Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve

Hood Mountain Regional Park & Preserve is a 1,750-acre wilderness park on the edge of the Sonoma Valley, about 5 miles southeast of Santa Rosa.

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  • Description
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  • Hood Mountain Regional Park & Preserve is a 1,750-acre wilderness park on the edge of the Sonoma Valley, about 5 miles southeast of Santa Rosa. The park offers 19 miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers, and equestrians and features the only public backpacking sites in the valley.

    At 2,730 feet, Hood Mountain is the highest peak in the Mayacamas Mountains separating the Sonoma and Napa valleys. Its Gunsight Rock outcropping above Highway 12 offers stunning views of the valley and Bay Area landmarks beyond.

    Hood Mountain's features also include a pygmy forest, the headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek, and trail connections to Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.

    Environmental campsites are available in remote settings reached by hiking approximately 2 miles from Hood Mountain's parking areas.

    Hood Mountain offers the most extensive trail system within the Regional Parks system. Trails climb through mixed-conifer forests and cross meadows and several creeks, and the hiking can be strenuous.

    Access to the northwest portion of the park is through Los Alamos Road. Access to the southwest portion of the park is through Pythian Road. Dogs allowed on leash. Open daily from 7 a.m. to sunset.

    • Lodging Amenities:
      • Number of rooms or units: 6
      • Pet Friendly
      • Tent Sites
    • Lodging Price Range:
      • $ - Under $100
    • Beautiful hike, the highlight of our trip!

      We drove directly to the trailhead in this park and hiked to the peak, and it was an absolutely beautiful hike. Portions of the trail are in full sun and it has some pretty steady inclines, so be...

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    • The View

      This is a great hiking park. As one climbs higher the reward is fantastic views of the surrounding region. This is a great hike to Sugarloaf Ridge. Hint: use the Sugar Shuttle to make logistics...

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    • Nature

      This is a really nice place to go and simply enjoy all the beauty that God has made. It is a great place to take a hike, very peaceful

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