Bring a flashlight and your sense of wonder as you explore the park after dark. This hike begins at the White Barn and heads up to the viewpoint on Vista Trail, where we will see the moon rise over the Mayacamas and the sun set over Sonoma Valley.
This is a moderate-to-strenuous, 4.2-mile hike with 700ft of elevation not recommended for children under 7.
Tickets are $10 general, and $5 for students, youth (12-17 year olds), Sugarloaf members, Sugarloaf volunteers, and free for children 7-12 years old. All minors must be accompanied by a responsible adult. Be at the meeting location at least 10 minutes prior to the start of the hike for a prompt departure. Bring water, snacks, and extra layers for the evening. Parking fees apply.
Ease of access: the White Barn parking area has one van-designed parking spot and one accessible porta-potty. The Lower Bald Mountain Trail has two trailheads; one starting from the main parking lot and one starting from the group camp. It is a single-track dirt and gravel trail with multiple narrow switchbacks and inclines for an elevation gain of approximately 500ft. Vista Trail is a narrow, single-track dirt trail with steep, rocky, slippery sections and multiple sections of stairs. Grey Pine connects Vista Trail to Meadow Trail. The section between Vista and Meadow is a double-track dirt trail with a creek crossing. Hikers cross a plank to continue onto the trail. Meadow Trail is a mostly flat composite trail manageable by strollers and wheelchairs from the trailhead to about a mile in, although officially not an ADA-compliant trail.
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