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Mount Hood via Goodspeed Trail

Intermediate
 4.4 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

From redwoods to chapparal to grassland to oak forest to HUGE views - this has it all!


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6.1

Miles

9.9

KM

Out and Back

2,580' 787 m

High

752' 229 m

Low

1,982' 604 m

Up

1,982' 604 m

Down

12%

Avg Grade (7°)

28%

Max Grade (16°)

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Features Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This is fun hike for everyone. Speed demons will find they can run the whole way. Kids will enjoy climbing the rocks at the overlook (parents may not!). The redwood forest is magical. The meadows have beautiful views and often many wildflowers. The madrone trees show off their red bark. The oak forests are peaceful. Try it, you'll like it!

Need to Know

The trail can be hot and exposed on warm summer days. It is often an excellent winter hike and has fewer mud problems than other trails near here.

Description

From the small parking lot (you may have to go further up the road and walk back to the trail), you'll most likely be cold and damp as you descend to Sonoma Creek in a deep redwood forest. Cross a lovely bridge and pass through more redwoods until you climb up out of the creek floor.

This ares is near the edge of the redwood life zone, so they thrive in the cool wet valley, but as soon as you ascend you'll be in more familiar CA scrubland. It can suddenly feel quite hot and exposed over the next section of trail.

Descend slightly to cross a road and then begin the non-stop climb. Along the way, you'll pass through beautiful open meadows, often filled with wildflowers, oak forests, and madrone groves. We've seen rattlesnakes, rabbits, and deer of course.

Near the top, take the left fork to the Gunsight Rock Overlook. It has a terrific view over Sonoma valley, and is a much better destination than the summit of Hood Mountain, which is mostly tree covered.

Enjoy a rest and maybe a picnic, then return the way you came.

Flora & Fauna

Redwoods, CA oaks, madrone, wildflowers. Rabbits, snakes, and deer. Lots to discover!

Contacts

Shared By:

Nick Wilder with improvements by Kelly Fleming

Trail Ratings

  4.4 from 8 votes

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  4.4 from 8 votes
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Photos

Sonoma Creek bridge and redwoods at trailhead parking lot.
Apr 24, 2015 near Kenwood, CA
As you get higher, the views start to open up.
Apr 24, 2015 near Kenwood, CA
Heading up the beginning of the Goodspeed Trail
Apr 24, 2015 near Kenwood, CA
Nice stretch of smooth path on Goodspeed Trail
Apr 24, 2015 near Kenwood, CA
One tiny section requires good footing.  We once found a rattlesnake here.
Apr 24, 2015 near Kenwood, CA
View west over Sonoma Valley towards the Pacific ocean
Apr 24, 2015 near Kenwood, CA

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Aug 1, 2018
Scott Campbell
May 13, 2018
Eileen Corley
Beautiful hike-you can see nature's recovery from last fall's wildfires! The last 1/4 of the trail is quite steep, rough and narrow. And Worth It. 6.8mi — 3h 30m
May 19, 2017
Chelsea Sanchez
Super steep trail once you reach the fork to the left 11mi
Mar 12, 2017
Yingying Zhang
7.5mi
Feb 13, 2017
Michelle Keys
4.2mi
Dec 27, 2016
Jes Labampa
4mi
Nov 8, 2016
Chris Thomas
6.1mi
Aug 24, 2016
Ron noyb
6.4mi — 2h 30m