Bald Mountain Trail

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, California

Elevation Gain1,910ft
Trailhead Elevation2,291ft
Elevation Min/Max1340/2733ft
Elevation Start/End2291/2290ft

Bald Mountain Trail

Bald Mountain Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. It is 2.3 miles long and begins at 2,291 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,910 feet. The trail ends near Bald Mountain (elevation 2,730 feet) and the Bald Mountain viewpoint. This trail connects with the following: Gray Pine Trail, Vista Trail, Stern Trail, Lower Bald Mountain Trail, High Ridge and Red Mountain Trail.

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100 Classic Hikes in Northern California (The Mountaineers Books)
John R. Soares & Marc J. Soares
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"Before you tour Sonoma Valley’s famous wineries, climb Bald Mountain for a panoramic view of the Sonoma Valley and many of Northern California’s high mountains."
"Sonoma Creek forms from three ephemeral forks on the east slope of Bald Mountain and Red Mountain. The Headwaters Trail is a scenic half-mile trail that skirts the western fork of Sonoma Creek in a fern-filled oasis, connecting the Red Mountain Trail with the Vista Trail. The Vista Trail leads through a lush forested corridor, crossing a couple of ravines with small streams, and traverses a grassy hillside. This hike begins on the Bald Mountain Trail and forms a loop on the Headwaters and Vista Trails, returning through the park meadow along the banks of Sonoma Creek."
Hiking California's Wine Country (Falcon Guides)
Bubba Suess
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"The loop to the summit of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park’s Bald Mountain is one of the epic Wine Country hikes. The hike climbs the remote headwaters of Sonoma Creek while reaching the summit of Bald Mountain. From the top of the peak, hikers enjoy the most spectacular vista of the entire region. The southern half of the Mayacamas Mountains forms the divide between the Napa Valley in Napa County and the Sonoma Valley and Santa Rosa Plain in Sonoma County. This part of the range’s highest point is awesome Hood Mountain, which is 2,730 feet high."

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This hike isnt pretty, your on a paved road most of the time. The views from the top of bald mountain are incredible but the hike just sucks. If you are in the area, hike Gunsight rock, either goodspeed trail or from pythian. Around the same hikeing distance and way prettier!
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The pinnacle of this trail provides a commanding view in all directions and has good signs identifying what is in view. The trail itself is primarily on a paved fire road and a good portion is paved. It is also extremely steep, so provides a good workout. We spied 2 snakes crossing our path but neither were rattlesnakes. Also, the wind was so strong we could only spend a few minutes at the top.

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Trail Information

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Nearby City
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, 2605 Adobe Canyon Rd., Kenwood, CA 95452; 707-833-5712;
Local Contacts
U.S.G.S. Kenwood and Rutherford
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