So, what are your thoughts about hiking? If you say “yes, best idea ever!” Then you will love Sugar Loaf Ridge! If you say “no way!” then a visit to Train Town Sonoma may be a better bet. But for now I’m going to just assume you love to hike and love the outdoors. So let’s check out Sugar Loaf Ridge.
Sugar Loaf Ridge is a state park located in the Mayacamas Mountains just north of Kenwood at the end of Adobe Canyon Road. The park is a great place to pack up a picnic lunch, throw it and some water bottles into your back pack and just get after it. There are over 25 miles of hiking trails. From a pretty easy 1 mile nature trail hike to the leg burning 8.2 mile loop over the 2,729ft peak of Bald Mountain. Sugar Loaf Ridge has it all. There are designated mountain bike and horseback riding trails as well, so know matter what, you are pretty much good to go.
Ready for some bonus features.
- Sugar Loaf Ridge has some of the best views of the north bay. On clear days you can see San Francisco, Napa Valley, Mt. St. Helena and yes, the Sierras!
- How about year round camping, yes! The park has 47 campsites. The bathrooms have hot showers and there is a separate group camping area.
- Hiking in spring and early summer has the added beauty of spectacular wildflower displays, it is definitely a must see.
- Winter or early spring hikers can check out the Headwaters to Sonoma Creek boasting a 25-foot waterfall after winter rains.
And if all that isn’t enough you have something very unexpected. The Robert Ferguson Observatory, the largest observatory in the western United States completely dedicated to public viewing and education. The observatory houses a 40” telescope and offers public viewings throughout the year including the popular Star Party.
Pretty amazing park, right?! I know, so tap the calendar icon on your phone right now and pick a day to get up there and check it out, you will be so glad you did.
- Open year round
- 2605 Adobe Canyon Road, Kenwood, CA 95452
- Day use area open 6am – 8pm
- Entry fees are $8 per car
- More info – go to Sugarloafpark.org