Sugarloaf Ridge reopening
On the road to recovery after last October’s wildfires, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park in eastern Sonoma County reopens to the public in February.
Volunteers have repaired wooden bridges, walkways, retaining walls, and other damaged infrastructure. Although a few fire scars may linger for years, green carpets of grass and tender shoots are already covering the park. In fact, the park’s spring wildflowers are expected to be amazing this year.
Starting Feb. 1, visitors will be able to once again picnic, hike, and explore Sugarloaf, although some trails will still be closed for repairs. Beginning Feb. 15, campers will be able to stay in half of the campground sites; the remaining half will open April 15.
The Robert Ferguson Observatory is located inside Sugarloaf; the observatory was spared by the flames, and will host its second star party of 2018 on Feb. 10.
About $40,000 worth of park repairs are still needed; donations can be made online at sugarloafpark.org.