Gunsight Rock 7 miles (Moderate-Strenuous)­

  • October 28, 2013 · 9:00 AM
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Please take note!!  There is now an $8 fee to park in the Gunsight parking lot.  You will need exact change as it is a self service envelope.   Your state park pass is still good if you have one.

This is a good challenge at 7 miles and a altitude gain of 2100 feet.  Not a long hike but a GREAT workout! If you are wondering if you can do a strenuous hike, then this is perfect for you because you get a good taste of what strenuous means without long mileage.  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 8:30

http://goo.gl/maps/yYNCm

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:15

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm

 

 

 

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  • Don

    Thank you everyone for allowing me to join your Monday hike.
    I enjoyed the trail, without any difficulty I might add. First time I went to Gunsight from that direction. I hope to be able to join more Monday-weekday hikes, as time allows.
    (Leigh, the brownies were especially appreciated)

    October 29, 2013

  • Andy E.

    Great company great hike

    1 · October 29, 2013

  • Shawna

    Although the views were a bit hazy, the cool temps and cheery conversation made the climb easier than ever and a happy way to pass the morning.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Thanks again for another beautiful and challenging hike with great people!

    October 28, 2013

  • Leigh

    ahhh...the incomparable Gunsight! A beautiful day for the climb. Comfortable cool temperatures and great views. It also was interesting to see Napastan doing his best Mario Andretti imitation! We need to make sure we get out of his way!! :)

    October 28, 2013

  • Charles H.

    This Gunsight Rock hike was challenging. It was nice that we could maintain our individual pace going up. Parts of it were steeper than before.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Thanya A.

    Beautiful day, beautiful hike and great company!

    October 28, 2013

  • Marianne W.

    Couldn't ask for a better day. Thanks everyone. I feel official now with my pad.

    1 · October 28, 2013

  • Kathy

    I was really looking forward to this hike but woke up with a very sore and stiff neck.

    October 28, 2013

    • Shawna

      Take good care Kathy and feel better soon. :-)

      October 28, 2013

  • Carol H.

    Is anyone going to meet at Caltrans Park n Ride Lot? If not I will go to Coddington.

    October 27, 2013

    • Marcia B

      I will be at Coddingtown Carol

      October 28, 2013

  • Marinoly R.

    I need to cancel since there is a call for Search and Rescue. Really sorry to miss this hike.

    October 27, 2013

  • Marianne W.

    Does anyone want to carpool from Safeway St. Francis Center or another location off East Hwy 12? I don't want to backtrack from Rincon Valley.

    October 22, 2013

    • Don

      Roger that......I'll be there at 8:50 (or little earlier)

      October 27, 2013

    • napastan

      I will be three

      October 27, 2013

  • Charles H.

    Plan change: I'm going to be at Coddingtown at 8:30. Under the freeway was too noisy.

    October 27, 2013

    • Marcia B

      Meet you there Charles. We can stop at Adobe Canyon Rd. too

      October 27, 2013

  • Marianne W.

    That'll work.

    October 27, 2013

  • Shawna

    Last minute change of plans. I'll have a full car, so won't be stopping by the park &ride, after all. Stan, if you're still standing on the roadside when we pass by, we'll squeeze you in. Don't eat too much dessert tonight? ;)

    October 27, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I had to back out. Mom is ill and I wont make it tomorrow. Look forward to meeting everyone. Have a great hike! See you next time. Kathy

    October 27, 2013

  • napastan

    Can anyone pick me up on adode rd. That has a pass thanks napastan

    October 26, 2013

  • Charles H.

    Under the freeway at 0830, I'll be there.

    October 24, 2013

  • tish b.

    Is the date really Oct. 28? Thanks

    March 30, 2013

    • Kathy

      Yes, Monday Oct. 28. This hike gets repeated regularly, pretty much once a month.

      October 23, 2013

  • Andy S.

    there is now a pay box at the trail head. No need to drive up all the way to sugarloaf. Make sure you have the 8 bucks in exact change.

    October 22, 2013

  • Amy H.

    I think I will skip this too because I can't hike if I have to work later due to no shower and feeling too rushed. Have a great time.

    October 22, 2013

  • John T.

    One of my favorite hikes. Stuck at home for awhile - recovering from total knee replacement this last Thursday. Just managed to walk one block - physical therapist says - "take it easy - not so fast"! Have a great hike; hope to be springing up the trail by spring!

    October 22, 2013

    • Amy H.

      Have a quick, safe recovery and listen to your body.

      October 22, 2013

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