2 · December 31, 2013

  • Lynda K.

    Under Hwy 12 airporter parking carpool site 8:25am

    December 30, 2013

    • Shawna

      Linda, I'll swing by to pick you up. Please leave a comment, if you change plans, as the carpool spot is a bit out of my way. See ya in the morning! 8:25

      December 30, 2013

    • Lynda K.

      Yay Shawna. It has been way too long. X0

      December 31, 2013

  • Brenda P.

    Santa Rosa Carpool for me!

    1 · December 20, 2013

    • Shawna

      I'll be there, ready to drive, with a State Parks pass, too!

      1 · December 30, 2013

    • Colleen K.

      SO disappointed to miss this party/hike but my leg is sore and I think it's best to rest.

      December 31, 2013

  • Kelsey W.

    Bad cold so am going to not give any germs away for the new year. Happy, healthy, peaceful wishes to each of you.

    December 30, 2013

    • Shawna

      Sorry to hear that you're under the weather, Kelsey. Feel better, and have a happy new year!

      December 30, 2013

  • Marcia B

    Windsor 8:15

    December 30, 2013

  • Nancy

    Windsor carpool anyone?

    December 20, 2013

    • Margaret

      Once we all meet, we have to figure out how many cars we have to take...

      December 30, 2013

    • Margaret

      I think we should be ready to Leave the Windsor carpool area at 8:15--arrive a few minutes earlier so we can decide how many drivers we need and get packed...

      December 30, 2013

  • Dese'

    Exactly where in Windsor is the "Old Dennies" ? Tony and me were still in Jersey making meatballs or something

    December 27, 2013

    • Ellen

      Okay, Dese. Now we know how you will be best dressed!

      1 · December 27, 2013

    • Ken

      8:15 for Windsor carpoolers?

      December 30, 2013

  • Karen S.

    I will be at Adobe Canyon Rd. at 8:40.

    Karen S.

    December 30, 2013

  • Max

    Petaluma Carpool ?

    December 25, 2013

  • Leigh

    Tomorrow is the day to send out 2013 with a bang! Make sure you are dressed and equipped for celebration! There WILL Be prizes but even if you aren't interested in a prize please come ready to blow your horn!!!! You'll need wine or a beverage of choice and a snack for the top. Then.....champagne on ice for the toast at the end of the hike. If anyone wants to bring snacks to share for the toast then please feel free!!! See you tomorrow.... I'll be the one with a tiara!

    December 30, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Adobe Canyon Rd - 8:35-ish...I've been unpacking many boxes in my very un-packed new place - alas! Still haven't found the party hat, but the night is still young! The wine my friend makes in the Minervois, and the Fr pate', however are happily packed in my backpack!

    December 30, 2013

  • Lynda K.

    Adobe Cyn Rd carpool

    December 20, 2013

    • Marcelyn

      I'll also be at Adobe Canyon Road.

      December 30, 2013

    • Kathy

      Adobe Cyn

      December 30, 2013

  • Philip T.

    Adobe canyon for me and I have a pass

    2 · December 29, 2013

    • napastan

      look for a ride at adobe road

      December 30, 2013

  • John H.

    Have a guest wanting to come- an experienced hiker. Hope that reserves a spot for her.

    December 30, 2013

  • Karen S.

    Is anyone driving from Sonoma?
    Karen[masked]

    December 29, 2013

  • Maya

    Windsor carpool.

    December 29, 2013

  • John H.

    car pool from Santa Rosa. Hey is there a street address for my google maps to locate?

    December 20, 2013

    • Leigh

      Always located right at the top right below the date and time...you can download the meetup app for your smart phone and it will guide you there using your map and route function on your phone.

      December 25, 2013

    • John H.

      Meant the carpool location not the park. Santa Rosa?

      December 25, 2013

  • L

    Yes

    December 24, 2013

  • Kelsey W.

    Will be at Adobe Canyon Rd at 8:45.

    December 23, 2013

  • Shirley D.

    I will be at SR carpool if I can get off the wait list

    December 22, 2013

  • Lucille R.

    Adobe Canyon road

    December 21, 2013

  • Lindsay M.

    Love this hike! Perfect inauguration to the the group. Ill be at the Santa Rosa carpool.

    December 20, 2013

    • Carla F.

      I'll be at the santa rosa carpool. I drive a yellow VW beetle convertible. It's hard to miss ;-)

      December 20, 2013

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