‘Sugar Shuttle’ for hikers expands
Experienced hikers wanting to make one-way treks on some of eastern Sonoma County’s challenging trails have even more chances in 2019 to park their car at the end of their planned route and take the “Sugar Shuttle” back to the starting trailhead.
The six-passenger rideshare van operates on the second weekend of each month, but for 2019 both May and September will be Shuttle Months, with Sugar Shuttle service every weekend day, all month long.
The shuttle makes hourly loops on three different routes in the Sonoma Valley, with service on only one of the routes each weekend. The routes include:
- North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park to Jack London State Historic Park
- Sugarloaf Ridge State Park to Hood Mountain Regional Park, Pythian Road parking lot
- Sugarloaf Ridge State Park to Hood Mountain Regional Park, Los Alamos Road parking lot
For a suggested $10 donation per person, hikers can park their vehicle at the trail’s end and take the shuttle to the starting trailhead. It’s possible to park at the start of the trail, hike to the end, and then take the Sugar Shuttle back to the starting point, but timing the return shuttle trip can be tricky as these can be long hikes. Shuttle reservations are recommended, but hikers without reservations can ride the shuttle if space is available.