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

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!

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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Sunday, June 04, 2017

Spot on workout for a half day hike.
Bring several liters of fluid if starting in the afternoon during Summer. Few people on the trail & all friendly.

This was a nice hike. The Sugarloaf part was calm and peaceful with slight elevation but when you pass into the Mount Hood side, that is where the work begins! There was some tough terrain and pretty good inclines but the view from Gunshot (?) Point is INCREDIBLE!!!!! You definitely need GOOD HIKING SHOES when coming down. Another way to get to Gunshot Point is from the Hood Mountain Trail which is a longer hike without as much sites visually coming up. Either way, its a great workout and that view..... Heaven! :) I spent an hour just laying in the sun on a rock, it was my birthday present to myself!

What Winky said is true. I've hiked this trail several times & it is a butt kicker! The down is harder than the up, but the views are gorgeous.

Lovely trail. Not that difficult really until you get to the last steep stretch to the top .and even that is doable ( we are three 70 year old ladies ...so really anybody can do it !)
Evelyne

Amazing. Bring a little snack to enjoy at the very top. This trail is fairly steep the majority of the way up but so worth it.

Saturday, April 15, 2017

Love it!

One of the best wine country hikes, been coming here a long time. Absolutely stunning views from gunsight rock!

This is a fantastic short day-hike. We took the trail to Gunsight Rock and summited there. It took 4 hours in/back at moderate pace, with several stops. The flowers in bloom, the waterfalls flowing, and the grass greener than ever, who could ask for more!
My only qualm of the day is the observation of people blatantly ignoring the "NO DOGS" on trails rules in which Sugarloaf SP makes very clear. I counted 8 dogs today, most roaming unleashed. It's disruptive not only to wildlife & habitat but also to others trying to commune with nature. There are PLENTY of dog friendly trails in Central/Northern CA! This is not one of them.
Aside from that, it was a lovely peaceful hike.

This is not your average hike. I just moved here and while I love a hard hike I didn't anticipate the gradient here. I came to Hood because it is dog friendly. We started up the trail and after an hour decided to keep going. My dog was still pulling even though he's a small 19lb fella. We reached the summit but the gradient gets steep again there. Prep yourself for a 2.5 hour hike if you're strong! The views are worth every gasp though and if you reach the summit do not head back without making it the extra ten mins to Gunsight Overlook!

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Saturday, February 11, 2017

Amazing view on a clear day. Worth the trek

Be ready for a good workout. View is stunning

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