Pomo Canyon Red Hill Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Jenner, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.
An old California ranch overlooking the coast and Jenner headlands. Red Hill provides a series of trails climbing the tallest ridge just south of the Russian River on the coast. This exposed landscape of grasslands and chaparral provides plenty of sweeping vistas overlooking the mouth of the Russian River watershed out to Jenner, coastlines down to Bodega Head, and some great overlooks into Willow Creek. The hike includes some long and steady uphill segments right from the start with the only level areas along the ridge between the Hill and Willow Creek and the upper meadows. There's plenty of variety to break up the view and provide surprises when rounding knolls. Dropping down into Willow Creek is via a fairly steep trail through an amazing stretch of mixed and Redwood forest lush with ferns on the ground. Overall, a great walk. A partnership between Sonoma County and the State Park Systems recently added Willow Creek to the group of parks called Sonoma Coast State Beach. The "Beach" is actually a series of beaches separated by bluffs and headlands extending 17 miles from Bodega Head to a point 4 miles north of Jenner.
We hiked from Shell Beach up Pomo Canyon trail. It was mid January, a beautiful sunny day, but the trail was flooded in several places. We had not planned for that and wore tennis shoes.. Other hikers with mud boots fared better. We had to go around some of the mud puddles by walking on the shoulder and sometimes into the brush along the sides of the trail. I did see some suspicious bushes, but convinced myself they were not poison oak. Unfortunately I was wrong... as evidenced by an itchy rash. The extra hike down to the closed campground is fun and scenic. There are no open bathrooms at the camp or anywhere along the trail. There's a waterfall at the far end beyond the camp. We saw a banana slug too! Apparently it's not a good idea to touch them... oops. It was a steep climb back to the main trail. We took Red Hill trail back towards the beach. It's higher up and wasn't nearly as wet and muddy. Avoid the Pomo trail during rainy season unless you are smart and have mud boots. Overall a fun hike with some challenging hills. Shell Beach parking lot has clean restrooms.
Wonderful and manageable multi layer hike with stunning views.
Suggest Shell Beach to Pomo Canyon and come back on the Red Hill trail.
Beautiful views everywhere.
The description on this trail says it is "Dog Friendly" it isn't. There are signs posted everywhere that say dogs are restricted, but we saw many jerks who brought their dogs, let them run off leash and crap all over the trail. There was a disgusting amount of obvious dog feces - NOT COOL.
Please, do not bring your dog on trails that say they are not permitted, but if you must (because you're an a$$hole who thinks the rules don't apple), the least you can do for other hikers and, you know, the natural environment, is pick up and take out their waste.
other than that, this was a one of my favorite hikes. We started at 9am from Shell Beach, walked all the way to the other trailhead, by the campground then looped back, taking the Red Hill trail to Shell Beach. Gorgeous views of the Russian River Valley shrouded in fog, several old growth forests dotting the loop that offered shade once the sun came out, and got a few good hills in. All in all, a lovely day despite rude dog owners.
Wonderful hike! Will do it again soon! And we took Red Hill on the way down, highly recommend.
Beautiful hike! You get to see the Redwoods, Russian River, and the ocean from this trail. Pretty moderate with some minor steep uphills. Please note that online this trail says dog friendly; however, there are signs posted at both entrances that says dogs are not allowed.
Beautiful. Somewhat challenging to do round trip. A great achievement for the occasional hiker. Will do it again for sure. From our parking spot trough the trail to the beach and back was probably 7+ miles. Loved it
Gorgeous hike- I started at shell beach and took the Pomo canyon trail and then skipped the campground and took the red hill trail and did a loop- worked out to about 5.5 miles