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CHALLENGING & EXPLORATORY HIKE - GUNSIGHT ROCK (9:30 at trailhead)

Before the weather gets too hot, and while we have some state park passes, let's challenge ourselves to the hardest hike yet - This will include climbing over rocks to get to the top (if we make it that far) Bring lunch (and if you want, something to share)- plenty of water, hiking poles and dress in layers.

NOTE: This will not be an easy hike.

Carpool: meet up at Montgomery Village in back of the Ross Store near the corner of Hahman Street and Patio Court.

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  • Dianne H.

    I finally compiled the 49 bloomin' plants list: false babystars, climbing bedstraw, bird's eye gilia, blue dicks, blue-eyed-grass, burclover, California buttercup, Rincon Ridge Ceonothus (rare), chaparral pea, checkerlilies/mission bells, chickweed, chaparral clematis/pipestems, purple sack clover, large flowered collinsia/giant blue eyed Mary, fiddleneck, Fremont's star lily, Mt. Diablo globelily (yellow), California goldfields, goosegrass/annual bedstraw, hound's tongue, Indian paintbrush, Purdy's Iris, red larkspur/canyon larkspur, lomatium, bicolor lupine, silver bush lupine, madrone, manzanita, milkmaids, California milkwort, miner's lettuce, sticky monkeyflower, variable-leaved nemophila, Oregon grape, Pacific pea, phacelia, poison oak, California Poppy, Popcornflower, Pacific sanicle, shooting star, short-podded trefoil/short-podded trefoil, long-beaked stork's bill, red-stem stork's bill, American vetch, red vetch, spring vetch, wood mint, yarrow

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Diane, thank you for compiling the list and posting the images. I appreciate your time and work you put into the record and for sharing with the rest of us.

      1 · March 25, 2013

  • Carl H. I.

    I jusyt took a two hour nap. I think I heard one of the cats say "I'm sure he's dead. Can we eat him now?" Beautiful day for a hike. Sorry about geting confused which trail we were doing. Johnson Ridge trail from Pythian Road would have been easier.

    1 · March 23, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      I love your cats comment, Carl. And thanks for sharing your delicious butterscotch scones!

      March 24, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      i would nominate the "GunSight" Scones as a favorite. Perhaps Carl will bring them again the next time we hike this destination.

      March 24, 2013

  • Dianne H.

    Sugarloaf and Hood Mountain are gorgeous parks. The views and wildflowers were outstanding. The trails were a bit challenging but it was still a lot of fun. I'm looking forward to doing it again from an easier trail.

    March 24, 2013

    • Kendra

      Dianne...have to agree with Wendy - to a certain extent. You hid the challenge very well!

      March 24, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      Oh, yes it was a challenge!!!

      March 24, 2013

  • Kendra

    Dianne...great pictures - as always

    March 24, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Today's Meetup hike was fantastic!!!!! Great hikers, great hike, beautiful weather and temperature, expansive vistas, tasty shared lunch. Let us do it again in a month from the other side.
    Thank you all for coming.

    1 · March 23, 2013

  • Kendra

    Gotta say this was one of the tougher ones we have done. But absolutely beautiful. And dang it...I dominated it!!! (well sort of)

    March 23, 2013

  • wendy

    The first two miles were pretty easy and I think most of our group could have made that..the next 1.5 was pretty rocky and hard...Coming down tweaked my knee and I was in a lot of pain...but I loved the hike. We are going to do this again from the Pythian side which I understand is a little easier (maybe a little longer tho)

    March 23, 2013

  • Kendra

    Ok, so is anyone meeting at Montgomery Village? If not I will go ahead and meet everyone at the park.

    March 22, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      I think I'm going to meet at the carpool, even though it's backtracking for me, just to cut down on cars. The trailhead parking is limited.

      March 22, 2013

    • Kendra

      Ok...just didn't want to be waiting for no one! :)

      March 22, 2013

  • Tara

    Dianne - I posted a note below, but in case you miss it, I am feeling very peaked today, so I am bowing out of tomorrow's more challenging hike. No need to pick me up. See you soon and have a great hike!

    March 22, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      Okay Tara. I hope you feel better.

      March 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Family obligations will prevent me from attending...have a great time walkabouters.

    March 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    OK... so far i've been able to keep up with Fred... so i'll give it a go for the Hood Mountain climb... i mean hike. See you all bright and early Saturday am. Is it true there are no ticks or snakes on this walk?
    Metta john

    March 20, 2013

    • wendy

      probably rattlers out sunning themselves

      March 20, 2013

    • Carl H. I.

      Just watch where you step and where you put your hands. Ticks aren't a problem unless you go off into the grass.

      March 20, 2013

  • Tara

    Dianne - would you have room in your car for me as well. I can meet you wherever there is a place for me to park my car on the way. I'm in Rohnert Park right across from Sonoma State on the RP Exp'y.

    March 16, 2013

    • Tara

      That would be great. If you go towards the end of RPE there is a large apartment complex on the left hand side just after Snyder on the left. I'll be waiting outside by the driveway entrance so you can just get in the L lane, make a U-turn, and pick me up. I'm looking for some park passes I had, but may have thrown out (dumb). Thanks for the ride, and I'll bring cash for gas.

      March 17, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      Tara, we'll be there a little after 8:30am. I have a Park Pass. See you Saturday.

      March 18, 2013

  • Dianne H.

    Wendy, I'm going to this one after all, so let me know if you still need a ride from Rohnert Park.

    March 16, 2013

    • Dianne H.

      Wendy, what time should I pick you up?

      March 16, 2013

    • wendy

      830?

      March 16, 2013

  • wendy

    Dianne...can I catch a ride?

    March 16, 2013

  • deb

    Sick dang it!

    March 15, 2013

    • wendy

      Deb you might be better by next week!

      March 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Work :(

    March 15, 2013

  • Tara

    I also would like to carpool from RP if anyone is going that way.

    March 15, 2013

    • wendy

      If you have a car, and can pick me up in RP, I can help with gas.

      March 15, 2013

  • Tara

    Thanks for the warning Wendy. I hope I will be in good enough shape to do this, but I am assuming if I keep to my plans, I will be OK, and I can push to the top as long as I can stop to catch my breath if I need to. I am looking forward to an "UP" challenge! Still need a carpool - any ideas?

    March 15, 2013

  • Carl H. I.

    The trailhead is just passed the Sugarloaf State Park sign down in the canyon. There is a parking fee. Last time I was there you had to go all the way up to the kiosk to pay it, then come back down.

    March 14, 2013

    • wendy

      Carl, I think we have several park passes we will be able to hand out

      March 14, 2013

  • wendy

    Anyone in RP who can give me a ride? I have $$

    March 14, 2013

6 went

  • wendy
    Madwoman, Organizer,
    Event Host
  • Kendra
    The Fun Mistress / I'm an Organizer - not a leader!, Co-Organizer
  • Carl H. I.
    "Rock"et Man, Assistant Organizer
  • Dianne H.
    The Wandering Flower Child from the Land Of Lost, Co-Organizer
  • A former member

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