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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, easy hike with the bulk of the incline at the start. We did a loop that started at Woodside campground and included parts of the central trail, huckleberry trail, north trail, prairie trail, south trail and then powerline trail. Trails seemed well marked. However know this area described as "near Jenner" is about 18 miles north, with intense coastal driving. I'd come back in a heartbeat because the immediate area both inland and along the coast has enough trails and possible loops for days.
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.