Mount Hood via Goodspeed Trail
ElevationAscent: 1,982' 604 m
Descent: -1,982' -604 m
High: 2,580' 787 m
Low: 752' 229 m
GradeAvg Grade: 12% (7°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“From redwoods to chapparal to grassland to oak forest to HUGE views - this has it all!”— Nick Wilder
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.
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Land Manager: Sonoma County Regional Parks