On this hike we will explore some of the parts of Sugarloaf that we miss on our usual Bald Mountain hikes. The basic loop I am planning is a moderate 6.5 mile hike featuring creeks, a big waterfall, meadows and some pretty nice vistas. We will start promptly at 10:00AM with a 2 mile warm up loop on Pony Gate to Canyon trail. This will pass by a very nice waterfall that should be really flowing if the rains hit as predicted. We will then take the Hillside trail to Digger Pine to Vista trails and will stop for lunch at Columbine Meadow (suggested that you bring something dry to sit on). After lunch you will have the option of either completing this loop via Vista to Lower Bald Mtn trail to the parking lot, or add 3 miles (9.5 total) and another 1000' of elevation gain to hit Bald Mtn via Headwaters, Red Mtn and Digger Pine trails. Here is a link to the trail map: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/481/files/SugarloafRidgeFinalWebPDF072809.pdf To make the optional Bald Mtn extension possible, I will need a volunteer who is familuar with Sugarloaf to either lead the first group back down to the parking lot or lead the 2nd group up to Bald mountain. Please note in the comment section if you are that person.
Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below. It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.
We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time. A steady pace and we just keep going! If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions. If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight. Our pace averages 2.5mph. We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group. Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy
Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details. Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.
Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time. That is the time we head out on the trail. It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival. You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.
Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
Duration: 3 or 4.5 hours
Fee: Yes. I think it's $8 but could be $10
Facilities: At trailhead
Dogs?: None allowed
Bring plenty of water. More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
Dress in layers. The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.
Bring a lunch. We will eat as described above.
Bring your smile and great attitude! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!
Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive. Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There isalways that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work! General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!Then PLEASE if possible try to use the three locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.
Car pool locations: PLEASE NOTE IN YOUR CARPOOL COMMENTS IF YOU PLAN ON DOING THE LONGER OR SHORTER HIKE!
SANTA ROSA: Caltrans Park & Ride lot adjacent to the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial building. We gather by the Airporter pick up point to leave by 9:30
PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 9:15
At Hwy 12 and Adobe Canyon Rd: Turn on Adobe Canyon Rd and proceed about 1/10th of a mile. You will see a dirt pull out on the left side of the road. Near the entrance to Landmark Winery. Leave here by 9:50
Directions: From Hwy 101 in Santa Rosa, take the Fairgrounds/Hwy 12 exit. Hwy 12 becomes Farmers Lane as it heads through downtown Santa Rosa. Continue on Hwy 12 for 11 miles to Adobe Canyon Rd. and turn left. Drive 3.5 miles to the entrance kiosk to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.