Hike #12: Hood Mountain to Sugarloaf, Napa County (25-March-2005)
MOST ADVENTURESOME HIKE so far, involving a knee-deep stream fording and many
downed trees. Hood Mtn rises to an elevation of 2,730ft, so it’s a respectable
climb to the peak. There were no views to speak of from the top of the mountain
(too many trees), so we continued to Gunsight Rock where we thoroughly
enjoyed the incredible views to the north, west and south. Since the dogs
were not allowed in Sugarloaf Ridge State Park, we split up,
with two of us heading back to the car with the dogs, and the other two hiking
the Natt Kemper-Goodspeed Trail to Sugarloaf. It was an awesome trip.
CAUTIONARY NOTE to HIKERS #1: There were more TICKS here than we have seen
anywhere else. We picked off more than 100 off of us, the dogs, and the car
on our way home!
CAUTIONARY NOTE to HIKERS #2: As of this writing, Hood Mtn Regional Park is
only open Friday through Monday. Call to confirm the hours — we were
locked out on Thursday and had to come back!
hike::Annadel State Park | HOOD MTN REGIONAL PARK |
Sugarloaf Ridge State Park::next hike >
Mtn and bucolic cows
HERE for more flowers
View northwest from Gunsight Rock, near the top of Hood Mtn.
Parting of the ways
Looking back toward Hood Mtn and Gunsight Rock
Looking down toward Sugarloaf Ridge
State Park | HOOD MTN REGIONAL PARK | Sugarloaf
Ridge State Park::next hike >