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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.

hiking
6 days ago

We loved this hike! Caught a beautiful hot day out in Bodega and started at Wright’s beach and went all the way out to Goat Rock & back. We went a slower pace and stopped at a couple beaches, checked out the tide pools. About 4.2 hours- walking with a recovering ACL. Stopped to take many scenic pictures as well. Stopped on the way out at the Fishetarian for the best clam chowder in Bodega Bay. They have great waterfront picnic tables.

Great there and back trail. Take the side trail down to the beach.

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. . .

Did not walk the cliff, but went to the tide pools. Overlook is very close. Great place to fly a kite. Plenty of parking.

hiking
14 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.

Beautiful easy trail. Wonderful views.

hiking
24 days ago

We parked at Shell Beach, where they have a restroom. We hiked about 2 miles to a peak with a great view of the shoreline on either side. Then returned to Shell Beach, for a total of about 4 miles. It was fairly flat, but not handicap accessible the whole way. The last portion leading up to the peak was quite steep. A great hike.

1 month ago

Nice sceneries, easy access paths to small beaches along the trail.

on Kortum Trail

hiking
2 months ago

Kortum Trail was extremely scenic and picturesque!! If it's your first time it's worth taking your time so you can stop and enjoy the views. Ideal for easy trail running too. From certain spots along the trail you can access the beach. The listing for this is tagged with: "no dogs" but I saw several people with them (all on a leash)!!
Ample parking is available in a few lots, as well as basic, public restroom facilities.

hiking
2 months ago

One of the best hikes I’ve ever been on!

GREAT TRAIL. ENJOYABLE THINGS TO LOOK AT. WOULD HIKE AGAIN.

hiking
2 months ago

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

Easy way to see where the Bay meets Bodega Harbor

hiking
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

trail running
2 months ago

Great trail along the coast

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”

hiking
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.

hiking
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!

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!

Such a beautiful hike; redwoods that are quiet and mysterious to begin, then it opens up to amazing views. Fog, meadows and plenty of birds to watch. One of the best hikes I’ve been on.

4 months ago

It was foggy, but still beautiful. There were so many wildflowers, and because it was early in the morning it wasn’t super busy. Easy to get and a nice easy walk.

walking
4 months ago

I hit this trail up nearly every time I’m out at Bodega Head. There are ocean views for days when the fog burns off. The trail is super easy,perfect for a relaxing walk/hike to soak up the area’s natural beauty.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing view! we do not have much time there, and only take a very short walk. next time definitely will spend a day there around.

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