Hood Mountain Regional Park contains more than 19 miles of trails, the most extensive trail system within the Sonoma County Regional Parks system. Trails climb through mixed-conifer forests, over meadows, and cross several creeks, including the headwaters of Santa Rosa Creek.
Terrain is challenging, but the effort can be 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. Most trails are considered strenuous, so please plan for ample time to complete hikes.
The newest trail to open at Hood Mountain is the Lawson Trail, which provides several great vista points of the Sonoma Valley, Napa hills and San Francisco and San Pablo bays. The Lawson Trail can be reached by following the Lower Johnson Ridge Trail from the Pythian Road parking lot.
One of the most popular hikes is to Hood's Gunsight Rock overlook, which is reached from Hood Mountain's summit. The summit can be reached via several approaches within the park or from adjacent Sugarloaf Ridge State Park. (Leashed dogs are welcome at Hood Mountain, but are not allowed on Sugarloaf trails.)
A popular, easy-level hike is to Santa Rosa Creek from the Los Alamos Road entrance.
Hood Mountain trails are rugged. Always travel with another person. Water is not available in the park, so be sure to bring sufficient water.