Hood Mountain Trail

Hood Mountain Regional Park, California

Distance3.3mi
Elevation Gain2,370ft
Trailhead Elevation2,136ft
Top2,726ft
Elevation Min/Max756/2726ft
Elevation Start/End2136/2136ft

Hood Mountain Trail

Hood Mountain Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Hood Mountain Regional Park. It is 3.3 miles long and begins at 2,136 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,370 feet. The trail ends near Mount Hood (elevation 2,733 feet). This trail connects with the following: Santa Rosa Creek Trail, Panorama Ranch Trail, Cypress Trail, Upper Johnson Trail, Goodspeed Trail, Homestead Meadows and Summit Trail.

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Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Hood Mountain is the 2,730-foot centerpiece of Hood Mountain Regional Park. It is the highest peak between Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. The 5,800-acre wilderness park includes three hiking routes up to the summit and the nearby craggy overlook known as Gunsight Rock. This hike accesses the summit from the upper (north) entrance at the end of Los Alamos Road. The strenuous route takes the Hood Mountain Trail (a fire road) to the summit and the Gunsight Rock Overlook. The massive jumble of rocks sits high above Sonoma Valley. (The prominent rock face can be seen from the Sonoma Highway.) From the overlook are spectacular vistas of the valley. On a clear day, the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, and the Sierra Nevada Range are visible." Read more
Day Hikes Around Napa Valley (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"This hike is a 9.4-mile, one-way shuttle. The hike climbs from Sonoma Valley, up to the Hood Mountain summit, and down into Adobe Canyon. Hood Mountain, located on the southern end of the Mayacamas Range, is the highest peak along the Sonoma-Napa county line. Along the hike are expansive views of Sonoma Valley and the coastal mountains. The diverse route winds through canyons; climbs over ridgetops; and passes through open grasslands, mixed woodlands, Sargent cypress, and a pygmy forest of Mendocino cypress." Read more
Day Hikes Around Napa Valley (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Hood Mountain Regional Park sits in the Mayacamas Mountains five miles east of Santa Rosa, adjacent to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The 5,800-acre wilderness park has elevations ranging from 650 feet above sea level to 2,730 feet atop the crest of Hood Mountain. The park contains the headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek and tributaries that feed Sonoma Creek. The diverse park includes rolling meadows, deep canyons, sheer wooded slopes, and dramatic rock outcroppings." Read more
"Hood Mountain Regional Park and Sugarloaf Ridge State Park lie adjacent to each other in the Mayacamas Mountains, a 52-mile range that stretches between Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. Three routes access the 2,730-foot summit of Hood Mountain. This trail begins from Adobe Canyon Road on the west side of the mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The hike utilizes the Goodspeed and Nattkemper Trails, overlooking Sonoma Valley while crossing the southwest-facing, sun-exposed slope of Hood Mountain. About midway through the hike, the trail enters Hood Mountain Regional Park. The trail continues to the 2,730- foot summit and the Gunsight Rock Overlook, a distinctive formation of massive rocks perched on the cliffs just beneath the summit. The trail is strenuous, but the views from the overlook are fantastic. On a clear day, the vistas extend to the Golden Gate Bridge, the Pacific Ocean, and the Sierra Nevada Range" Read more
Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books)
Robert Stone
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"Hood Mountain is a 2,730-foot mountain with a craggy rock face that overlooks Sonoma Valley just east of the city of Santa Rosa. The headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek and Sonoma Creek form on the slopes of the mountain, which is the centerpiece of Hood Mountain Regional Park. Gunsight Rock Overlook lies just southwest of the summit. The overlook is an extensive rock formation with a notch. Three routes climb to the summit of Hood Mountain and the Gunsight Rock Overlook. The next three hikes (Hikes 87–89) include the three routes, which access the peak from three different trailheads. A fourth hike—Hike 90—is a 9.4-mile shuttle hike that travels the length of the park across Hood Mountain. This hike begins at the southwest entrance at the end of Pythian Road. The trailhead is accessed from Sonoma Valley at the western base of Hood Mountain. The route takes the Lower and Upper Johnson Ridge Trails to the 2,730-foot summit and Gunsight Rock Overlook. From the vertical rock perch are expansive views of Sonoma Valley, Annadel State Park, Sonoma Mountain, Santa Rosa, and the coastal mountains. The hike follows along Hood Creek Canyon, the headwaters of Hood Creek, through a dense coniferous woodland, then continues to a freshwater wetland and the Hendrickson Homestead site. The trail ascends the crest of Hood Mountain to its summit and to the Gunsight Rock Overlook." Read more
"This hike leads from the upper Hood Mountain trailhead on Los Alamos Road to Adobe Canyon Road, combining Hike 88 and Hike 89 into a 9.4-mile, one-way shuttle. The strenuous hike leads from the upper reaches of Sonoma Valley, up to the Hood Mountain summit, and down into Adobe Canyon, following the length of Hood Mountain Regional Park. The 2,730-foot Hood Mountain lies on the southern end of the Mayacamas Range between Sonoma Valley and Napa Valley. It is the highest peak along the Sonoma-Napa county line. A short side path near the summit leads to the Gunsight Rock Overlook, a massive array of rocks that sits high above Sonoma Valley. Along the trail are expansive views of the valley and the coastal mountains. On clear days, the views extend from San Francisco to the Sierra Nevada Range. The diverse route winds through canyons; climbs over ridgetops; and passes through open grasslands, mixed woodlands, Sargent cypress, and a pygmy forest of Mendocino cypress. The shuttle car is left at the trailhead along Adobe Canyon Road in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. The hike begins from the upper, north Hood Mountain trailhead at the end of Los Alamos Road." Read more
Hiking California's Wine Country (Falcon Guides)
Bubba Suess
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"The hike up the Hood Mountain Summit Trail is a journey through remote, rugged country. The lush Santa Rosa Creek headwaters are a stark contrast to the harsh climate found at the pygmy forest, an area where poor soils cause the trees to be stunted. The trail ends at Gunsight Rock and a magnificent view high above the Sonoma Valley." Read more

Hood Mountain Trail Reviews

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8/14/2011
the redwoods on the hike are a pleasant surprise. very pleasant hike and great picnic area in the park to round out the experience.
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6/13/2010
Started at Sebastian sidei. The first half of the trail is really pretty. You go through vineyards, then enter the park and the train museum...then it gets mediocre. The closer you get to Vallejo, the less scenic it gets. Not a whole lot of shade so bring sunscreen.
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5/10/2008
This is an amazing hike. Great area that you go through, along santa rosa creek, then up into the trees and fantastic vista views from gunsight rock. Not an easy hike, not too hard either.
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Trail Information

Hood Mountain Regional Park
Nearby City
Hood Mountain Regional Park
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Hood Mountain Regional Park, 3000 Los Alamos Rd., Santa Rosa, CA 95409; (707) 565-2041; parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Get_Outdoors/Parks/Hood_Mountain_Regional_Park_Open_Space_Preserve.aspx
Local Contacts
U.S.G.S. Kenwood • Hood Mountain Regional Park
Local Maps

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