Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve

Website: parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov
Age Group(s): Youth, Teen, Adult, Senior
Hours: 7:00 a.m. until sunset
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Description: Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve is a 2,000-acre wilderness park on the northeastern edge of the Sonoma Valley. The park offers 19-plus miles of trails for hikers, mountain bikers and equestrians.

At 2,730 feet, Hood Mountain is the highest peak in the Mayacamas Mountains. It has 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.

The newest trail at Hood Mountain is the Lawson Trail, which provides several vista points. The Lawson Trail can be reached via Lower Johnson Ridge Trail at the Pythian Road parking lot.

The terrain is challenging, but rewarding with amazing views. Most trails are strenuous and rugged, so plan for ample time to complete hikes. Water is not available in the park, so be sure to bring sufficient water. And, for safety, always explore with another person.

The park is open from 7 a.m. until sunset. Parking is $7 or free for Regional Parks members.

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