Past Meetup

Choices! Bald Mtn., Brushy Peaks, Hillside - 9 mi or 6miles


This is a 9 mile loop with an elevation gain of appx. 2500 feet. OR you can opt to take the easier version with fantastic Kathy that we do frequently and that is to head down to the parking lot from the top of Bald Mountain for a 6 mile version with about 1800 ft and it's a moderate + hike! Just make sure when you car pool that you get into a car with people that are doing the same version as yourself. IF you want the flexibility to decide while you hike then it's best that you drive yourself to the trailhead!

Here is the route:

Start @ main parking lot

Right on Lower Bald Mountain Trail

Right on Bald Mountain Trail

Right on Vista Trail

Left on Headwaters Trail

Left on Red Mountain Trail

Right on Bald Mountain Trail

Summit Bald Mountain

Left on Gray Pine Trail

Left on Brushy Peaks Trail

Pluto [isn't a planet anymore]

Snack/Lunch on Ridge

Neptune + Uranus

Left on Hillside Trail

Left on Creekside Nature Trail

Finish @ main parking lot

The link to the park brochure and trail map is below:

Car pool locations:

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.

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

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:

Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments. Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.

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.

Parking Fee: $8 (exact change) or State Park Pass

Duration: 5 hours

Facilities: at the trail head

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 have a break at the ridge.

See you on the trail!