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October events at Sugarloaf Ridge

October events at Sugarloaf Ridge
A maple leaf sits in a ray of sun surrounded by leaf litter at Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in November 2019.Photo by Kristen Russell

Yoga hike: Saturday, Oct. 22; 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Enjoy your yoga experience in the beautiful setting of our park! Susan Topf ’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of easy hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work, and guided meditation, no mat necessary. Tickets are $30 and include parking if registered in advance online. Meet outside the visitor center. Sonoma County resident? This class is free with an October 2022 ParkRx from a participating Sonoma County medical provider. Visit https:// sugarloafpark.org/wp-content/uploads/ 2019/03/ParksRx_info.pdf for ParkRx information.

Forest therapy walk: Saturday, Oct. 22; 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 2 to 5 p.m.

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 an October 2022 ParkRx from a Sonoma County medical provider. Meet at the White Barn. Parking fees apply.

Oaks hike: Sunday, Oct. 23; 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Oaks are a keystone species in Sonoma County, but they also hold immeasurable cultural significance for the local California Indigenous peoples. Join Desirae Harp, member of the Wappo tribe, on this hike full of storytelling, singing, and cultural demonstrations.

Meet at the White Barn parking lot. Bring plenty of water and sun protection, wear appropriate clothing and footwear for slippery and rocky trails, and, if desired, bring a snack. Parking fees apply. Heavy rain cancels.

Meadow and Hillside Trails are fire roads with two 100-foot hills and a small stream crossing. Meadow is passable by strollers or wheelchairs up to the bridge, about a mile in, but is not officially an ADA trail.

A “spooky” autumn hike with naturalist John Lynch: Saturday, Oct. 29; 9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join certified California Naturalist John Lynch on a “spooky,” 3-mile, 2.5-hour hike from Creekside to Hillside Trails and back through the meadow, exploring this very special season. With Halloween around the corner, we might just discover flying saucer galls, zombie leaves, plants that have been skeletonized, or even some “ghostly“ sheet web spiders. Have the bats been using their bat house? Let’s find out. We’ll also see if we can identify some of the “treats” of the season (seeds, nuts, and berries) and the plants that produce them.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and half-price for students, youth (12-17 years old), Sugarloaf members, or Sugarloaf volunteers. Children under 12 can attend for free. Meet at the White Barn parking lot. Bring plenty of water and sun protection, wear appropriate clothing and footwear for slippery and rocky trails, and, if desired, bring a snack. Parking fees apply. Heavy rain cancels. This hike is not accessible by stroller or wheelchair.

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