Lower Bald Mountain Trail is a hiking trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. It is a mile long and begins at 1,214 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 1.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 486 feet. The Day Use Parking parking, the Group Camp site, the Robert Ferguson Observatory museum, and the Planet Walk and Mars information boards are near the trailhead. There are also restroom and drinking water. Near the end of the trail is a bench.
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"Upper Sonoma Creek, in Sugar Loaf Ridge State Park, is framed by Sugarloaf Ridge to the south and the slopes of Red Mountain and Bald Mountain to the north. Sonoma Creek forms from three ephemeral forks that drain from the peaks. This hike makes a loop along the lower half of the mountain slope, while Hike 96 makes a longer and more strenuous loop up to the ridgeline. The hike begins on the Bald Mountain Trail and steadily ascends a thousand feet to the headwaters of Sonoma Creek. The Headwaters Trail is a scenic half-mile trail that skirts the western fork of Sonoma Creek in a fern-filled oasis at the upper end of the loop. The hike then heads down the Vista Trail through a lush forested corridor, crossing a couple of ravines and a grassy hillside. The trail returns through a meadow along the banks of Sonoma Creek."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books).
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