Hood Mountain Regional Park - South Entrance
Join Regional Parks volunteers Bill Meyers and Dave Chalk for a special Jan. 18 preview of the Lawson Addition to Hood Mountain Regional Park & Preserve. The plan is to hike the Lower Johnson Ridge Trail from just north of Highway 12 up to this 250-acre addition on the northwest edge of Hood Mountain. We'll see a new trail under construction that will allow hikers a more varied and direct route up to the property's ridges, where dramatic views of the Sonoma Valley and Napa County hills abound. We'll break for lunch at the former Lawson cabin, which one day will be converted into the county's first backpacking hut. This is a moderately strenuous hike of 6 miles with an elevation gain of 1,000 feet and will last approximately four hours. Plan to be there for a prompt 10 a.m. departure.
To reach the meeting location, turn north off of Highway 12 at Pythian Road, angle left onto Rancho Los Guilicos Road, then an immediate right onto Casa Manana Road. Parking is at the large gravel lot about 150 yards on the left after turning onto Casa Manana.
Wear weather-appropriate clothing and bring a lunch and liquids. And remember, Bill and Dave hike rain or shine. Free. Parking $7 or free for Regional Parks members.
For more information, visit billanddavehikes.com. (On March 28, Bill and Dave will hike North Sonoma Mountain Regional Park & Preserve.)