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Gunsight Rock 7 miles (Strenuous)

  • May 27, 2013 · 8:30 AM
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Please take note!!  There is now an $8 fee to park in the Gunsight parking lot.  You need to go all the way up into the park and pay at the self serve kiosk and get proof of payment before you can come back down and park at the trail head.  Your state park pass is still good if you have one.  Please meet at a car pool location for this one...the parking is VERY limited!

This is a good challenge at 7 miles and a altitude gain of 2100 feet.  Not a long hike but a GREAT workout!  The reward is fantastic with spectacular views from Gunsight Rock Overlook.  The vistas extend to Mount Diablo and over Sonoma Mountain to Mount Tamalpais. 

The trail begins on the west side of the mountain in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park.  The hike is on the Goodspeed and Nattkemper Trails.  There are several other ways to get to Gunsight Rock but this trail is reportedly the favorite.  We cross over to Hood Park at the 2.0 mile mark to finish the last 1 and 1/2 miles.  This trail is relentless and wouldn't be considered enjoyable unless you are up for a good workout.  We will zigzag through big leaf maples and then through chaparral and manzanita...then crossing through grassland with amazing views. The middle of the trail is steep and has places you have to scramble up and then back down on the return.  You must be steady on your feet and injury free to enjoy this hike.

If you want pictures and a more detailed description, I've provided a link to a great site!

http://www.sonomanews.com/News-2011/The-Goodspeed-Trail/

If you want to look at the maps...I've provided links to both the maps of both parks that we will be hiking in:

http://www.parks.sonoma.net/sugarloafmap.html

http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pdf/maps/hood_web.pdf

 

Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below.  It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

As always:

  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time.   A steady pace and we just keep going!  If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions.  If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight.  Our pace averages 2.5mph.  We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group.  Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy
  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details.  Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
  • RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.
  • Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time.  That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.  You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 4.5 hours
  • Facilities: None
  • Dogs?: None allowed
  • Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
  • Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.
  • Bring a snack.  We always have a break at the top.
  • Bring your smile and great attitude!  We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!

Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive. Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is always that risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work! General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers!Then PLEASE if possible try to use the two locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close to either location.

Car pool locations:

SANTA ROSA: Caltrans Park & Ride lot adjacent to the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial building. We gather by the Airporter pick up point to leave by 8

http://goo.gl/maps/yYNCm 

 

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 7:55

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm 

 

 

 

 

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  • Harold P.

    Thankyou Andy and also to all of us, a super hard-working group of hikers.

    May 27, 2013

    • Amy H.

      Thank you Andy, I always enjoy this hike with the group.

      May 29, 2013

  • Yannick

    A fun hike for the holiday!

    May 28, 2013

    • Amy H.

      yes it was and the weather cooperated too

      May 28, 2013

  • Martha G

    Always a treat to hike with the wanderers. The weather was justright for this hike - the sprinkles didn't bother us.

    May 27, 2013

  • Shawna

    This viewpoint is always a treat.

    May 27, 2013

  • Gwen

    Got a little hurt on Saturday, need to take it easy today still. Have a great time!!

    May 27, 2013

  • Maya

    Sorry, had to cancel this one.

    May 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    can't make it...forgot about holiday, stuck in el dorado hills

    1 · May 26, 2013

  • Shawna

    I hope I get off the waitlist in time to go!

    May 26, 2013

  • Larry D.

    Hi fellow Wanderers! Although I will not be on the hike, I will be there in spirit (or do the spirits come later?). I have been temporarily distracted getting ready for a relaxing MM day. I look forward to visiting with those that stop by for a short or long visit. My apologies for the lack of information, but these things happen. If anyone needs more information, feel free to email me or check the post on the mixed nuts site. If not this weekend, I look forward to hooking up with you on a future hike,

    Larry

    May 24, 2013

  • Gwen

    Andy, are you going to the potluck at Larry's afterward? I am piecing together my day and possible carpool.....thanks

    May 24, 2013

  • Gwen

    Bob and Melanie, are either of you going to Larry's after the hike?

    May 24, 2013

    • Melanie

      I have another obligation, so I won't be going to Larry's after the hike.

      May 24, 2013

  • Andy E.

    It is important that everyone carpool as the parking is limited and there are a lot of people signed up for the hike. We will meet at Adobe Canyon Road by Landmark Vineyards at 8:15. Potluck at Larry's house after the hike. Bring something healthy and a drink if you wish to attend.

    May 20, 2013

    • Larry D.

      Andy, You could also bring something that is not necessarlly bad for you!!!

      1 · May 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to miss but I have puppy that day and can't yet leave him for more then two hours at a stretch

    May 22, 2013

  • Gwen

    Melanie, I will meet you at the Petaluma carpool,

    May 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am looking to forward to it.

    May 21, 2013

  • Gwen

    Anyone for Petaluma carpool ??

    May 13, 2013

    • Melanie

      I would like to carpool from Petaluma.

      May 21, 2013

  • Michelle K.

    Santa Rosa Park n Ride

    1 · April 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Had something come up

    May 20, 2013

  • Gwen

    Clay, Marin carpool sounds even better. I am central SR

    May 14, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Anyone else for Marin carpool?

      May 14, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    marin,novato carpool?

    May 14, 2013

  • Skip (Dustin) H.

    Out of town until 29th..

    May 10, 2013

  • Amy H.

    I will be there with bells on! I have Memorial day off. Sweet!

    March 31, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I took a client that day. Sorry to change it

    January 23, 2013

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