Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is part of the California State Park System. Well, it was. Several years ago, in a cost saving move, several parks were dropped from funding. The park is now run by Team Sugarloaf, a group of five non-profit organizations. There is a nominal day-use fee.
The park is under 10 miles from Santa Rosa is about an hour from San Francisco. Nestled in the Mayacamas Mountains where Napa and Sonoma Counties merge, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park contains the headwaters of Sonoma Creek. The creek runs through the park’s gorge and canyon, through a meadow and beneath scenic rock outcroppings. There are 25 miles of hiking trails as well as some camping spots. It is a great little hidden treasure!
I first visited Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in late April, hunting wildflowers. An article had noted that the wildflowers were impressive this spring, somehow in response to the wildfires that permeated the area in late 2017. The article was right. In fact, the area leading to the park was pretty as well, passing through some vineyards, open fields and even neighborhoods where flowers were also in bloom. I also stopped at Trione-Annadel State Park, a few miles further down the road.
The drive to the park offered some pretty views and flowers.
If you have not yet visited these wonderful state parks, add them to your To-Do List. Next spring would be a good time for a visit.