Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve

1450 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa

  • Biking
  • Birding
  • Camping
  • Equestrian Trails
  • Hiking/Walking Trails

Safety Alert: Trails are rugged. Always travel with another person. Be sure to bring sufficient water and appropriate clothing for weather changes.

Hours: The park opens at 8:00 a.m. and closes at sunset.

Parking: $7 per vehicle for day use. $1 per person (vehicles with 10 or more people)

North Entrance: 3000 Los Alamos Road, Santa Rosa. Access to the northwest portion of the park is through Los Alamos Road, a winding and narrow road. RV's and vehicles with trailers should use extreme caution. The driveway to the lower parking lot has been reconstructed and is now in use.

Southwest Entrance: 1450 Pythian Road, Santa Rosa. Access to the southeast portion of the park is via the Pythian Road Trailhead. It is located 1.3 miles up the North side of Pythian Rd., off Highway 12. To reach the horse trailer parking lot, drive .5 miles up Pythian Road off Hwy 12 and turn left onto Eliza Way. Continue 600' to equestrian parking between the two brick buildings.

Dogs: Permitted on leash no longer than 6 feet. License required.

Ranger Phone: (707) 539-8092

The park consists of 1,750 acres of wilderness with outstanding hiking, mountain biking and equestrian trails. On a clear day, park visitors may see the Golden Gate Bridge from Gunsight Rock and the Valley View Trail. Most trails are for experienced hikers in good physical condition.

Safety Alert: The trails are rugged. Always travel with another person. Be sure to bring sufficient water and appropriate clothing for weather changes.

Hood Mountain Regional Park contains 19 miles of trails, our most extensive trail system. Trails climb through forests, over meadows, and cross several creeks. Terrain is challenging, but the effort is rewarded with views of  both the Sonoma and Napa sides of the Mayacamas Mountains as well as views of Bay Area landmarks on clear days. Trails are strenuous, so please plan for ample time to complete hikes. Hikes may be extended by connecting to trails in adjacent Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. (Leashed dogs are welcome at Hood Mountain, but they are not allowed on Sugarloaf trails.)Equestrians also are welcome at Hood Mountain, with horse trailer parking off of Pythian Road 1 mile southeast of the main Pythian Road trailhead. Livestock water is available in the horse trailer parking lot and in Orchard Meadow. Hood Mountain includes several walk-in campgrounds available by reservation.


General Info

  • Two environmental campsites are available at Hood Mountain Regional Park & Open Space Preserve. Campsites are in an undisturbed natural setting. Each has a table, food locker, cleared area for a tent and a primitive toilet nearby. Potable water and electricity are not available.
  • Environmental campsites are for tent camping only. Cars, RVs and trailers are not allowed.
  • Camp stoves are permitted for cooking. Campfires, barbecues and smoking are not allowed. Trash service is not available, so garbage must be packed out.


  • Hood Mountain campsites are reservation only. Campers must check in at Spring Lake Park’s Newanga entry station. When they arrive at Hood Mountain, parking is at the Pythian Road lot only.
  • A maximum of four campers are allowed at each site. Campers must remain within the designated camp area after sunset. Dogs are not allowed.
  • Campers may stay up to four consecutive nights, depending on availability.

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