nature trips

kid friendly


trail running

no dogs

wild flowers

Long sandy beaches below rugged headlands, a craggy coastline with natural arches and secluded coves are features that make Sonoma Coast State Park one of California's most scenic attractions. The Beach, actually a series of beaches separated by rock bluffs and headlands, extends 17 miles from Bodega Head to Vista Trail located 4 miles north of Jenner. Beachcombers, fishermen, sunbathers and picnickers can access the beach from more than a dozen points along coast Highway 1. While the north coast weather can be foggy in the summer, it usually burns off by midday and the cool ocean breezes make the Sonoma Coast a haven for visitors seeking to escape the inland heat.

LOVE this trail. We definitely recommend taking Pomo Canyon first and come back via Red Hill (great views of the ocean and also avoid some rocky uphill) scenery changes often so there is always something to see. Many places to stop and eat/rest. Took us about 3hrs with a lunch stop and many picture breaks!

free parking across street at shell beach. entrance sign is small. AMAZING HIKE. walk through forests, shrubbery, hills, and fields. The scenery changes. lots of little spots and side trails for breaks or reading. beautiful view of ocean and Russian River. great workout coming back up the canyon. bring hats and cover for the Red Hill portion. check wind conditions.

There is no trail there. Just a road in residential area in the beginning and no trails afterwards

This trail is fabulous! Only about 2 Miles until you get to a small peak. The view from that hill is magnificent! And then 2 Miles back to the parking lot. The entire time you see the ocean, and you even have opportunities to walk down to the beach. We walked through golden red grasses and a big rock patch. We saw wild iris blooming here and there. The highlight was definitely the rock in the ocean. If you want, you can even go further up the trail and make the hike longer. The small peak was a nice stopping point, though.

20 days ago

Gorgeous views!

trail running
25 days ago

An absolute favorite for fairly easy trail running. You cannot beat these views. Being ocean front, can get very very windy. And crowded on weekends. Go before 8-9 and have it more to yourself.

26 days ago

Wonderful day hike. Views to Point Reyes. Birding Paradise.

Such a beautiful hike and what better than to end at the beach?! It’s a moderate challenge but it def gets your heart beating!

Love this hike! Park at the beach (free), walk back to the road and the trail starts across the road. Hike down into the canyon, with a steep ascent back out. Beautiful views overlooking the ocean on the return. Can do it in sneakers but hiking shoes best especially after rain.

1 month ago


Pretty wooded areas, happy the weather was misty otherwise would have been too hot out the open.

1 month ago

Great views and easy hiking for small kids!

Really good Trail, began hike at 9am and pretty much had it to ourselves. I would recommend to go to Pomo Canyon first and then loop back to Red Hill. The views were amazing, being able to see the ocean, Duncan Mills, Jenner, Russian River. Would definitely recommend. It took us about 3 hours including a couple stops.

1 month ago

Stunning views of the Pacific, Bodega Bay, and the harbor and town.

Moderate. Took about 3.5 hours including a break for picnic lunch.

Always something new to see and so many different terrains. Many ancient and amazing trees right on the path.

Beautiful views of the ocean, Russian river and redwoods. Good for trail running, lots of hills but not too steep.

3 months ago

Used to walk this down to fish decades ago. Beautiful area I miss. Used to ab dive just above here as well...

I really liked this trail because it's very diverse. I dont know much about bird watching, but there was a lot of bird action going on which was really impressive.

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