Sugarloaf open to the public, with limits
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is partially open. The parking lots, visitor center, campground, and some trails including Creekside Nature Trail, Canyon Trail and the Meadow-Hillside loop are open to visitors once again. All other trails are closed until further notice due to impacts of the Glass Fire.
Camping reservations can be made 48 hours in advance.t Go to: reservecalifornia.com or on same day by calling 833-6084. Due to COVID-19, campsite rules and procedures have been put in place designed to keep visitors and staff safe. Go to www.sugarloafpark. org to see all the rules.
Upcoming Sugarloaf events
Post-fire restoration and clean-up Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Help Sugarloaf with trail restoration work. Work includes bridge and step construction, installing signs, clearing, lifting, carrying and hiking. Bring gloves, hat, and water. Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Poison oak is present, so long sleeves are suggested. There will be trained crew leaders with tasks for all. Minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Tools, food and beverages provided.
Cultural anthropologywalk Nov. 21, 10-11:30 a.m. or 12-1:30 p.m.
In honor of the original inhabitants of this land, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and the Sonoma Ecology Center present a cultural anthropology walk led by Breck Parkman, retired California State Parks Senior Archaeologist. Come for a leisurely walk on the Meadow Trail and listen to Parkman speak of Sugarloaf ’s cultural history, ecology and geology. Meet at the White Barn. This is a bilingual, free event but please RSVP at [email protected] org as space is limited to 12 participants. Parking fees apply, rain cancels. Social distancing and mask-wearing rules in compliance with County Health orders will be observed.
Family walk Nov. 27, 10 a.m.-noon
Come to the park for a peaceful hike through the woods. Join Sugarloaf docents on this fun family hike that is good for all ages. During this two-mile hike with 400-ft elevation gain, you will learn about the park, its plants, animals, and history.
Weather permitting, the hike will begin and end at the Visitor Center. This is a free event but parking fees do apply. Please RSVP to [email protected] as the walk is limited to 12 attendees.
The Glass Fire burned approximately 75 percent of Sugarloaf. The Sonoma Ecology Center, which operates the park, is encouraging donations to help rebuild. You can double your donation with a matching gift from the Sonoma Ecology Center Board of Directors. Go to www.sonomaecologycenter.org.