Hello everyone! It’s another gloomy 4th in the Bay Area (can’t get used to that), but luckily we were able to start the holiday weekend with a getaway to warmer weather. Just north of Sonoma is Sugarloaf Ridge State Park (which I stumbled upon when I was searching for nearby campgrounds with openings on this busy weekend). We drove up after work and it was only 1:15hs from the Berkeley area, with a stop in Sonoma for dinner – nice! We stopped at the Red Grape and enjoyed their pizza & wine. We got to the campground and it was idyllic: kids playing on bikes, quiet and very family-friendly.
We were [of course] up early and ready for a hike the next morning. I had picked out Bald Mountain hike on All Trails. After breakfast of oatmeal, eggs, and bacon we were ready to go. We found the trailhead which had a nice map and write up available.
We gained elevation and were soon above the clouds. We let Nathan out to do some hiking too.
And as always, the mid-hike potty break.
The views were really nice on this hike, and a lot of it was paved, so it wasn’t too bad. There were vineyards on some of the mountains too. Nathan got a nice snooze on the way back.
Getting back to the campground, we grabbed some PB&J’s and snacked before attempting to nap. That didn’t work so well, but playing on rocks was more fun!
We really liked this campground and are excited to go back, it was so easy to get to and a great place for kids. There are several shorter (1-2 mi) hiking options for families plus some extended ones. And next time we’re planning our stops at Sonoma wineries on the way back!