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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.

Great views. Lots of wildlife.

We thoroughly enjoyed this hike yesterday to the top of Redhill. The beautiful irises & another sweet wildflowers, the view which was completely panoramic, very few people (of course it was a Monday). Want to go again.

hiking
19 days ago

This hike is a 5 mile loop when using the Shell Beach Trail. Park in the parking lot at Shell Beach.(a public bathroom is available here) The trail is at the top of the drive across the road. This trail has a lot to offer. The up's on this trail go on forever! Great workout. I saw signs of coyotes along the whole trail. The redwoods are a great surprise. Once you get back to Shell Beach parking lot, take the trail to the right of the restroom and go to the beach......so fun and a great workout!

21 days ago

First mile from the Shell Beach end, is strenuous but the views of the ocean are well worth it. At near the 1/3 mark there is a great view of the Russian River just at Jenner. Here you have a viewpoint and a picnic table. The rest of the trail (going east to PomoTrail campground) is moderate kicking sprinkled with stream crossings.

walking
2 months ago

Had to rush along the trail thanks to approaching rain, but the magnificent coastal views are something to be savored. Trail is pretty much flat the entire way.

Wonderful and manageable multi layer hike with stunning views.

Suggest Shell Beach to Pomo Canyon and come back on the Red Hill trail.

4 months ago

A beautiful easy hike along the coast.

walking
4 months ago

take the kids here often. don't forget the sunblock !!

one of my favorite places, I take visitors here to get an up close view of the seal nursery. great photographic opportunities

hiking
5 months ago

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hiking
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