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Project Sponsors:

Sonoma County Regional Parks &
Open Space District

HOOD MOUNTAIN Regional Park & Open Space Preserve

May 18-20, 2018

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Project Background

Hood Mountain, located within the Regional Park & Open Space Preserve of the same name, is the highest peak in the Mayacamas Mountains separating the Sonoma and Napa valleys.  Its peaks and ridges provide stunning views of the valleys below and include sweeping vistas of Bay Area landmarks. The mountain was hit hard by the Sonoma County wildfires, but from lemons we get to make lemonade!

In the process we will get to see the beginning of recovery from fires that swept thick trees and foliage from the crest, reaffirming the message that – given a chance and protection - nature endures its cycles, and life will return to the mountain.  

Trail Description

V-O-Cal’s project at Hood Mountain will involve a reroute of approximately .3 miles of a previously steep, eroded section of the Nattkemper Trail.  We will replace it with a hiker-friendly sustainable trail on slopes just south of the summit. The new trail will run south east of the existing alignment to rejoin the Nattkemper Trail about halfway between the summit of Hood Mountain and the stunning Gunsight Rock overlook. 

Level of Effort

Hiking: moderate
Manual Labor: mixed

Center Camp

Camping (optional) will be near the historic Hood House, which provides a beautiful view of Hood Mountain

Carpooling, Parking


Driving Directions

From Santa Rosa - GPS address:  389 Casa Manana Road, Santa Rosa CA 95409

Take Highway 12 East to the traffic light at Pythian Road. Turn left and go past the entrance to St. Francis Winery. Continue straight ahead, follow and make slight curve to the left, then make an immediate right turn on Casa Manana Road.  Parking lot up ahead a short distance on the left. 

From Sonoma - GPS address:  389 Casa Manana Road, Santa Rosa CA 95409

Take Highway 12 West to the traffic light at Pythian Road. Turn right and go past the entrance to St. Francis Winery. Continue straight ahead, follow and make slight curve to the left, then make an immediate right turn on Casa Manana Road.  Parking lot up ahead a short distance on the left.

 


Preliminary Schedule
Friday
5:00 - 8:00pm - Gear/passenger shuttles run from parking area to camp area.
5:30pm - Registration and camping opens.

Saturday

7:00-9:00am - Gear/passenger shuttles run from parking area to camp area
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:00pm - Head back to camp.
4:00pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
5:45pm - Dinner and entertainment.

Sunday
7:00-9:00am - Gear/passenger shuttles run from parking area to camp area
7:30am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes. Shuttles back to parking begin

What to bring and wear
For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:

  • 2 water bottles, sun hat, and sunscreen. You will NOT be allowed on the trail without a water container.
  • Plates, utensils, coffee mug and a cup.
  • Work Gloves (if you do not have work gloves V-O-Cal can provide a pair to use).
  • Sturdy shoes or boots with tread. Working in sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted.
  • Day pack to carry water and lunch.
  • Sunglasses.
    Insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc.
  • A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
  • IF CAMPING: bring a tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, flashlight, and other camping gear. A coffee mug is also necessary. Also bring a change of clothes.

Meals
V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.

  • Please bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. To minimize waste from our projects, we ask that you bring your own dishes. Hot water and soap are provided.
  • A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
  • Lunch is prepared before hitting the trails. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30.
  • Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
  • Appetizers and beverages will be available at 4pm after the work day on Saturday. Dinner will follow at 6:15pm.
  • Hot breakfast is served Sunday.
  • Hazards
    HYDRATION/SUN EXPOSURE: The work site is exposed and it may be HOT. Wear a sun hat! Please drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.
    POISON OAK: There is a risk of exposure to poison oak at at the work site. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don't know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu after the workday and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes.
    SNAKES: Snakes are present on the property. Use caution when walking the trails and when picking items up off the ground.
    TICKS: Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.
    SHARP TOOLS: Please listen to your crew leaders tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.

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