We used to live in Sonoma County, and moved to Nevada because things were changing there, not for the better in our opinion. Anyway we still love to hike in remote areas of the Sierras, alone. Could we carry a handgun, open carry?
With all the dope growers, mountain lions, and crazys, we would feel much safer with some protection. Recall what happened in Point Reyes on the trails, 5 people murdered, rapes. Yosemite handyman murdered 4 women. ( I used to be a Park Ranger in Yosemite, and there is a lot of crime there) Santa Cruz mountains-Kemper.
Anyway, rather be safe than sorry.
Thanks for any feedback.