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Hike to Pluto 5.6 in & out or 8.5 mile galaxy loop exploration option

Join us for an interpretive hike in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park starting at the Sun and traveling past all the planets through our solar system and ending up at Pluto, (which we all know is no longer deemed a planet) and beyond. This journey will give you a perspective on how far apart the planets are from each other. 

We will meet at the horse trailer parking lot at the end of the road.  Once we are all gathered we will head towards the Robert Ferguson Observatory.  When we see the sun we will gather again to start our journey.  From here we will travel through our solar system noticing that some planets are closer together than others.  You may notice that the farther out into the solar system we get the farther apart each planet is.  Once you hit Pluto you will have traveled 3.67 billion miles or about 2.8 trail miles and about 800 ft elevation gain.  At this point you can turn around and travel back through the solar system to make your journey about 5.6 trail miles or continue with me for an exploration 8.5 mile loop and about 1600 ft elevation gain.  We will travel on the ridge over looking the Valley of the Moons passing through Grey Pine before we hit Bald Mountain at 2,729 feet where we will start our descent back to earth in and out of galaxy trails I have never explored before.  Are you up for this journey?  Then come join us and be sure to ride with those that are traveling the same distance.

Things to bring;

Layered Space Suit as you never know what the weather will be like that far away from earth this time of year.

Plenty of water

Lunch and space snacks

Spacehat and martian dust sunscreen

First Aid

A camera to capture any martians that may show themselves.  I know they'll be watching us from afar.

And the usual things you like to bring.

Directions;

I 80 exit Hwy 12 and stay on Hwy 12 through Sonoma towards Santa Rosa, turn right on Adobe Canyon Rd. Look for Vineyards Inn Bar & Grill on the corner.  Adobe Canyon Rd becomes Mountain Trails Rd then McCormick Ln.  Pay $10 or State Pass at the gate and drive to the end of the road and park in the dirt horse trailer parking lot just past the stables. Click on the link below & print directions.

http://goo.gl/maps/uMvSs

I guestimate we will start at the trail head about 10:00 am and be back at the trail head about 3:00 pm.  Pay your driver $4.00 hr travel time totaling about $15.00.

You may contact me, Jeff K at[masked] if you have any questions.

 

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  • Susan

    Hey, Jeff and Andrea, thanks so much for an out-of-this-world hike! Gorgeous. I'd do it again...

    April 8, 2013

  • Cathy H

    Fabulous! Thanks Jeff, Shannon - and Dave H, et al for the fun commute! Great times!

    April 8, 2013

  • Sheila M

    Views were great and hikers were fun to be with. Always makes for a good day. Thanks Jeff for getting it together!

    April 8, 2013

  • Pam

    Thank you Jeff for organizing such an awesome hike!

    April 8, 2013

  • Shannon B 😍

    Thank you Jeff for showing us the best of Sugar Loaf.

    April 7, 2013

  • Rebecca B.

    Beautiful location and fun hike. Thank you, Jeff.

    April 7, 2013

  • Jeff K

    Thank you all for coming and making this a wonderful hike today. It was truely a great mountain to explore with all the moss groves and the 360 degree views from the top with some great peeps all around. Also thank you all that helped out. You know who you are. See ya next time.

    April 6, 2013

  • David V

    Jeff - Thanks for organizing a great hike! And thanks to Daniel for organizing dinner and driving - lots of fun and good company.

    April 6, 2013

  • Thomas

    Great hike and company!

    April 6, 2013

  • Florrie

    Excellent hike - enough uphill and downhill plus beautiful meadows and mossy rocks make this a very interesting hike. Great people and conversations, too. Thank you, Jeff and Andrea, for putting on a great hike!!

    April 6, 2013

  • Israel C

    This was a great hike, great workout, great day, thanks for setting this up Jeff.

    April 6, 2013

  • Dave H.

    Thanks for a great hike today Jeff I'm feeling like I got in a good workout. I met many good people on the trail and my carpool riders were a blast.

    1 · April 6, 2013

  • Della R.

    I loved the hike: beautiful vistas and vegetation. I felt well rewarded for my efforts at the summit of Bald Mountain with its panoramic view! Thanks Jeff for organizing this hike.

    April 6, 2013

  • Richard C

    This was a completely new park and trail for me and it turned out to be a great hike.

    April 6, 2013

  • John L.

    Pleasant hike.

    April 6, 2013

  • christine h.

    I regretfully have to cancel . A family member is in the hospital. I hope to make the next adventure. I hope you all have a great time

    April 6, 2013

  • Garry J.

