The Kenwood Press
News: 08/01/2020

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park events



Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is open. Park visitors must comply with social distancing, hygiene, and face-covering requirements, such as:

  • Stay at least six feet from others who are not part of your household.
  • Carry a face covering at all times. Coverings must be worn outdoors when you cannot stay six feet from others, such as when passing others on a trail.
  • Do not use drinking fountains. Bring your own water.
  • Do not use group facilities.
Sugarloaf has resumed small 12 person socially distanced events. If you have any questions, contact Alma Shaw at 833-5712. Or go to www.sugarloafpark.org.

Full Moon Hike, Aug. 3 6:30-10 p.m.

Bring a flashlight and your sense of wonder as you explore the park after dark. This hike begins at the White Barn and heads up either to Bald Mountain or to Indian Rock, where we will see the moon rise over the Mayacamas and the sun set over Sonoma Valley.

The Bald Mountain route starts at 6:30 p.m. It is strenuous and will cover 6.5 miles with 1,500 plus feet of vertical gain with some steep sections.

The Vista Trail route is a moderate-to-strenuous 4-mile hike with 700 feet of elevation gain. It begins at 7 p.m.

Meet at the White Barn at least 15 minutes prior to the start of the hike for a prompt departure. Bring your mask, water, snacks, and extra layers for the evening. Parking fees apply.

Creekside Nature Hike, Aug. 8 and 15, 9:30-11 a.m.

Come on a 1.4-mile nature hike along the Sonoma Creek. On the hike your leader will teach you about the plants, animals, and aquatic life of Sonoma Creek. The hike starts at the Visitors Center. No fee, but parking charges apply. The first hike starts at 9:30 a.m., second starts at 11 am. Sign up at the Visitor Center or RSVP to alma@sonomaecologycenter.org. Limited to 12 participants.

Sugarloaf Trail Crew, Aug. 13, 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 that you can carry hands-free (i.e. bring a backpack).Wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes and sunscreen. Poison oak is present, so long sleeves are suggested.

There will be tools provided and trained crew leaders with tasks for all. Those under 18 years old must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Also provided will be food and beverages.

Forest Therapy, Aug. 22, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Have you heard about Shinrin-yoku or Forest bathing? Here is an opportunity to take a walk and experience the practice for yourself. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress-reducing qualities of this walking practice. Shinrin-yoku originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States for its documented health benefits.

This practice takes a walk in the woods to another level. A centering and calming restorative practice, it promotes balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Recent articles have been written up in Oprah, Time Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its ParksRx Program the fourth Saturday of each month. These walks are led by certified ANFT (Association of Nature and Forest Therapy) practitioners. See www.natureandforesttherapy.org/ for more info about this practice.

Tickets are $20. Go to sec.simpletix.com/e/56108.