Sonoma Sun Event Calendar

Headwaters to headwaters: A Mayacamas hike extravaganza Sugarloaf State Park

Saturday April 28th - 8:45am

On April 28, join Bill & Dave Hikes for a rare opportunity to hike from Hood Mountain Regional Park to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park via the historic McCormick Ranch section of Sugarloaf. This will be a grand tour of the Mayacamas Mountains in northern Sonoma Valley and will pass close to the headwaters of Santa Rosa and Sonoma creeks. The Perry family has generously given permission to hike through their property, allowing hikers to go the back way along the Napa/Sonoma county line. Participants will go through some of the wildest and most beautiful sections of Sonoma County, filled with massive trees and lovely wildflowers. The terrain also has some amazing history, especially of the McCormick and Hurd families. At the end of the 11-mile hike, there will be a delicious barbecue meal at the Sugarloaf day use picnic area, beer and wine included.

Participants should arrive at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park no later than 8:45 a.m., and shuttle buses to the Los Alamos parking lot of Hood Mountain Regional Park will leave at 9 a.m. From there, hikers will follow the Hood Mountain Trail down to Homestead Meadow and then cross into the McCormick addition of Sugarloaf, work their way up and then southeast along the county line and enjoy lunch at the top of “hill 2530” (named for its elevation). There will also be a break at the Red Barn on Sugarloaf State Park property, where snacks and cold drinks will be provided by Team Sugarloaf. The group will then proceed up to Bald Mountain and finally work its way back down to the day use area at Sugarloaf for a barbecue dinner. The route covers approximately 11 miles with elevation gain of about 2,800 feet. Expect to arrive at the barbecue at about 4:30 p.m.

Tickets include transportation, snacks, drinks, and BBQ. Tickets are $45 for general; $20 for ages 13-18, and available at, search “headwaters.”