    Can't make it today. Hope everyone else enjoys the hike :-)

    April 6, 2013

  • Jan P

    I know this is late, but am unable to make this hike tomorrow. will call also

    April 5, 2013

  • Jan P

    I'd like to carpool from Sunsplash. Hoping to make the 8.5 mile hike.

    April 2, 2013

    • Cathy H

      room for one more? I wonder if they allow dogs? Small lap sitting dogs.

      April 5, 2013

    • Pam

      I will be at the 11th & p p&r as the sunsplash carpoolers have cancelled. No dogs allowed on this hike.

      April 5, 2013

  • gilda

    got to go to a class from my work.n Have fun, see you next time.

    April 5, 2013

    • Pam

      Okay, I will be at 11th and P p&r.

      April 5, 2013

  • chris k.

    too many

    April 5, 2013

  • Mike B.

    Anybody else coming from Folsom?

    April 5, 2013

  • Mark S.

    Can't make this one, but I'm in for Sunday.

    April 5, 2013

  • David M.

    Darn, I have to cancel, I need to go into work tomorrow.

    April 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would also like to grab a ride at the Davis Park and Ride. Has this been worked out? Will someone be driving or picking people up?

    1 · April 4, 2013

    • Richard C

      Jeff - thanks. I think we'll have a full car coming from Davis. I'll call if we have someone else that needs a ride at Davis.

      April 4, 2013

    • Teresa B.

      I'm also coming from Davis. My number is 400-6292. I can drive.

      April 5, 2013

  • Della R.

    I'll driving from Lodi via Hwy 12 and meeting you at the horse trailer parking lot.

    April 4, 2013

  • Laura H.

    I don't do "30% chance of rain" or "AM showers". Have fun, though. Good luck with the weather!

    April 4, 2013

  • gilda

    Any one leaving from Sunsplash? I am interested in carpooling. Thank you.

    April 1, 2013

    • gilda

      I will try the 8.5 mile, I am new, but not afraid to try, hopefully it is not very steep.

      April 3, 2013

    • Pam

      Sounds good! I'll be at sunsplash a few min early so we can leave at 8. See you then!

      April 4, 2013

  • EB

    Sorry to miss.

    1 · April 4, 2013

  • gilda

    I will be at SunSplash in the hopes of carpooling with someone.

    April 3, 2013

  • Christy

    Hey Daniel! Sonoma for dinner sounds wonderful! Will you be at the 11th & P parking lot? Christy

    April 3, 2013

  • Christy

    Will be great fun!!! Looking to carpool with someone. I wil be coming from Fair Oaks and am interested in the 8.5 mile loop

    April 2, 2013

    • Pam

      Great, should we meet at sunsplash at 8:00 a.m. for those who want to carpool at that p&r?

      April 3, 2013

  • Richard C

    I'll be coming from Davis, so I'll be at the Mace P&R at 8:30.

    April 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    sorry cant make it. got a race the following morning and need to pick up my packet between 10am and 6pm on saturday. i will for sure go to the next exciting hike

    April 2, 2013

  • Richard C

    Is anyone from Davis considering this hike? We could meet at the Mace Park & Ride lot at 8:30. Post a message here if you are interested in carpooling from Davis.

    April 2, 2013

    • John L.

      I would like to leave from Davis.

      April 2, 2013

  • Jeff K

    My best guess, and it is only a guess, we should be back in Sac by about 5 or 6.

    April 1, 2013

  • Caroline C.

    What time are we expected to get back to Sac if we do the longer hike?

    April 1, 2013

  • diane

    What time will we be back in Sacramento?

    March 31, 2013

  • Christina S.

    Sorry - gonna miss out on this one.

    March 30, 2013

  • Laura H.

    Sounds neat. I'm there.

    March 25, 2013

  • Andrea

    In response to a couple of questions I've received: Dogs Allowed? No, According to the Sugarloaf Park brochure, dogs are not permitted on park trails or in the backcountry.

    Bathrooms Available? There are pit toilets at the park entrance, about a 1/4 mile before the trailhead.

    March 19, 2013

  • Chico O ✌

    This sounds wonderful, Jeff, but I gotta go see the Walking Dead finale. Sorry!

    March 19, 2013

  • Allan W.

    + 8.5 mile exploratory loop ---- can I carry a phaser stun-gun?

    March 17, 2013

  • Christina S.

    Galaxy Loop

    March 1, 2013

  • Shannon B 😍

    Cool, space travel!

    February 28, 2013

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