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    James Hill updated Goodspeed - Nattkemper Trails

    over 6 years ago

    James Hill reviewed Sugarloaf Ridge State Park: Mount Hood Trail

    over 6 years ago

    The last 1.5 miles is steep, strenuous, & rocky in places. Even the smooth portions of the trail are steeply graded, unlike typical trails in the High Sierra (designed for pack mules). Your elevation gain is more than 2,000 feet in only 3.5 miles. There are no great views from the summit, unless you stand on top of a small pinnacle of rock near the flat rock with the mountain history sign on it. From the rock pinnacle, you can get good views over the trees & shrubs of the SF Bay, bay bridges, Mt. Tamalpias, Mt. Diablo, and if the air is very clear, a faint view of the distant Sierra. The local views are better from Gunsite Rock, not too far off the Goodspeed Trail.

    A couple of the posted photos here appear to be Mt. Hood in Oregon (the rocky sharp peak with snow on it. The Sonoma County CA Mt. Hood or Hood Mountain has trees surrounding a flat rounded summit area.) Coming down this mountain is hard on your knees due to the steep grade.