Lower Johnson Ridge Trail

Sonoma County, California

Elevation Gain126ft
Trailhead Elevation955ft
Elevation Min/Max851/955ft
Elevation Start/End955/955ft
Lower Johnson Ridge Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sonoma County, California. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 955 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 126 feet. Near the trailhead there are drinking water, a parking, a picnic site, an information map, and restrooms. This trail connects with the following: Pond Trail and Panoramic Ranch Trail.

Lower Johnson Ridge Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Three routes climb to the summit of Hood Mountain and the Gunsight Rock Overlook: the Hood Mountain Trail from the north end of Hood Mountain Regional Park; the Goodspeed-Nattkemper Trail from Sugarloaf Ridge State Park; and the Lower and Upper Johnson Ridge Trails via Sonoma Valley off of Pythian Road, which begins near the western base of Hood Mountain. The trail climbs to the 2,730-foot summit and continues to the Gunsight Rock Overlook, an extensive rock formation with a notch. From the perch are expansive views of Sonoma Valley, Annadel State Park, Sonoma Mountain, Santa Rosa, and the coastal mountains. The hike accesses several trails en route to the summit, passing through Hood Creek Canyon, the headwaters of Hood Creek, a dense coniferous woodland, a freshwater wetland, and the Hendrickson Homestead site."

"Hood Mountain Regional Park sits in the Mayacamas Mountains five miles east of Santa Rosa. The park lies adjacent to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. Interconnecting trails link the two parks. The 5,800-acre wilderness park has elevations ranging from 650 feet 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 parkland includes rolling meadows, deep canyons, sheer wooded slopes, and dramatic rock outcroppings. This hike begins from the main trailhead parking lot at Pythian Road. The trail climbs through the 247-acre Lawson Property, which provides public access from the Sonoma Valley floor. The hike follows the Lower Johnson Ridge Trail to Merganser Pond and Blue Heron Pond, climbing through mixed woodland forests and grassland habitats while overlooking Hood Creek Canyon. Despite the thousand-foot elevation gain, the trail winds only halfway up to the summit of Hood Mountain. From the ponds, however, are views overlooking Sonoma Valley, Annadel State Park and Glen Ellen. (Hike 87 continues up to the summit.)"

"This hike begins from the newest addition to Hood Mountain Regional Park on the western base of Hood Mountain. The 247-acre Lawson Property, along with the Johnson property, now provides public access from the Sonoma Valley floor, from Pythian Road to the crest of Hood Mountain. This hike follows the Lower Johnson Ridge Trail to Merganser Pond and Blue Heron Pond while overlooking Hood Creek Canyon."

Lower Johnson Ridge Trail Reviews

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I've done this a couple of times. It's okay if you live in Sonoma and don't feel like venturing to Marin or the Sonoma coast (where all the really amazing trails are). Not too steep, relatively easy and short. Bring sunscreen. A lot of it is exposed.
Great hike. Remote with great views, mixed environments and scenic lakes. Trails are not well marked and tend to be confusing. Take a map.
Very east walk, not a hike. Good spot to take out-of-towners, good views and thats about it. On the hike out it is nice to take Toyon trail and go though the cemetary, is old and creepy!

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Jun 2018