Never easy, but worth the view

Is there a better view in Sonoma Valley than 2,100 feet up sitting atop Gunsight Rock? It's the very first hike I did when I moved here five years ago, and I was woefully, naively and painfully unaware of what I was doing. That trip went up via Adobe Canyon [...]

By | August 26th, 2013|2 Comments

Wildflower Walks in Regional Parks Begin March 23

Passing this along from the Sonoma County Regional Parks: "Each spring, Regional Park volunteers lead a series of free wildflower walks in parks throughout Sonoma County. The first walk of 2013 is scheduled for March 23 at Sonoma Valley Regional Park in Glen Ellen, with additional hikes planned [...]

By | March 14th, 2013|1 Comment

Hood Mountain Park road news

Press release from the Sonoma County Regional Parks: LOS ALAMOS ROAD ENTRANCE TO HOOD MOUNTAIN REGIONAL PARK CLOSED FOR REPAIRS The Los Alamos Road entrance to Hood Mountain Regional Park will be closed for construction from Wednesday, Sept. 26, through early December. Regional Parks is contracting with Bouthillier’s Construction of [...]

By | September 26th, 2012|1 Comment

LEARN: Wilderness survival skills

The sun is setting later and later this time of year (8:12 p.m. tonight, woo-hoo!), meaning those post-work and long weekend hikes can easily stretch into evenings. But while no one expects to be caught after dark and lost and stuck for a bit, it does happen. I speak from [...]

By | May 11th, 2012|1 Comment

Trekking up Hood Mountain

With Sugarloaf Ridge State Park now closed, there's one less option for local hikers. And the park is truly closed. All of the parking areas outside the park grounds are now marked with no-parking signs and citation warnings so even treks up to Gunsight Rock or to the waterfalls just [...]

By | December 13th, 2011|0 Comments

Back up to Gunsight Rock

The view from atop Gunsight Rock I'm not sure why the top of Hood Mountain is called Mount Hood, but it is close to Santa Rosa, offers terrific views, provides a challenging climb, and is where I headed recently for a hike. Specifically, I was headed to Gunsight [...]

By | September 16th, 2011|3 Comments

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By | February 8th, 2010|3 Comments

Hikes for the holidays, part 1

What are your suggestions for some fairly easy holiday-season hikes? Maybe places that you love going back to again and again? Or little-known nearby spots that are clearly secrets in our backyard?

By | December 13th, 2009|1 Comment

The beauty and lunacy of a CA state park

start Bald Mountain, Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, Kenwood I've been to this state park a couple of other times, but just to Hood Mountain. This was the first time I'd been up Bald Mountain. The length was only about 7 miles but it was a good

By | April 12th, 2009|0 Comments

On a clear day, I could see far enough

Hood Mountain, Sugarloaf Ridge A spur-of-the-moment hike with some friends to some familiar terrain. I like the views of Sonoma County from here, and it was clear enough to Length I the this it Wicked normal cheap essay writing service Shatter many about. Who from phone spy app great cool [...]

By | February 7th, 2009|0 Comments