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Gunsight Rock and Mount Hood Trail is a 7.9 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Santa Rosa, California that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 7.9 mi Elevation gain 2,352 ft Route type Out & Back
Dog friendly Hiking Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky
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This trail will challenge you... but rest assured you will be rewarded at the end! From the trailhead, start along Salt Creek, eventually turning onto the Mount Hood Trail going southeast. You'll eventually reach Mount Hood, where the trail has been slightly rerouted due to fire damage. Just a little bit further and you're at Gunsight Rock! Take the Goodspeed trail marked on the left side of the road. You will go over a foot bridge then double track along the creek and upward. As you ascend there are views of the Sonoma Valley (Kenwood and Glen Ellen), the trail skirts the creek and crosses it again, then turns into single track, you will leave the cover of the forest and walk a narrow path along the side of the mountain, at the top of this climb the trail veers to the left to Gunsight rock. Once at the top you will find panoramic valley views and of course Gunsite rock at your feet.

the best time of year is Spring, early summer or fall, bring a hat during hot days, layers during cooler months, at least 3 liters of water, good hiking shoes, there can be ticks here so long sleeves are a good idea.

To get to the trail head take Sonoma highway 12 to Los Alamos road. Take the Goodspeed trail marked on the left side of the road.

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Joseph Heitzler
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HikingGreat!

Most of the trail from Los Alamos barely trafficked. Diverse terrain from easy to hard. Watch for rattlesnakes on summit trail, bring plenty of water.

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Bobby Beck
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here we go. once you get to the summit trail it's amazing. single track ask the way up. rocky, but overall moderate vs difficult. great views at the top.

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Jason Brentwood
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WalkingBugs

I did the whole hike there and back in jeans, T-shirt, and flip flops, no water and alone. It’s the next day and my legs are killing me! I know, you can go ahead and say it, “what a fn dumbass!” But at least I did it....

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Tiffany Johnson
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it was mt first backpacking trip. I went in Aug so it was very hot. we ventured around a little and found a little watering hole to cool down in. out site was clean and spacious. toilets were stocked with toilet paper. I will say though there are alot of bees but we didn't get stung so that was good. we had some neighbors which was a comfort on our first adventure lol. the trail is definitely a butt kicker for sure but like I said im an out of shape beginner.

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Noelle Gaberman
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It was very challenging toward the end, but I’m happy we made it to the summit. It’s an amazing view at the top! Make sure you have good-fitting and properly-treaded shoes for the rocky terrain.

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Denise Osborne
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Tough climb! Beautiful views! Lots of birds and noisy woodpeckers that are fabulous to observe. Highly recommend!

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Krystal Rojas
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Definitely not a beginner’s trail! Went last saturday and there were not too many people on the trail. A good amount of the trail has no shade so don’t forget to bring water and stay hydrated especially on a sunny day! Gorgeous view at the rock.

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Jeff Schuelein
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First 1.5 miles is it packed fire Road, then you get on the single track at the signs for the campgrounds. This turns into the Summit Trail And leads you to the top. Really nice natural trail with lots of rocks to make it interesting.

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Tenzin Dhedhen
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It is a very hard hike for beginners. There’s two mount hood trails that run parallel and going up, it was hard but doable but coming back down we went the other trail and it was a lot rockier and I think I would given up if I went up that way.

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Tera Ziemer
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Love this trail, super hard at points but really fun and the view is totally worth it!!

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Flora Balme
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Great trail, definitely a hard hike but the view is worth it!

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Cheyenne Stevens
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Hiking

Great trail in the warmer months but the creek is too high to cross since we've recently gotten some rainfall.

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Kali Marie
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Nancy Vineyard
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Excellent local hike. Took about 4 1/2 hours with plenty of rest. Lots of shade but buggy on the lower elevation.

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Daniel Dericco
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Out and back - Los Alamos Trailhead to Mt Hood Summit and then to Gunsight Rock. I did this on a Sunday and started at 7AM. Took around 4 hours out and back. Around 9 miles. Started on Mt. Hood trail then veered onto the Summit Trail for the scenic, singletrack route. Definitely recommend doing Summit Trail going up and taking the Mt Hood Trail (fireroad) down. Summit trail is technical and has bushes, poison oak in your way, etc. I wore shorts and short sleeve shirt and I watched my step very carefully. No poison oak on me yet. Hood mountain Summit was ok. Not great views so I went on to Gunsight Rock which is just down below Mt Hood Summit. Spectacular views once you reach Gunsight Rock. You must go!! Trail is marked to get there, so definitely do it. DONT LEAVE WITHOUT GOING. Just watch your steps once you reach the rock. I took the fire road down back to LA trailhead. I will defnitely be back soon.

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Melanie Gutierrez
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Backpacking is availible via sonomacountycamping.org

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Erin Head
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Hood Mtn Trail fire road

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Kristin McDowell
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Joelle CantoAdams
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Did not see a single person. Goes through oak/bay forest, along the Santa Rosa creek, grassland, and more pine forest. Bathrooms about 1-1.5 miles into the Hood Mtn. Trail. Wide and well maintained, but loose rock about 1 mile from the summit. Signs are well placed.

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Madelin Tevaseu
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Beautiful hike with lots of shady stops to catch your breath. Several natural springs/creeks cross the path keeping paws and feet cool. Spectacular views at the end and several beautiful wildflower filled meadows along the way.

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Kevin Calhoun
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Fantastic quick day hike, tons of elevation in a short period of time leads to some steep sections! A couple different ways up, a fire road and a single track trail- both of which are equally rewarding. Once at the top, be warned! THEY CLOSED THE TRAIL FROM THE SUMMIT TO GUNSIGHT, BUT IT IS AVAILABLE THROUGH A .5 MILE TRAIL JUST AROUND THE BACK OF THE PEAK. With the fires in the past years they were forced to closed the original trail down towards Goodspeed/Natkemper, however this trail is still available through well marked trails and is extremely worth it! Gunsight rock leads to much clearer views, and the Goodspeed trail is one to be beckoned with! For a serious hiker, making it from one end of the mountain into Sugarloaf Ridge and back makes for an unforgettable experience- and you can ascend two peaks in a day, plus bag in Mt Hood twice

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Dawn Clayton
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It’s steep and kind of boring. The view is nice at the top.

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Mitchell Fox
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I took what I think was the hood mountain trail or “lower johnston ridge trail” off of Sonoma highway. Passed a few houses on the way up. I did see a trail near the summit signed gunsight rock. But does anyone know how to take the summit trail up from los alamos road to gunsight rock? I tried to get directions to the trail using this app and it instead routed me all the way up to the top of gunsight rock (I wanted to hike it not drive up to the top). The map shows 4 different routes to get there but I can only seem to find the one.

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Parker W
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linda green
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Challenging but rewarding hike. Be prepared there is a lot of steep elevation. But the view and the bragging rights are worth it. The creek is now cross-able without much effort. There are still some wet spots and poles are advisable on some of the slippery terrain.

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Jack H
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This was an awesome hike! Challenging but well worth it for the views at Gunsight Rock. Summit trail is very rocky and technical. Hood mountain trail is a fire road and a lot smoother terrain. When I go back I’ll take the summit trail up and fire road back. Fire road exposed summit trail goes through the woods. There was a lot of water if you have a filter no need to bring more than a few liters. Bring crocs/flip flops for crossing Santa Rosa creek in the first mile if you don’t want to hike the rest of the day with wet feet. Trails in great condition not much mud at all I was surprised after recent rains. Views at gunsight are incredible. You can see SF on a clear day.

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