Hood Mountain Regional Park contains 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.
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.
Trail closures: Much of Hood Mountain's southern slopes and ridges burned in the 2017 wildfire. Significant regrowth has occurred, but fire scars are abundant. The Valley View and Pond trails and Lower Johnson Ridge Trail between Panorama and Orchard Meadow trails remain closed due to fire impacts. Please see the Hood Mountain map for details.
Hood Mountain trails are rugged. Always travel with another person. Water is not available in the park, so be sure to bring sufficient water.