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Hood Mountain Regional Park is temporarily closed due to the impacts of the Sonoma County wildfires.

I backpacked on the summit and it was awesome! great view, a big open space to set up your tent. It was a semi short hike, most of it was up hill. It took me less than two hours to complete. The only down side might be that water was very limited. there was a small creek in the beginning of the trail but that was all I saw.

Brutal is a good way to describe this trail, but what did I expect for climbing a mountain? I started from Los Alamos and worked my way up Hood Mountain. I decided to take the Summit Trail rather than the fire road. It was nice and shady and kept my mind occupied with technical challenges. Sometimes you are climbing rocks and at other times you almost lose the trail. I slowed down as I got tired and the ascent got steeper. Made it to the summit and took a break. You can see evidence of last year's fires higher up. I wanted to go to Gunsight Rock but my legs said, "No more!" so I returned via the fire road trail. It was easier, but also more exposed to the sun. Later I turned off the app to save phone battery (I brought a portable charger but no cord

This trail definitely isn't closed anymore! I submitted the change request so hopefully AllTrails updates that.

This is a tough hike, but if you are in decent shape, you'll be fine. It's very exposed for a lot of the trail, so it's smart to bring plenty of water and don't go when it's blazing hot outside. This is great for a morning hike. I highly recommend going to Gunsight Rock rather than hiking up to the summit. Most people will tell you the same. The summit is boring and is surrounded with trees and there is no view. When you reach the sign that points you either right toward the summit or left toward Gunsight Rock, go left! These are where the stunning panoramic views are that you worked hard to see!

The Sugarloaf portion of the hike is very well maintained. You do need to cross a creek a little over a mile in, but right now there is very little water to speak of and I just walked right across the boulders with no problem. There is also a log with a rope to cross if you want to do that.

Once you get to the Hood Mountain boundary, it really pumps up the climb and you're going to come across a lot of narrow trail, loose rocks / scree, and elevation. Be prepared with the right shoes, and it really helped me to find a walking stick, particularly for the way back down. You will notice a lot of burned mountainside and trees from the fires we had last year in October.

The Gunsight Rock overlook is probably one of the best views you're going to find in Sonoma County. When I went yesterday, I could clearly see the San Francisco skyline and the Golden Gate Bridge. I'm afraid of heights so it's a little intense, but there are a few nice areas to sit up there where you can chill out for a while before heading back down.

I would say that going back down is more difficult than going up due to the steepness and loose rocks. My stick came in handy here! I got to Gunsight Rock in an hour and 20 minutes (but I'm a brisk hiker) and it took me just about the same amount of time to get back down. My GPS read 7.2 miles with a duration of 2 hours and 45 minutes.

If you're willing to push yourself, this is definitely a trail in Sonoma County that cannot be missed!

I would rate this more moderate than hard there are a couple steep sections.
There is also a creek crossing, I am not sure about the rainy season? The pond trail section is closed but easy to bypass it.
Overall a super nice trail, I measured it almost 8 miles of beauty.
You can see San Francisco and the bay bridge from gunsight rock.

Not my dream hike experience; if it’s during hot weather, prepare for mostly uphill and I wanted more natural trails but to start it’s on an asphalt road for a while. It’s slow and hard going but perhaps worth it when you reach your destination. Upon leaving your knees really get pummeled so if you have knee issues- skip this!

Dont kill yourself on the ascent, the last quarter mile is some of the most brutal trail you can find in Sonoma County! Completely worth the hike, and you get to experience tons of the wildfire land to feel closer to nature. So sad, but the regrowth is insipring

awesome hike! it took me a total of 2hrs to do this! I have to say it was my 1st time hiking hood mountain and almost towards the end getting to the summit of Hood was very intense uphill climb. I was challanged, and I had to stop once. Bring a water jug for sure.
I started at 2pm and exactly at 402pm I finished:)
temperature was 70. it was really cloudy/smoky so I couldn't get a good view of the City. I am for sure doing this hike again. I love this challange.

You can see SF from Gunsight Rock on a clear day! Nice hike. Dog friendly.

Most of the hike is in the Hood Mountain Regional Park, so if you want to bring a dog, park at Pythian and come up from the other side of the hill, just make sure to turn around once you get into Sugarloaf. All the trails on the Hood Mountain side are rougher and more challenging, while the Sugarloaf trails are a little easier and more well maintained.

