Santa Rosa, CA – January 16, 2018 – Sonoma
County Regional Parks is reopening the Los Alamos Road entrance to Hood
Mountain Regional Park & Preserve on Saturday, Jan. 20, 2018.
park has been closed since the October 2017 wildfires swept across the
Mayacamas Mountains. Large sections of the park burned, though flames spared
the northern portion of the park reached from Los Alamos Road.
Los Alamos reopening restores access to destinations such as Wildcat, Santa
Rosa and Azalea creeks, Homestead Meadow, Hood Mountain Trail, and the
McCormick Addition of adjacent Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.
southern half of the park, accessed via trail connections at Hood Mountain
summit or from the park’s Pythian Road entrance, is closed indefinitely due to
fire impacts. The burned hillsides above Pythian Road pose a significant
mudslide threat. Retaining walls, culverts and bridges need to be repaired and
hazard trees further assessed before that portion of the park can reopen.
visitors to the Los Alamos Road side of the park, the Hood Mountain Trail is closed at the connection with Panorama Ranch Trail near the park summit. Access to the summit, Gunsight Rock and to Panorama Ranch Trail is closed.
Hikers should be aware the climb to this area from Los Alamos Road is about 3
miles one way and is is considered a strenuous hike. It also requires crossing Santa Rosa Creek by rock-hopping or wading (there is no bridge.)
Note: This release was updated Jan. 19 to reflect the specific location of trail closures.