Bald Mountain event sells out quickly but park still accessible
Sonoma Valley residents jumped at the opportunity to take in the 360-degree views from Bald Mountain during a special event high atop Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in Kenwood.
Team Sugarloaf, a collaboration of five partner organizations led by the Sonoma Ecology Center, almost immediately sold out its Jan. 26 fundraising hike and picnic brunch at the scenic park.
Proceeds will go toward the operation and maintenance of 2,700-acre Sugarloaf Ridge, one of 70 state parks that had been slated for closure last July. Team Sugarloaf now oversees the park and all services, including more than 20 miles of hiking trails, picnicking, camping and the Robert Ferguson Observatory, one of the largest amateur observatories in the United States.
The special event included the rare oppotunity to visit Bald Mountain by chauffeured four-wheel drive vehicles, which usually aren’t permitted. The elevation gain to Bald Mountain is 1,500 feet, with the return trip all downhill.
In addition to the Sonoma Ecology Center, Team Sugarloaf volunteers are from the Valley of the Moon Observatory, Valley of the Moon Natural History Association, United Camps Conferences and Retreats and Sonoma County Trails Council.
The team will operate and maintain Sugarloaf Ridge for the next five years to ensure public access to the park services.
Hikers who’d like to go on guided hikes can visit Dave & Bill Hikes at sonic.net/~fmi/daveandbill.html for a schedule of upcoming excursions in area parks. For more information about Sugarloaf Ridge, visit parks.ca.gov/?page_id=25131 or call 833-5712.
The park is located at 2605 Adobe Canyon Road in Kenwood.