We hiked this trail yesterday. It took 8 of us 2 hours to the top and we trail ran down, back to the trailhead. Because of the fires, the trail is 75% sun. The dynamic change in landscape and elevation made this hike both challenging and amazing. I highly recommend it you are up for a challenge

I absolutely loved this hike, and chose a perfect day to tackle it! Look for milder temps, there are some wooded areas but also a fire road that leaves you blistering in the sun. Most of the way up will leave you excited for whats about to come next, but people aren’t kidding when they say the last 10 minutes is a steep climb. Regardless, you MUST make it all the way to the top. If you are feeling like having an adventure, you can continue through, which leads you off towards bald mountain. 2 mountains in a day!

Stunning views, creeks, and wildflowers. We saw a deer. The first and last part of the hike is the hardest since we are ascending but the view was worth it.

One of the great trails in Sonoma county. Is being rerouted this year to improve an already wonderful experience. G

Beautiful view!!! Kicked my Mo F***** asssss!!!!!

Wildflowers are spectacular after the burn. A tough hike, but the flowers and incredible views made it well worth the effort.

Was beautiful just the hardest hike I’ve ever been on yet worth it when you get to the top.

Did this hike 2 years ago with my wife and her fam. Gunsite is worth it for the view. I’m in decent shape and didn’t really have any trouble with it.

Difficult hike but well worth it!! I ended up exhausteddddd afterwards! We spent about 2 hours at the peak enjoying the views, far and wide!!

State Park is closed currently due to recent fires.

Good hike but too many dog owners seem to feel entitled to bring their non service dogs on the trail clearly marked "no dogs." I found one bag of dog feces on the trail which I carried back to the trailhead and put in a trash can myself. Such a sense of entitlement. Total was 6 dogs being mislead by 4 dog owners. A real shame. Posted photos of 2,owners and their 4 dogs.

Great hike has really great views

Shaded much of the way, which I love. Panoramic views from Gunsight Rock. The Summit isn't what makes this worth it - it's definitely the overlook at Gunsight!

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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Great hike to bring your dog!

Great scenic hike! I took my 6 & 8 year old. Both grumbled a bit about 3/4 of the way up but they eventually made it. One of the most beautiful hikes in sonoma county. A few water falls and rivers along the way to dip your feet in. BEWARE though. Rattlesnakes are more prevalent here then other local trails. We saw 2 this time. One directly in the middle of the trail about 3ft long. Then we saw a smaller one on a stone on the way back. Be very aware of what's in front of you.

hard hike but the view at the top is super worth it...on a clear day you can see sf. pretty views along the way too...bring lots of water

Great training hike for the mountains. Also, can be enjoyed as a longer day with a descent down to Pythian then back up and over.

We hiked the Goodspeed-to-Gunsight Rock and Hood Mountain on 7-1-2017. The hike to Goodspeed-Nattkemper Bench was moderate, and enjoyed a lot of different terrain. From the Bench to Gunsight Rock and Hood Mountain was very rocky and really makes you work. This trail really pulls it out of you. If you're into an endurance hike, with different terrain, this is for you. Beautiful views, water streams, and good work out!

Per my Garmin: 8.2 miles/ 5 hours/ Gain: 2,300

For this time of year - would recommend large waters and start hike early in the morning - some spots not as much shade, and can get toasty.

Got here around 7:30am on a Sunday morning on the Pythiann Trail. Hiked to Gunsight Rock in about 1 hour and 30 min with my party. We took plenty of break due to the inclines. The inclines are tough if you are not used to pain but doable. The way back was alot easier. One thing that makes this trip worth it is if you see San Francisco in the distance. We did not see SF on this day due to the cloudy distance. Overall, I would hike this again just to see SF.

Great hike cant see San Francisco perfectly but still a beautiful view. Make sure to bring lots of water even if you have to take a heavy bag. Also, the end towards to view is very very steep. Manageable but very hard so shows with good traction is important.

Also you gotta pay for parking ;)

I took off work a little early on Friday, and went from Pythian Road trailhead to Gunsight Rock. It had been years since I had done this walk, so I was a little intimidated - hahaa! Although there were a few steep stretches, most of the uphill was gradual. The view from Gunsight Rock is gorgeous!

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