Hood Mountain Park

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Hood Mountain Park adjoins Sugarloaf Ridge State Park on the west. The dominant community is a mixed evergreen forest with Douglas fir, Pseudotsuga menziesii, madrone, Arbutus menziesii, California bay, Umbellularia californica, and various oaks including coast live oak, Quercus agrifolia, and Oregon oak, Quercus garryana. There are some redwoods, Sequoia sempervirens. Knobcone pine, Pinus attenuata, occurs sparingly, as does Sargent cypress, Cupressus sargentii.

Chaparral is present in much of the Park and includes such species as Arctostaphylos manzanita, Arctostaphylos stanfordiana, chamise, Adenostoma fasciculatum, and Ceanothus spp. The uncommon Ceanothus jepsonii and Ceanothus sonomensis are found here.

Along the stream courses there is a riparian association with willows, Salix spp., white alder, Alnus rhombifolia, and big-leaf maple, Acer macrophyllum.

Animal life is abundant and typical of the inner Coast Ranges. Of note are pygmy owls, Glaucidium gnoma, poor-will, Phalaenoptilus nuttalli, Heermann kangaroo rat, Dipodomys heermanni, and Pacific rattlesnake, Crotalus viridis.

Several intermittent streams flow in the Park. Outcrops of the underlying Pliocene Sonoma volcanics are conspicuous, particularly on Hood Mountain. In the northern section Mesozoic serpentines are present.

Integrity: There are several trails and day-use facilities within the Park. Portions have been grazed and some logging has occurred, but most of the area is virtually undisturbed.

Use: Research, educational, observational, present. 

June 1981

Inventory of California Natural Areas
Revision © 2009 Steven Louis Hartman

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