Sugarloaf feels far removed from the crush of humanity just a few miles away. You’ll share the trails with a variety of wildlife which includes the occasional roaming black bear and silent mountain lion (don’t worry, they want to avoid you as much as you want to avoid them—unless you leave them snacks. Don’t.). The park is also the headwaters of the Sonoma Creek, year round stream and fish habitat that flows into San Francisco Bay.
"Sugarloaf feels far removed from the crush of humanity just a few miles away."
On a clear day you can’t see forever, but from atop the nearly 3,000-foot summit of Bald Mountain you can see the Sierra Nevada to the east and the Golden Gate Bridge to the south. Well, maybe you can see forever. The park’s Ferguson Observatory provides public viewing of the heavens through a 40-inch telescope, a perfect outing before spending the night in one of the park’s 44 campsites. There are two wheelchair accessible campsites (6, 7) with an accessible restroom and showers. The campfire pits for these sites are also accessible, with a variety of wheelchair seating areas.
"A perfect outing before spending the night in one of the park’s 44 campsites."
In addition to great hiking, Sugarloaf offers challenging mountain biking to rival the better known Annadel state park nearby. If you’re up for a 2,400-foot climb, pedal up the Meadow trail to the Grey Pine trail and find your way down via High Ridge, Bald Mt. Road and Stern Road. If you prefer exploring on 4 legs and you have your own beast, Sugarloaf offers some of the best trail riding in the area, with over 25 miles of trails offering views of both valleys (Sonoma and Napa). Watering troughs and hitching posts available. Once you've finished your trek, make a beeline for Tip’s Roadside just outside the park on Highway 12 for a tri-tip sandwich and a cold beer. You earned it.