This is a combined event w/ other Meetup grps, and is also posted here http://www.meetup.com/Bay-Area-Hiking-Biking-Adventure-and-Vino/
The Plan: Meet at the parking area just inside the park where we'll hit the trail and hike up Bald Mountain Trail where we'll pass by Hood Mountain. As always there will be a vino/snack break, and later we'll have lunch on the summit. There is an interpretive sign on the summit to help ID the surrounding landmarks, which include: the Napa Valley, Sonoma Valley, the steep hillsides of Jack London State Park, and the hillsides of Annadel State Park. If visibility permits, we'll also see Mount 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).
Sugarloaf has everything:
-not so steep, but steep persistent inclines
-waterfalls and hidden glens
-rolling hills, w/ deer and trilling frogs
-rocks and oaks, begging to be climbed
Directions: 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.
This is a $3 admin fee for this hike.
What To Bring:
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
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!
Your sense of humour is an absolute must!
This is a combined event w/ other Meetup grps, so it will be a good opportunity to meet some new people.