Sugar Loaf 8.5 mile Vista Loop or 5.5 mile Solar System option

Sugar Loaf State Park in Sonoma County
5.5 mile intermediate Solar System Interpretive Trail out and back
or
8.5 mile advanced Vista Loop

8:00am Meet at 11th and P to arrange carpools
10:00 am Meet at the horse trailer parking lot at the end of the road, but fyi the bathrooms are near the pay kiosk. Once we are gathered, we will head towards the Robert Ferguson Observatory. From there we will hike the relative distances between the planets of our solar system. Once we hit Pluto, we 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 to the cars, or continue on the 8.5 mile Vista Trail with about 1600 ft elevation gain. We'll top Bald Mountain at 2,729 feet where we will enjoy a break before heading back.

Things to bring:
Plenty of water and electrolytes 
Lunch and snacks
Hat and sunscreen
Layers

Directions:
I-80 west
Exit Hwy 12 and stay on Hwy 12 through Sonoma towards Santa Rosa,
Follow Hwy 12 THROUGH Sonoma
Turn right on Adobe Canyon Road. Look for Vineyards Inn Bar & Grill on the corner. 
Adobe Canyon Road becomes Mountain Trails Road then McCormick Lane. 
Pay $10 or show a state pass at the gate and drive to the end of the road and park in the horse trailer parking lot.

Click on the link below & print directions.
http://goo.gl/maps/uMvSs

10:00 am estimated arrival at trailhead 
3:00 pm estimated ending time at the trailhead
5:00 pm back to Sacramento unless you decide to stop for dinner on the way home

Pay your driver $4.00 hour travel time about $15.00.

Contact: Shannon B. [masked]

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  • Lito.

    Excellent and very friendly group !!!

    April 20, 2014

  • Rosa D.

    Great times with some amazing people. Thank you all! =)

    April 20, 2014

  • Kristy L.

    Such an awesome day! A new (to me) trail, new friends and, now, new memories. Thanks to organizers and leaders. Looking forward to the next one!

    April 20, 2014

  • Jim P.

    This was my first hike with the group. It was an all around spectacular day. Can't wait for the next one.

    April 20, 2014

  • Hengameh M.

    great hike. Thank you Jeff for leading.

    April 19, 2014

  • Anneli

    What a great day, beautiful hike, wonderful weather, fun company. Thank you Shannon for posting and Jeff for leading.

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • Phanh

    Thank you Jeff for being our leader today! :-)

    April 19, 2014

  • Phanh

    Another great hike! Thank you Bert and Tuyen for being such wonderful hiking companions. I hope to hike with you two again! Thank you Bert for driving!

    April 19, 2014

  • Amy

    Anyone want to carpool from Davis?

    1 · April 17, 2014

    • WENDY

      I'm at the park and ride: green scion..

      April 19, 2014

    • WENDY

      Kristi L. We are waiting until 8:10 am

      April 19, 2014

  • MKay

    We will meet you at the trailhead.

    April 19, 2014

  • Caroline C.

    I'm a maybe. It all depends if I can finish cooking late tonight.

    April 18, 2014

  • chris k.

    sorry Shannon...was in a little fender bender and head not in hiking..

    April 18, 2014

  • Jim P.

    I can take 3.

    April 18, 2014

  • Robert Z

    Sorry, I have to back out of this one. I hurt my calf this week. Really wanted to do this hike too!

    April 18, 2014

  • Andrew

    Sorry, need to back out of this one. Going to make one last blast on the slopes. It'll be a slush-fest for sure.

    April 17, 2014

  • Hengameh M.

    is anyone interested in carpooling from Roseville?

    April 16, 2014

  • Tessa E.

    Anyone able to pick me up in Citrus Heights[masked]?

    April 13, 2014

    • Joshua E.

      I live in Citrus Heights can give you a ride if you still need a ride.

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • Joshua E.

    I will meet you at the trailhead

    April 14, 2014

  • barbara j.

    I live in Vacaville, so I will meet you at the trail head

    1 · April 12, 2014

    • Phanh

      Hi Barbara! Looking forward to hiking with you again! :-)

      April 13, 2014

  • Tim

    I'm going from napa so also will meet you there at the parking lot. If anyone wants to carpool from napa let me know. I would likely go 29 and dry creek through the mayacamas

    April 13, 2014

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