Pony Gate–Canyon Loop to Sonoma Creek Falls Professional Review and Guide
"Sugarloaf Ridge State Park is named for its distinct conical-shaped ridge of volcanic rock. The 2,200-foot ridge rises above Adobe Canyon from the south edge of Sonoma Creek. The headwaters of the creek form on the upper slopes of Bald Mountain, the highest peak in the park, and flow through a grassy meadow into Adobe Canyon. Along the valley floor, the path passes Sonoma Creek Falls, where the creek plunges 25 feet over a jumble of huge, moss-covered boulders. The falls is surrounded by the forested shade of Adobe Canyon. This hike forms a scenic and diverse loop in the lower west corner of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The Pony Gate Trail traverses a grassy slope above Sonoma Creek through a mixed forest of coast live oak, laurel, and fir. The Canyon Trail returns along the creak past Sonoma Creek Falls through a lush forest of redwoods, oaks, bay, sycamore, maple, alder, and madrone. Sonoma Creek is seasonal and is often dry by the end of summer."