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The beach is amazing but I was somewhat disappointed by the trail itself. Very easy and convenient access though.

Was an easy hike, and good with kids as there is only one real incline. Took us less than 2 1/2 hours incl. a couple short breaks. The beach is a great place to stop for a break or lunch.

Great and dog friendly

Beautiful views. Love the foggy view and all the birds around!
The beaches is considered very dangerous in this area. Be careful!

nice easy trail with great views. . .

15 days ago

Beautiful overlook and well maintained trails. It is a popular spot to visit with lots of parking.

A great trail! lots of variations in the terrain. the views were amazing and was perfect with some up hill and down hills. will do this one again maybe running it. 6.7 mile loop.

We parked on willow creek road and hiked up Pomo canyon and back which was awesome. We hiked up through the redwoods, through the golden valley to enjoy vistas of the ocean as we neared Shell Beach. We stopped off at the rock overlook and enjoyed some snacks before heading back the way we came. Next time we’ll check out Red Hill; it was getting close to sunset so we stayed on what we knew to ensure we hiked out with plenty of light.

19 days ago

Beautiful easy trail. Wonderful views.

Love this Beach! Best during a minus ride, but beautiful any time. Not steep, but scrambling is required.

1 month ago

Loved seeing the sandpipers and other birds along the water, also saw seals in the water. Fun hike.

It is an easy hike and nice trail.

1 month ago

I love this flat stretch of beach as does my dog. I’ve seen whales off the shore, sea lions come up on the beach and all kinds of sea life wash ashore. Great 2 mile stretch and always friendly people walking. Mornings best to beat the afternoon wind. My dog loves...lots of great things to explore & sniff out.

Was recommended to this by a co worker. It was a nice scenic drive, however, when you start getting close to the lighthouse the roads aren’t great. Not terrible, but not great. Lighthouse was going through remodeling so we were only able to see from atop. Great to go and see it once, but probably won’t venture out there again. Very overcast.

on Doran Beach Trail

2 months ago

Very pleasant stroll along a long beach. Easy walk from Bodega Bay Lodge.


More like a tour of the old village buildings reconstructed. Not a hike.

Great rock formations and colors along the coast. Saw some harbor seals, star fish, and blue heron. There are sandy beach areas, too.

2 months ago

Nice leisure hike with mild elevation. Saw a deer in the bush, too!

2 months ago

Gorgeous hike from misty, mossy woods to the ocean, and I would recommend doing it CLOCKWISE as we did, rather than counterclockwise as is listed here. The Sky and Coastal trails were beautiful but the Woodland trail in between was poorly maintained and would have been really awful to do uphill rather than downhill as we did. Covering your legs is a must, particularly for the Woodland trail part of the hike. Accidentally took the Coastal trail back so was unable to see the Muddy Hollow trail.

Easy way to see where the Bay meets Bodega Harbor

2 months ago

Great easy trail for the whole family, young and old (our youngest was 9 and it was easy for her). Great activity to do with young kids when in Sonoma

Easy hike great for all ages. Great views!

On this day had a special opportunity to meet down to earth ..celebrity couple..” A glimpse of our lives”

3 months ago

Despite people saying this trail was well-marked, I somehow managed to wander off of it several times, LOL. It’s a lovely walk, with views of the ocean and the bay in every direction. Not too crowded on a weekday.

3 months ago

We checked out the Bodega Head trail today. When we arrived we drove a little bit further until we hit a parking lot. There were quite a few people as it was a weekend. There are some picnic tables off to the right as you drive in. We hung out and had some lunch. Then we headed across the parking lot to hit the trail. Stopping at the bathrooms they really stunk up the area. We were happy to be on the trail and get some fresh air. We took the side of the trail that went up along the cliffs. There were so many beautiful views of the coastline! We really enjoyed our hike. We didn’t make it all the way around as we got off trail a little bit. There is a really cool island off the coast and we could hear all the seals going yapping! Super cool! Lots of cool areas for drone.

All in all this is a great family friendly hike. Bring your kids and your dogs and pack a lunch. Beach access requires that you trek down to it so this isn’t the most family friendly beach but the cliff side trails are this trails highlight! We will be back again!

Great short trip! Definitely wasn’t ready for it to end. The hardest part is the first hill climb right from the road. It’s a steady climb for a few minutes but then levels out the remaining two miles. Great bridges and redwood circles all throughout the walk. Definitely will do again. Trail is well maintained and easy to follow. A few spots were slightly unclear and some blazing would be nice through those spots but as long as you pay attention you won’t have any trouble at all.

Red Hill is the tougher trail! We took a pup and she dis great for the full 7 mi. We parked at the camp ground and started there but realized most people park at Shell Beach. Works either way as long as you start out early enough to finish before sunset!

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