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Gunsight Rock TREASURE HUNT! 7 miles (Mod-Strenuous). Presents for the winners!!

  • Dec 23, 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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  • David E.

    As I previously commented, it was great to see everyone. It's interesting to have been away for 3 months on an adventure and yet read about your hikes each day. It is much better to be with everyone and share in the effort it takes to haul our selves up to the Gunsight Rock.

    December 24, 2013

  • Don

    I think the hike went faster with the Treasure Hunt. Even though I didn't have a Santa's hat (and was informed "stealing one" wasn't an option), I was proud of my "beatle". Great fun! Merry Christmas everyone!

    December 24, 2013

  • Kelsey W.

    What a great hike! TH was a complete surprise to me and fun! Am already planning for my Bald Mt outfit...So nice to see some familiar faces and meet new ones, as always. May you each enjoy this holiday season! My best wishes for the new year!

    December 24, 2013

  • Margaret

    To Phil and Richard: Thanks for handling the "prize package" so well--exactly as I would have chosen if I had been there! Chocolate is best when shared!!

    1 · December 24, 2013

  • David E.

    It was very nice to see everyone yesterday. It will take a few more trips to get my hiking legs back though.

    December 24, 2013

  • Andy E.

    Great hike wonderful day.

    December 24, 2013

  • Shawna

    The festive spirit of the treasure hunt served as a good distraction from thinking about the difficult stretch of trail that usually feels challenging to me. And the celebratory vibe at Gunsight Rock made the view seem better than ever. Thanks, Leigh! Thanks, everyone!

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Leigh

    I loved the hike and I loved the group....thank you to those that participated in the treasure hunt ...you were terrific....and to those that didn't...thank you for your indulgence in allowing a little Christmas activity. Merry Christmas everyone...I wish you and your loved ones a very joyful holiday!
    I hope to see you all VERY soon!

    2 · December 23, 2013

    • Shawna

      Right back atcha, Leigh! Feliz Navidad!

      December 23, 2013

  • Mary A.

    Another superb day with Leigh and the greatest group! Many thanx to all and Merry Christmas. I'm waiting for the Christmas sale on pink santa hats...

    December 23, 2013

  • Richard P.

    Dear Margaret,
    Phil and I enjoyed having you on our team of scavengers. Our prizes were packs of Ghirardelli Intense Dark chocolates. Phil opened one to share with the group. I shall show remarkable restraint and bring the other pack to the Bald Mountain hike unopened.
    Thanks for another action-packed WANDERERS hike Leigh. Merry Christmas everybody.

    December 23, 2013

  • Max

    Great hike, view at top was well worth the toil .

    December 23, 2013

  • patrick k.

    Top notch hike with wonderful friends! Thanks very much Leigh and Happy Holidays to everyone!

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Charles H.

    Great hike, great weather, great company. Doesn't get any better than this.

    1 · December 23, 2013

  • Philip T.

    Love this hike.

    December 23, 2013

  • Margaret

    Great start to the day...and count on Leigh to always add a new twist!! No hum drum hiking group!!

    December 23, 2013

  • Max

    Anybody driving from Petaluma , I would like to car pool .

    December 22, 2013

    • Mary A.

      Hi Max, Would you be willing to meet at Sandalwood Estates , 576 N McDowell Blvd, Petaluma, CA 94954, at 8 am? There's a place to park just inside to the right.

      December 22, 2013

  • Leigh

    Come wearing your Santa Hat and bells...it just might help you win a prize....hint hint!!

    December 22, 2013

  • Weiwen Y.

    I have a pass, if anybody wants to carpool?

    December 22, 2013

    • Leigh

      Charles....have you been into the egg nog? Yes we need Sugarloaf or state park passes for Gunsight! :)

      1 · December 22, 2013

    • Charles H.

      Good stuff, that egg nog. I was ahead of myself and thinking Mt St Helena.

      1 · December 22, 2013

  • Leigh

    HI Everyone...I just wanted to let you know that I will NOT be stopping at the top for a break tomorrow. I just have too many things Santa has put me in charge of...he's a demanding task master... :) Those of you in similar situations can do the immediate turn around or if you like..please feel free to sit and soak in the views....we have MANY experienced Wanderers on this trip and I'm sure I can find one that will be willing to relax at the top and walk down a little later with the remainder of the group!

    December 22, 2013

  • Mary A.

    I'll be at Adobe Canyon Rd by 8:30 - anyone else?

    December 22, 2013

  • Amy H.

    Sorry folks, I have to work Monday this time, but you guys enjoy and Merry Christmas

    December 20, 2013

  • elaine m.

    will meet at goodspeed trail head ... or at 12 if needed to carpool folks

    December 1, 2013

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