Just an hour from San Francisco and just east of Santa Rosa, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park provides an opportunity to see the headwaters of Sonoma Creek. From this beginning, the creek flows through a canyon, a meadow and around amazing rock formations.
What Makes It Great
Since 2012, the park is operated by a nonprofit group, Team Sugarloaf, which oversees camping sites and the on-site observatory. Along with star-gazing, visitors can take on the moderately challenging 5.4-mile Ridge Trail along a 1,550-foot climb from valley floor to the top of Bald Mountain. While it goes through redwoods and grasslands, the trail can be hot in the summer and soaking wet in the winter. At the top of Bald Mountain, you'll see a sweeping 360 degree view.
Who is Going to Love It
Day hikers looking to immerse themselves in the natural California wilderness will love the redwoods forests and impressive views. Photographers are enchanted with the area as well. It's a fun place for families as well, especially if visiting for a weekend camping trip.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
The park is located at 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd, Kenwood, CA 95452.