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Vista Trail

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.6 mile 2.5 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 87' 26 m
Descent: -617' -188 m
High: 1,931' 588 m
Low: 1,330' 405 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 9% (5°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)

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Trail shared by Megan W

This aptly named trail through the heart of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park does not disappoint.

Megan W

Features River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers

Description

The Vista Trail forks off from steep Bald Mountain Trail and ambles on pleasantly along the level for a time. Cross seasonal streams and a small fern grotto. This upcoming section of the Vista Trail is the undisputed highlight: grassy, peaceful meadows with expansive views of the surrounding hills. Contour along the rolling hillside through rock formations and consider taking the short but overgrown out-and-back to the vista point for views of Columbine Meadow below.

Continue along the Vista Trail past the junction of the Headwaters Trail to descend steeply through dense hardwood groves. Marvel at the moss covered rocks and trees here, but keep an sharp eye on the rugged trail too- erosion and rocky sections make for tough footing. The grade levels for the last half mile of the Vista Trail as the trail approaches close enough to Sonoma Creek to enjoy its burbling progress. Note: bikes are not allowed on this trail.

Flora & Fauna

Circling hawks are often seen hunting in the open meadows. Hummingbirds frequent the wooded sections while friendly snakes and lizards soak up the sun. Wildflowers in later winter, early spring.

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Aug 27, 2016
Ron noyb
1.6mi — 10h 00m

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Photos

Nice views on the Vista Trail
Mar 30, 2015 near Kenwood, CA
Well-cut track on Vista Trail
Apr 25, 2018 near Kenwood, CA
Vista Trail green in springtime (April 2018)
Apr 25, 2018 near Kenwood, CA
Flower meadows on the Vista Trail
Mar 30, 2015 near Kenwood, CA
Open meadows of the Vista Trail provide the vistas
Dec 30, 2014 near Kenwood, CA
Panoramic views from this rocky point
Dec 30, 2014 near Kenwood, CA

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