Let's go to Hood Mtn. a different way. Why? Because the drive is a bit shorter, parking is easy and free for regional parks pass holders (or $7 if you don't), and it's different. The hike is considered strenuous because of the 2000' elevation gain and a total length of 8 to 9 miles. If you made the Mt. St Helena hike then it should be no problem. We will have a lunch break around 11:30 and plan on being done around 1 (but no later than 2 for the football fans)
Here is the map: http://www.sonoma-county.org/parks/pdf/maps/hood_center.pdf
Suggested Carpool 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 8:35
PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:20
◦Wear comfortable hiking shoes.
◦Dress in layers. The hike will start off cool but warm up quickly!
◦Bring plenty of water-I'd say at least two bottles. This trail is exposed and can be quite sunny.
◦Bring your smile and a positive attitude!
◦We'll be stopping to enjoy the view at the top so make sure to bring a lunch!
◦Always check the website the night before to see if there have been any necessary adjustments.