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Sugarloaf Ridge State Park plans November events

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Sugarloaf Ridge State Park plans November events
Hikers holding a variety of yoga poses on a stop along Lower Bald Mt Trail. Unknown source or date, taken at Sugarloaf Ridge SP.Source: Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Forest Therapy Walk (ParkRx): Sat, Nov. 19, 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

A centering and calming restorative practice, forest therapy walks promote 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 or newer ParkRx from a Sonoma County medical provider. Visit https://sugarloafpark. org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/ ParksRx_info.pdf for ParkRx information. Meet at the White Barn. Parking fees apply.

The Animals of Sugarloaf with Naturalist John Lynch: Sat, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

November can be a very peaceful time at Sugarloaf. Wet or dry, it’s the month for nature to take a moment. But the animals are still here. Birds call, coyotes yip, and if you turn over the wrong rock, you may hear a rattle. However, for most, the presence of wildlife requires a bit of sleuthing. A broken twig lets us know a mule deer was browsing, some Tootsie-Roll-like scat left by a bobcat marks its territory, a dirt and fir-needle tower tells us a turret spider lurks below. Join certified California Naturalist John Lynch on a 4.1-mile, 3-hour hike from Lower Bald Mountain Trail, over to the Vista Trail, and then down to and back on Meadow Trail. For this hike we need to sharpen our senses and put on our deer-stalker caps.

Tickets are $15 for the general public and half price for students, youth (12 to 17-year-olds), Sugarloaf members, and Sugarloaf volunteers. Children under 12 can attend for free. Meet at the main 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 rains cancel. This hike is not accessible by wheelchair or stroller.

Yoga Hike (ParkRx): Sat, Nov. 19, 10 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Enjoy your yoga experience in the beautiful setting of Sugarloaf Ridge State 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. The hike is free with an October 2022 or newer ParkRx from a participating Sonoma County medical provider.

Family Hike: Fri, Nov. 25, 10 – 11:30 a.m.

Come to the park for a peaceful hike through the woods! Join our docents on a fun family hike 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.

The event is free; registration is not required. Meet outside the visitor center. Parking fees apply; heavy rains cancel. We invite you to bring a reusable drink container for your little one to enjoy free hot cocoa post-hike, if desired.

Group Fitness Hike: Nov. 26, Dec. 10, Dec. 17, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.

Choose your own adventure! Part of our Hiking for Fitness program, these free, moderate to strenuous group hikes are geared to keep you motivated through the cold season. Registration required. Parking fees apply. Hikes are (usually) every second and fourth Saturday of the month.

Nov. 26 – Route A: Goodspeed to Nattkemper bench; 4.2 miles; 1,060 feet of elevation gain; meets at the Goodspeed lot. Route B: Goodspeed to Gunsight Rock; 6.5 miles; 2,080 feet of elevation gain; meets at Goodspeed lot.

Dec. 10 – Route A: Vista Loop; 3.6 miles; 700 feet of elevation gain; meets at White Barn lot. Route B: Vista to Bald Mountain Loop; 6 miles, 1,520 feet of elevation gain; meets at White Barn lot.

Dec. 17 – Brushy Peaks to Neptune picnic table: 4.3 miles, 650 feet of elevation gain; meets at the White Barn lot.

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