Goodspeed Trail

Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, California

Distance3.1mi
Elevation Gain2,658ft
Trailhead Elevation676ft
Top2,728ft
Elevation Min/Max640/2728ft
Elevation Start/End676/676ft
Goodspeed Trail is a hiking trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Sugarloaf Ridge State Park and Hood Mountain Regional Park. It is 3.1 miles long and begins at 676 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 6.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 2,658 feet. The trail ends near Mount Hood (elevation 2,733 feet). This trail connects with the following: Hood Mountain Trail and Gunsight Rock Trail.

Goodspeed Trail Professional Review and Guide

"This is the third route to the Hood Mountain summit and the Gunsight Rock Overlook. The trail begins 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, sunexposed slope of Hood Mountain. En route, the trail enters Hood Mountain Regional Park, leading 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 views from the overlook are fantastic."

Goodspeed Trail Reviews

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7/11/2011
Outstanding hike with great scenery. A very worthwhile hike.
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3/10/2010
I tried posting once but it looks like it didn't work so here goes again. My sister and I did this trail on a bright, sunny day. It took us two old gals about five and a half hours, including stops for lunch, nature admiration, and photography. We found it simply glorious. It starts on the Sugarloaf State Park side in a lovely little redwood grove that runs along a babbling brook, then rises into grassland, then up into oak/madrone forest, and out along a ridge that takes you to the final little uphill push to Gunsight Rock. Fabulous views from the grasslands up, all along the trail. Indian warrior in full bloom at Gunsight Rock; manzanita groves blooming pretty much all along the trail. The view from Gunsight Rock, of course, is legendary - all of Sonoma Valley from Oakmont down to the Bay, with Mt. Tam, Mt. Diablo, and the towers of San Francisco visible in the distant haze. The trail is very well maintained on the SugarLoaf State Park side; somewhat rougher after it crosses into Hood Mountain Regional Park but still quite good. The trail is well graded and presents no difficulty to reasonably fit, experienced hikers. The only tricky spot was fording Sonoma Creek. In early March the water was deep and fast flowing, but we managed to rock hop across. I chose to get my boots a bit wet in spots rather than risk balancing on a wet pointed rock, my theory being that I prefer a wet foot to a broken back, however I didn't get any real soakers. Later in the season as the flow slows down to a trickle this shouldn't be an issue. Beautiful hike; highly recommended. Walking stick came in handy fording the creek.
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Sugarloaf Ridge State Park
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Jun 2018