Boggs Mountain has awesome views of dirt roads, trails, pine trees, manzanita brush and some oaks. The viewpoints are few on this big long wide thoroughly forested ridge-like mountain. But if you want to take a beautiful walk in a high forest, at one with nature and such or take a mellow mountain bike ride Boggs could float your boat for the day.
Boggs is also Boggs Mountain State Forest
with an entrance road elevation of 3,000'. A system of easy roads and trails weave their way across and between the rolling high points roughly 3,500 to 3,700'.
There is a shooting range and when i was down that neck of the woods (the far southeast end of the mountain) a paint ball group was punctuating the silence to a significant degree. But it's a big old mountain and plenty of places to find lengthy peaceful walks in the woods.
Friends of Boggs Mountain is a good site to get to know as well.
Cobb left, Hannah, Konocti back center, Boggs (mid left) and others from St. Helena
From Middletown take Hwy. 175 9.6 miles into the Cobb Mountain area and turn right just after a sharp uphill S turn at the Boggs State Forest entrance (Foresty Rd 9999). Drive in less than a mile for parking and entrance station area with maps etc..
From Lakeport at the Scotts Valley exit on Hwy 29 go east 11.7 miles to Hwy 175. Go right into the mountains another 10 winding miles to Forestry Rd. 9999 just past Hobergs Resort.
Big rock face on rd 500
View from bench atop the big rock face
Small cairn rock pile leading to the viewpoint overlook on rd 542
Forest Rd 500
There are numerous trails routes roads etc.. The actual summit is all trees and is only discernable because you can't go any higher. It's all pretty easy grades of hiking nothing is really steep.
for a good trail map
from Friends of Boggs Mtn.
Where ARE the views if any on this mountain?
There is a fine view off the rim of the southeast end overlooking Collayomi Valley and a few others down the ridge just beyond the gate at the south end of Forest road 500.
There is a Vista Point on the trail map overlooking the the northeast end but it is way overgrown and hardly worth a visit.
Route to the best viewpoint
at the southeast end: Take Forestry rd. 500 for 3.6 miles from the park entrance. where it junctions with rd. 540 coming down from the left. Take 540 .4 mile and get on rd 542 going right. 542 splits at .3 mile. Stay to the right and go about a quarter mile to a small pile of rocks just off the road to the right indicating Corkys' Trail but the sign is gone as of June '15. Take it out a short distance to the overlook. It's a swell view out southeast over Collayomi Valley with Mt. St. Helena dominating the view to the south.
There are also some views down Rd 500 past the locked gate at the junction with 540. Go down about a third of a mile and above to the right is a sizeable rock face about 60 ft. high
that can be scrambled from the sides. Interestingly some folks have carried a bench up to the top which has some decent views to the northeast. There are also some good views of Cobb and St. Helena from the south end of the heliport area
near the entrance to the park.
Boggs Mtn. from Clearlake Highlands
Camping only in campgrounds. Campfires only in campgrounds. No hunting or shooting unless permissible. Motor vehicles must stay on roads. Keep pets leashed and controlled in camp area. Confine smoking to campgrounds.
There is a kiosk near the entrance with maps and a bulletin board with more info.
When to Climb
Panorama southeast from Boggs.
Year around. Probably springtime. It gets hot and exceptionally dry in summer and can easily get snowed in in winter with roads temporarily closed.
Over Clear Lake to St. Helena, Boggs, Cobb and Hannah
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for camping info.
Weather and 10 day forecast
West from Boggs near heliport
Afternoon forest on Boggs west side
St. Helena from Boggs heliport
Stu Deans on Boggs west slopeClick here
for the current weather and 10 day forecast for Cobb Ca.