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

Beautiful trails! You can turn at Hood Mountain and call it a solid day or continue to Gun Sight. Highly recommend.

This was my 1st time here. I liked this trail and the steep climb. Only giving it 3 stars because I like the other 2 trails that summit Hood Mountain a bit more, which I will give each of those 4 stars. Also a slight downgrade because of the portion on paved road and some of the side trails are shut (possibly due to fire). Probably being too harsh on the rating, because I would love to go back.

This place is great I loved it when I came the down hill experience was fantastic but the way up you’d wish you didn’t go but other than that I give this place a 10/10 amazing

Great hike, great views. Did this hike last Thursday. Lower Johnson Ridge was closed on the way up, used Orchard Meadow trail to cut over and complete the hike up Hood mountain summit.

great hike, beautiful view at the top

My favorite Sonoma County Trail. Difficult, beautiful, not busy, and my dog gets to come!

We are so lucky this type of terrain is in our backyard!! Challenging up hill that really packs a punch as you wind up the mountain to the top. Super beautiful but also so sad to see the fire devastation so heavily on these trails. Packed a punch in 6 miles but worth every step.

Challenging switchbacks but totally worth the effort for that vista. I loved this trail and resting at the rock for a bit before the easy breezy downhill.

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

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.

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!

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

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!!

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!

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

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!

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.

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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