Sugarloaf is another great Sonoma County Park loaded w/ views. And I mean VIEWS!
Just wait 'til you see what it looks like up there!
This will be a 6 & 1/2 mile hike, w/ an altitude gain of roughly 1600'.
This is a moderate to strenuous hike (depending on your condition).
On past hikes here, newbies said it was great, so don't be intimidated by the gain - it's not that steep, but oh are the views worth it! We'll be taking a completely new route this time that will afford a more moderate route up plus an all trail decent (No fireroad).
If the grp wants we'll grab a bite and/or drink after the hike, which we typically do on this one.
We'll have our typical vino/snack break along the trail to Bald Mountain, then we'll have lunch on the summit - the views from the top are amazing! There's nothing like sharing a meal and vino at the top of a beautiful mountain!
The Plan: Meet at the parking area just inside the park where we'll hit the trail and weave our way up to Bald Mountain. As always there will be a vino/snack break, and later we'll have lunch on the summit. There are interpretive signs on the summit to help ID the surrounding landmarks, which include: Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, the steep hillsides of Jack London State Park, and the hillsides of Annadel State Park, Mt Wittenberg - the highest peak on Point Reyes (33 miles west); Snow Mountain (65 miles north); Mount Diablo (51 miles southeast); Mount Tamalpais (37 miles southwest); and the Golden Gate Bridge (44 miles southwest).
This is a combined event w/ other Meetup grps, so it will be a good opportunity to meet some new people.
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 5 mi and park in the lot just inside the park.
What To Bring:
Vino! (and cups)
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.)
Vino/Snacks for our pre-lunch break during the hike
Lunch ~ Food and more food to share (dried fruit/nuts/seeds, chips, dips, salsa, deserts - be creative!)
Drinks, drinks, drinks!
If you've been on any of my hikes you know what to expect - so be prepared for fun!
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