The Kenwood Press
: 03/01/2014

Sugarloaf State Park activities



Trail work days

On March 1 and 2, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the Sonoma County Trails Council will guide a trail work day on lower Bald Mountain Trail. Bring gloves, a hat and water bottle. Proper attire is a must: please wear long pants, boots or sturdy shoes, sunscreen or rain gear. No experience necessary. Trained crew leaders will provide tools and guidance. The Sonoma Trails Council will provide parking passes, snacks and beverages afterwards. Please contact Ken Wells (kenwells@sonic.net) if you plan to attend. Meet at the main day use parking lot.

Volunteer training

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is seeking volunteers. It will host a volunteer training day on Saturday, March 1, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Come find out more about volunteering for the park. For more information or to sign up, contact Susan St. Marie (sstmarie@jacklondonpark.com) or call 938-4827.

Mushroom walk

The first one was too dry, the second one was too wet; this mushroom hike will be just right! On Saturday, March 8, at 10 a.m., local expert George Reiner will teach hikers about the fascinating world of our fungal friends. The walk is limited to 25 guests. Be prepared for two miles of walking over moderate terrain. Meet at the visitors center. There is a $5 per person fee and $8 parking fee at the gate. To RSVP, email sugarloaf@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Bill & Dave hikes

Join Bill & Dave for a two-loop hike on Saturday, March 8, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The first part is 2.5 miles long and has a 300-foot elevation change, with a trip to the waterfall. The second half goes along Bald Mountain Road, Vista and back via Hillside, is 2.5 miles, and has an 800-foot elevation change. Meet at 8:45 a.m. at the main day-use parking lot. No charge for hike, no RSVP, but parking fees apply. For more information, visit the Bill and Dave website at billanddavehikes.com.

Natural history walk

Join State Park's Senior Archeologist E. Breck Parkman as he traces the fascinating history of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, from the geological forces that created this special place, to the lifestyles of its earliest inhabitants. The walk will take place on March 15, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Be prepared for 1.5 to 2 miles of walking over moderate terrain. There is a $5 per person fee, plus $8 per car parking fee. Under 18 free. RSVP to sugarloaf@sonomaecologycenter.org.

Full-moon walk and sunset walk

Later on March 15, from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., join in on a beautiful 2.5- to 3.5-mile walk over moderate terrain, enjoy the sunset and watch the moon rise. Warm clothes and hiking shoes are a must. Bring a flashlight and your sense of adventure. Meet at the White Barn parking area at 6:15 p.m. Enjoy a campfire at the hike's finish. RSVP to sugarloaf@sonomaecologycenter.org.