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Sugarloaf Ridge State Park events

Headwaters to Headwaters Hike Saturday, May 21, 6 a.m.–5 p.m.

Sonoma Ecology Center and Bill Myers and Dave Chalk are bringing back the popular Headwaters to Headwaters Hike at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. This event will be a grand tour of the Mayacamas Mountains in the northern half of Sonoma Valley, where we 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 our adventure to go the back way along the Napa/Sonoma County line. Sonoma County Regional Parks has also kindly allowed us to use the Los Alamos parking lot as a drop-off point, despite the Hood Mountain Regional Park closure.

The route will take participants through some of the wildest and most beautiful sections of Sonoma County, filled with massive trees and lovely wildflowers. The terrain also holds the history of the McCormick and Hurd families.

At the end of the 11-mile hike, join your fellow adventurers for a delicious barbecue meal and libations at the Sugarloaf park dayuse picnic area. This year, in addition to the original route, we are introducing an “Epic Route” for experienced hikers who want to skip the bus and hike the entire 17 miles!

Butterflies, Dragonflies, & Summer Wildflowers Saturday, May 28, 9 a.m–1 p.m.

After the year’s rain, it’s butterfly and dragonfly season. Join naturalist John Lynch on this 5-mile guided nature hike, with approximately 800 feet of elevation gain. We’ll be looking up rather than down to discover what’s flying around, and learning a little about creek, pond, and meadow habitats. Our route will explore the Sonoma Creek ecosystem along the Creekside Trail, then head up the Lower Bald Mountain Trail to look for some summer wildflowers, then walk the Vista Trail to a small pond/marsh, with return via Meadow Trail.

Tickets are $15 for general admission, $7.50 for students and youth (12–17 years old), Sugarloaf members and volunteers, and free for children under 12. Meet at the White Barn parking area. Bring water, sun protection, and if you have them, butterfly and wildflower guides. Rain cancels. Parking fees apply.

Forest Therapy Walk Saturday, May 28, 9:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. or 2–5 pm

A centering and calming restorative practice, forest therapy promotes balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress-reducing qualities of this walking praxis, led by certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) practitioners. Tickets are $20, or free with a 2022 ParkRx from a Sonoma County medical provider. Visit 2019/03/ParksRx_info.pdf for ParkRx information. Meet at the White Barn. Parking fees apply.

Family Hike Monday, May 30, 10–11:30 a.m.

Come to the park for a peaceful hike through the woods. Join our docents on this fun family hike that is good for all ages. During this 2-mile hike with 400 feet of elevation gain, you will learn about Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, its plants, animals, and history. Free event. Meet outside the visitor center. Registration is not required. Parking fees apply. Heavy rains cancel.