Sugarloaf St. Park Bald Mountain-Vista and Headwaters 7-8 miles (Strenuous)

Bring some wine and lunch and let's enjoy the satisfaction of knowing that we worked hard to achieve getting to the top of Bald Mountain!  This is a spectacular trail with a 360-degree view at the summit.   We are starting on Lower Bald Mountain Trail to Vista onto Headwaters and ending on Red Mountain trail to make our way to the top.  We will come down the paved Bald Mountain Trail.  This is a difficult trail.  Steep and narrow trail at some points.

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 primarily 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

Need to know details:

  • Charge of $8.00 per car to enter the park.
  • We stop at a picnic table on the way down for lunch/snack so make sure to pack one!
  • This is a trail that is exposed to the sun during most of the hike...consider a hat and wear sunblock.
  • Wear layers as it will probably start cool but end HOT!
  • Bring lot's of water!
  • We do head out promptly at on time!...make sure you aren't left behind by getting there well in advance.
  • Check your email the night before just in case I have to notify you of any necessary adjustments.

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  • Marinoly R.

    Another one of my favorite hikes! Amazing day, gorgeous views, and an awesome group of people. Wonderful way to spend the day. Thanks Leigh!

    December 11, 2012

  • Leigh

    Wow...what a hike! What a treat to see the snow capped Sierra's 100miles off in the distance. And of course....TOP NOTCH company! Thank you all for joining me today!

    December 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Perfect day, perfect companionship, perfect hike...and lesson well learned, Leigh! When I got home I got all of my job work done in half the usual time because I got out and went for a hike!

    December 10, 2012

  • Stephanie B.

    Thanks Leigh for another winning 10 star morning

    December 10, 2012

  • Stephen G.

    Beautiful scenery at the top and long the way, fairly short hike so the rest of the afternoon is free. Just outstanding.

    December 10, 2012

  • Brigitte G.

    Not too strenuous - and the views were magnificent. You could see the snow on the Sierra's. Definitely worth the hill hike at the end.

    December 10, 2012

  • Colleen K.

    What a wonderful day for this hike! It could not have been better with the views, the weather, the group and especially the zin.

    December 10, 2012

  • Stephen G.

    Anybody leaving from Coddingtown?

    December 9, 2012

    • Colleen K.

      I could carpool from Coddingtown, either ride or drive. We could meet at 8:15.

      December 9, 2012

  • Leigh

    I'm bringing WINE for the top!!!

    December 8, 2012

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