Nov 26, 2012 · 9:00 AM
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Please notice new car pool info below!
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.
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. I take it slow and I huff and puff...but I'm steady. I expect it to take about 3 1/2 to 4 hours.
If you want pictures and a more detailed description, I've provided a link to a great site!
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:
FOR car pools ...we have a change. Please document your car pool info in your RSVP comments NOT the general comments below. That will eliminate many msgs to the hike attendees. Car pool etiquette- Come prepared to drive, be aware that 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. 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!
Then PLEASE if possible try to use the location 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 the offered location.
Car pool will be at 8:25 at Caltrans Park & Ride lot adjacent to the Santa Rosa Veterans Memorial building. We gather by the Airporter pick up point.
- 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 snack!
- If you are interested in achieving a certain pace or training for a serious sporting event then this probably isn't for you. My pace is slow, steady and allows for conversation and an occasional photo.
- Always check the website the night before to see if there have been any necessary adjustments.
As a final note..please be aware that the trailhead does NOT have any cell phone reception or smart phone access. Please be early to avoid any problems. Out of respect for the people that arrive on a timely basis we do leave at the scheduled meetup time.