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Pythian Road and Lawson Trail are safe for public access as crews continue to repair the rest of the burnt down park
Holy Rose, California – June 1, 2021 – Outdoor enthusiasts will once again be able to hike, cycle or cycle in parts of Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve this summer when Sonoma County State Parks reopen Sonoma Park Valley to limited public access on June 1, 2021. Hood Mountain The regional park has been closed since September 2020, when the Glass Fire burned about 80% of the 2,000-acre park.
Unlike the Hood Mountain Park fire damage after the 2017 Nuns Fire, the glass fire caused many more damaged trees throughout the burn area, in part because the trees that burned in 2017 were much more susceptible to another fire just three years later. Additionally, the park’s two access roads, Los Alamos Road on the west side and Pythian Road on the east side, suffered infrastructure damage during the fire, affecting safe access.
Over the past eight months, crews have worked to clear hundreds of dangerous trees and repair damage to roads and other infrastructure. On June 1, the Pythian Road entrance and upper parking lot on the east side of the park will reopen public access to a limited section of the Lower Johnson Ridge Trail and the entire length of the new Lawson Trail. No other trail in the park will reopen at this time.
The lower Pythian Road parking lot, including the horse trailer parking area, remains closed for the time being. The entrance to Los Alamos Road and the west side of the regional park also remain closed.
From the upper parking lot on Pythian Road, visitors have access to the Lower Johnson Ridge Trail that connects inside the park and a 4 mile round trip climb on the Lawson Trail. The Lawson Trail, which opened to the public just months before the glass fire ignited last fall, climbs and zigzags from the riparian stream habitat, through forests of oak, chaparral and of Sargent Cypress, and winds west through prominent ridge lines with sweeping views of the Sonoma Valley and Napa Hills, nearly 1,935 feet above the valley floor.
While the historic Lawson family cabin and barn was lost to the fire, the natural habitat is already showing signs of regeneration, with spring rains producing wildflowers and new green shoots in the middle of a forest native to pygmy cypress (Cupressus sargentii) and madrone oak forests.
As crews continue to clean and repair the remainder of Hood Mountain’s nearly 19-mile trail, please obey trail closure signs and stay on the trail to avoid damaging soil, seeds, and new vegetation. as nature continues to recover.
The Hood Mountain Pythian Road parking lot is located at 1450 Pythian Road in Santa Rosa. Parking is $ 7 for the public; free for members of the regional park.
The Sonoma County Parks Foundation is hosting a Fire Recovery and Resilience Fund that will help Hood Mountain recover from this damage. Donations can be directed to the Bill and Dave Legacy Fund’s Hood Mountain Fire Recovery Campaign.
For more information on Hood Mountain Regional Park and Open Space Preserve and an updated park map, visit parks.sonomacounty.ca.gov/Visit/Hood-Mountain-Regional-Park-and-Preserve .