Lower Bald Mountain Trail Professional Review and Guide
"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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