Hike Bald Mountain, Sugarloaf Ridge SP

6 Miles Round Trip - 1540 ft gain - Out-and-Back Trail

Lower Bald Mountain Trailhead - Search Nearby - Added by Tucker Cullen

A beautiful hike to one of the best vistas in Sonoma County. The peak is located in the Myacama Mountains just outside of Kenwood and sits at 2,729 feet above sea level, providing hikers with expansive views of both Sonoma and Napa counties.

Park at the top of Adobe Canyon Road in the gravel parking lot to the left of the ranger kiosk. There is a $7.00 parking fee.

There are many options for routes to the top; the easiest of which is mostly paved (although still steep in parts). To take this route, head north out of the trailhead parking lot on the Lower Bald Mountain Trail, a beautiful stretch of single track that winds through manzanita forest.

This singletrack eventually connects to the paved trail (the Bald Mountain Trail). This trail will take you all the way to the summit, although on the last quarter mile or so the trail becomes steep dirt fire road.

On the top there is a bench and a few maps of the skyline that allow you to identify the surrounding features.

You can retrace your steps to get back to the parking lot, or you can consult the map in order to make it into a loop hike. There are multiple different trails that you can take to get down, most of them are forested and rather steep in parts.

For a fun evening adventure, this hike can also be done at night and is especially popular during a full moon.

There are campsites available near the trailhead if you would like to make it into an overnight trip. Make sure to reserve a site online: www.parks.ca.gov

For those interested, it is also possible to summit Bald Mountain on a bike, although it should only be only be attempted by avid cyclists. Many trails are not bike legal at Sugarloaf so make sure to look into which ones are. If you stick to the Bald Mountain Trail it is possible to do it on a road bike as the trail is nicely paved.

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6 Miles
1540 ft elevation gain
Out-and-Back Trail

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Loving in Santa Rosa, sugarloaf is only a quick 30 minute drive, which makes this a really great hike if I don’t want it to be a full day experience. Sugarloaf offers many amazing options- The first of which, is parking at the very base of the mountain. While driving up to the ranger station, you will find an extremely small parking lot at the Goodspeed trailhead that leads to Hood Mountain. This also will lead you to Sugarloaf by following the road up. You can turn off onto Pony Gate trail and add some great mileage plus amazing views. If parking at the Ranger Station, the many trails up is always fun to play with. The fire road mentioned in the description is amazing for trail running, and it is not technical at all, just fairly brutal with its elevation and exposed style. The other main option is Gray Pine trail, which is much more of a forest hike, but also much tougher with how steep/slippery it can get on the dirt. Regardless you will stoked the entire time. At the top, i love that there are maps on both the North and South side showing the main mountains/ridges in the distance