Explore the most popular birding trails in Sonoma Coast State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Kortum Trail

hiking
12 days 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
13 days ago

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

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

hiking
21 days 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
30 days 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
1 month 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
2 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
2 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.

2 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
2 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
2 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.

I'm not exactly in great shape, nor do I go on hikes very often, so I admit I almost decided to just stay at the beach after seeing the trail wind up and up into the hills. I'm so glad I didn't. Absolutely beautiful views of the Russian River valley, the coast, Jenner, and the mountain ranges. Arrived early and only ran into one other person, otherwise just forests, fields, a huge assortment of birds, beetles and butterflies and a morning well spent. Went up Pomo first and came back on Red Hill - you get a good workout but plenty of places to stop and relax.

paddle sports
2 months ago

Absolutely stunning - but this is not a trail, it’s paddling on the river. Beware paddling can be tough if the water level isn’t high.

You can start the hike right from the street or drive all the way down to the beach but we stopped somewhere in between, at the blind beach sign. It’s a short zig zag down ending with a pretty cool staircase. The stairs are a bit difficult to traverse but once you are on the beach it’s definitely worth it! The beach is secluded with tons of driftwood, rocks, and oyster shells . We had a fun time exploring and letting the dogs roam around.

hiking
2 months ago

Nice, fun hike. It was a little busy but it was fun and well marked. We found a way to scramble down to a little isolated beach that was so great. Not a person in site. Get there early for a decent parking spot before the area fills up.

hiking
3 months ago

Love this place! It is a nice and friendly hike for all beginners. They also have parking spaces in between this hike so you can park in the middle and cut the hike in half. We ended up parking in the middle of this trail to make it 4 miles altogether. Has a fabulous view of the ocean at all times. Great for kids and we will be back again!

Lots of great photo opportunities, easy to follow trail, and wasn't crowded at all mid-week.

walking
3 months ago

Picturesque and breathtaking views of the Pacific with beautiful wildflowers that populate this glorious walk along the well marked and easy trail. Do not skip this hidden gem as you travel along Hwy 1.

Absolutely marvelous. Just exactly what the northern Cali coast is at its finest. Loved taking my son

I think I found my new favorite hike. I started as others described: parked at Shell beach, took the Pomo side first, then came back on the Red Hill side. Lovely views, occasional shade and moderately difficult. I'll be back!

walking
3 months ago

I did part of the trail as a short loop from the wrights beach parking area to the next beach access point maybe 3/4 mile away, then down from the bluff to return along the beach. Beautiful trail, as others have said. Suggest wearing long pants - when I was there in early June the section after the first boardwalk was choked with waist-high weedy brush, including prickly thistle plants crowding the trail and making it quite narrow at times. Not so nice to brush against with bare legs.

Great morning hike with beautiful flowers. Started at shell beach and took Pomo side first. Fog broke while we were at Pomo campground area. Red hill on the way back and back down to the beach for picnic lunch. Perfect day!

This hike was well worth the views of the coast! Definitely recommend Pomo canyon trail going in and red hill trail coming back to avoid a straight uphill climb (but still plenty of challenging inclines along the way). Lots of sunshine on a nice day so don’t forget the SPF!

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