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Back Country Hikes

Friday Nature Hikes

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park

Friday, July 22, 2016

Join us on Friday, July 22, as we explore the less-traveled McCormick addition of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Beginning at Hood Mountain Regional Park, we will hike into the state park and follow Quercus and Headwaters trails. Our destination is the Grandmother tree, a magnificent old Coast Live Oak. This moderate hike of 5.6 miles roundtrip (elevation gain about 700 feet) takes 3–3/12 hours, including a lunch stop on the route back.

Please note that we will leave promptly at 9 am, a bit earlier than usual to avoid summer heat. Take plenty of water, some snacks and a lunch. You will need good boots as the trail is rocky in parts.

Directions to trailhead: We will meet at the Los Alamos or upper parking lot of Hood Mountain Regional Park. From Santa Rosa, drive east on Highway 12 toward Kenwood, turn left on Los Alamos Road and drive 5.5 miles to the park entrance. If coming from Sonoma or points east, you would turn right on Los Alamos Road. ALERT: sections of Los Alamos Road are narrow and winding. Allow time to navigate this road.

Sponsored by Team Sugarloaf, Jack London Park Partners and California state parks.


Bill and Dave Hikes

Saturday, August 20, 2016

Please join Bill & Dave Hikes and the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council for a joint hike on Saturday, August 20.    We will be hiking the “not yet open to the public” Calabazas Creek Open Space Preserve.   This 1,285 acre property off Nun’s Canyon Rd. in Glen Ellen is owned by Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation and Open Space District  and is slated to become Calabazas Creek Regional Park in the future.  Running from just off Highway 12 to the Napa line, this is a spectacular property and a wonderful hike.    Led by Malcolm Jones of the Ridge Trail and me, this will be an out and back hike of about eight miles total.  The hike will start promptly at 10 AM so plan to arrive by 9:45 AM.  As always, dress according to the weather, bring a lunch and plenty of water.

The Ridge Trail is now 25 years old and is a proposed 550 mile linked multi-use trail system around the Bay and currently has 370 dedicated miles.  Less than 200 to go!  About 50% of the planned mileage in Sonoma County is complete including trails in Jack London State Historic Park, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, and Hood Mountain Regional Park among other locations.   When open, the Calabazas Creek trail will be an access trail for the Ridge Trail as it works to complete the Sonoma to Napa trail section.

This hike is limited to 50 people and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED.  There is NO CHARGE for this hike.  Register at; 



Contact Bill Myers at 707-833-6288 or Malcolm Jones at 707-246-0966 for further information.  Bill & Dave Hikes are sponsored by the Bay Area Ridge Trail Council, Sonoma County Regional Parks, California State Parks, Jack London Park Partners and Team Sugarloaf.  Please visit www.billanddavehikes.com for our remaining 2016 schedule.


 Please visit our web page www.billanddavehikes.com  which includes the remaining 2016 schedule.  If you have questions, please call  Bill at 833-6288.


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