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May
22
Sun
Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 22 @ 10:00 am – 12:30 pm

Enjoy your yoga experience in the beautiful setting of our park! Susan Topf’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of easy hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation, no mat necessary.
Please wear weather-appropriate clothing to feel comfortable being in a natural setting and bring water (as needed).
Route varies on weather conditions and group interest that typically covers 2-3 miles of varied terrain.
Tickets are $30 and include parking if registered in advance online.
All levels and ages welcome. Meet outside the Visitor’s Center unless otherwise noted in confirmation email prior to the hike. Limited to 12 participants.

Sonoma County Resident? Free with a 2022 ParkRx from a participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info.
May
28
Sat
Hiking for Fitness: Group Fitness Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 28 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join our Hiking for Fitness “graduates” on this free, intermediate-level group fitness hike. RSVP is not required.
For a complete schedule–including routes, mileage and elevation gain–visit the Hiking for Fitness page and click on the “Maintenance Hikes – 2022” tab.

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Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
May 28 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The practice of Forest Therapy has been shown to improve health and well-being.

Have you heard about Shinrin-yoku or Forest bathing? Here is an opportunity to take a walk and experience the practice for yourself. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress reducing qualities of this walking practice. Shinrin-yoku originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States for its documented health benefits.

This practice takes a walk in the woods to another level. A centering and calming restorative practice, it promotes balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Recent articles have been written up in Oprah, Time Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its ParkRx Program the 4th Saturday of each month. These walks are led by certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) practitioners. Visit natureandforesttherapy.earth for more info about this practice.

Tickets are $20 or free with a 2022 ParkRx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider (click here for ParkRx info).

We are offering a morning (9:30am-12:30pm) and afternoon (2-5pm) session for every date. Tickets are valid only for the date and time purchased.

Jun
11
Sat
Hiking for Fitness: Group Fitness Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 11 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join our Hiking for Fitness “graduates” on this free, intermediate-level group fitness hike. RSVP is not required.
For a complete schedule–including routes, mileage and elevation gain–visit the Hiking for Fitness page and click on the “Maintenance Hikes – 2022” tab.

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Jun
25
Sat
Hiking for Fitness: Group Fitness Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 25 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
Join our Hiking for Fitness “graduates” on this free, intermediate-level group fitness hike. RSVP is not required.
For a complete schedule–including routes, mileage and elevation gain–visit the Hiking for Fitness page and click on the “Maintenance Hikes – 2022” tab.

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Forest Therapy @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 25 @ 8:30 am – 11:30 am

The practice of Forest Therapy has been shown to improve health and well-being.

Have you heard about Shinrin-yoku or Forest bathing? Here is an opportunity to take a walk and experience the practice for yourself. Learn techniques to maximize the health benefits and stress reducing qualities of this walking practice. Shinrin-yoku originated in Japan and is gaining popularity in the United States for its documented health benefits.

This practice takes a walk in the woods to another level. A centering and calming restorative practice, it promotes balance and restored vitality through a quality of presence and heightened sensory awareness. Recent articles have been written up in Oprah, Time Magazine, and National Geographic, as well as numerous other publications. Sugarloaf Ridge State Park hosts a Forest Therapy Series as part of its ParkRx Program the 4th Saturday of each month. These walks are led by certified Association of Nature and Forest Therapy (ANFT) practitioners. Visit natureandforesttherapy.earth for more info about this practice.

Tickets are $20 or free with a 2022 ParkRx from a Sonoma County Medical Provider (click here for ParkRx info).

We are offering a morning (9:30am-12:30pm) and afternoon (2-5pm) session for every date. Tickets are valid only for the date and time purchased.

Jun
26
Sun
Yoga Hike @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jun 26 @ 9:30 am – 12:00 pm

Enjoy your yoga experience in the beautiful setting of our park! Susan Topf’s Yoga Hike balances a mix of easy hiking and gentle yoga postures, breath work and guided meditation, no mat necessary.
Please wear weather-appropriate clothing to feel comfortable being in a natural setting and bring water (as needed).
Route varies on weather conditions and group interest that typically covers 2-3 miles of varied terrain.
Tickets are $30 and include parking if registered in advance online.
All levels and ages welcome. Meet outside the Visitor’s Center unless otherwise noted in confirmation email prior to the hike. Limited to 12 participants.

Sonoma County Resident? Free with a 2022 ParkRx from a participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info.
Jul
9
Sat
ParkRx – Intermediate Hiking for Fitness Series @ Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
Jul 9 @ 8:00 am – 12:00 pm
If you have previously completed the Beginner Hiking for Fitness Program, or can hike at least three miles with some elevation gain, this series is for you.
Join us for an 8-week Intermediate Hiking for Fitness Series. The program leaders will guide you on a series of weekly hikes with the challenge increasing each week. Leaders will have group discussions about gear, hydration, hiking poles, first aid and pacing, etc. The group’s final hike aims for Bald Mountain, where hikers can enjoy stunning vistas.

The hiking series costs $80, or free-of-cost for hikers with an April 2022 or newer ParkRx from a participating Sonoma County Medical Provider. Click here for ParkRx info. To sign up with a ParkRx, please email alma@sonomaecologycenter.org Please have your ParkRx available at the time of sign-up, as the number of ParkRx tickets is limited and you will be asked for a copy.

Hike Schedule
1) Sat 7/9 – Waterfall Loop, 2 miles, 595ft elevation [meet @ main lot]
2) Sat 7/16 – Vista Trail Loop, 3.6 miles, 700ft elevation[meet @ white barn lot]
3) Sat 7/23 – Goodspeed to Nattkemper bench, 4.2 miles, 1060ft elevation [meet @ Goodspeed lot]
4) Sat 7/30 – Hillside / Brushy Peaks – Neptune picnic table, 4.6 miles, 780ft elevation [meet @ white barn lot]
5) Sat 8/6 – Vista Trail Loop (counter-clowise), 4.7 miles, 1000ft elevation [meet @ white barn lot]
6) Sat 8/13 – Jack London Fern Lake and May’s Clearning, 5.5 miles, 1264ft elevation gain [meet at Sonoma Creek bridge on Arnold Dr.]
7) Sat 8/20 – Bald Summit (w/ optional Headwaters wiggle = 5.8 mi), 5.25 miles, 1500ft elevation [meet @ white barn lot]
8) Sat 8/27 – Goodspeed to Gunsight Rock, 7.5miles, 1900ft elevation gain [meet @ Goodspeed lot]
(routes subject to change based on group and weather)

Wear appropriate footwear for muddy or slippery trails and layers, as the group hikes in light rains. Bring water, and if desired, a snack. The group will be limited to 30 participants. County Health guidelines will be applicable.

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