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Volunteers work to prepare Sugarloaf Ridge State Park for opening.

The weekend’s promise of clear skies and sunny weather bodes well for hikers, cyclists, ‘shroomers and other lovers of outdoor recreation.

In Sonoma Valley, Calif., many are welcoming the return of Sugarloaf Ridge State Park – which suffered extensive burning in the October fires, but is slowly getting back into full services, according to the Sonoma Index-Tribune.

“We’ve had lots of people coming to see the park since the first of the month” when the park opened for day use, said John Roney, the park’s manager under Team Sugarloaf. “The volunteers have been working hard to make things ready, opening up lots of the park for all to enjoy.”

Starting this weekend, 20 of the park’s 48 camping sites are finally opening for overnight stays as well. Though most of the advance reservations have been snapped up, the park retains four campsites for first-come, first-served visitors who “call or show up at 10 a.m. with a credit card,” said Roney.

The rest of the campsites will be open starting April 15, but online reservations can be made now through ReserveAmerica.com. The campgrounds have been closed since the night of Oct. 8, when advancing fires forced the excavation of all campers and staff from the park.

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