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Best bird watching trails in Sonoma Coast State Park, California

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Explore the most popular bird watching 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.
Map of bird watching trails in Sonoma Coast State Park, California
Park information
Acreage:
10,286 acres
Contact
707-875-3483
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Top trails (15)
#1 - Pomo Canyon Trail Red Hill Trail Loop from Shell Beach
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 6.5 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
An old California ranch overlooking the coast and Jenner headlands. Red Hill provides a series of trails climbing the tallest ridge just south of the Russian River on the coast. This exposed landscape of grasslands and chaparral provides plenty of sweeping vistas overlooking the mouth of the Russian River watershed out to Jenner, coastlines down to Bodega Head, and some great overlooks into Willow Creek. The hike includes some long and steady uphill segments right from the start with the only level areas along the ridge between the Hill and Willow Creek and the upper meadows. There's plenty of variety to break up the view and provide surprises when rounding knolls. Dropping down into Willow Creek is via a fairly steep trail through an amazing stretch of mixed and Redwood forest lush with ferns on the ground. Overall, a great walk. A partnership between Sonoma County and the State Park Systems recently added Willow Creek to the group of parks called Sonoma Coast State Beach. The "Beach" is actually a series of beaches separated by bluffs and headlands extending 17 miles from Bodega Head to a point 4 miles north of Jenner.Show more
#2 - Bodega Head Trail
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 41 m
Bodega Head is a four-mile-long peninsula just south of the Bodega Dunes and north of Bodega Harbor. It features a boat launch area, many pocket beaches, and stunning cliff views from several coastline trails. During their spring and fall migrations, grey whales can be spotted from here. This dirt trail is great for hiking and biking, but dogs are not allowed. The wheelchair and stroller friendly portion of this trail (as an out-and-back trail) can be viewed on its own trail page here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/bodega-head-accessibleShow more
#3 - Kortum Trail
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 4 h 13 m
A nice walk along the Sonoma coastline on a well maintained trail. Much of this trail is a double plank wood walkway that goes over wetland, the hike ends at Shell beach. There are options for this hike making for a much longer hike. Show more
#4 - Kortum Trail: Shell Beach to Blind Beach
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Trail starts at the Shell Beach parking lot, staying along the coast the whole way. Climbing a small peak provides a great view of Goat Rock.Show more
#5 - Kortum Trail from Shell Beach to Wrights Beach
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 45 m
#6 - Goat Rock Beach to Wrights Beach via Kortum Trail
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 37 m
#7 - Pomo Canyon Trail to Shell Beach
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 53 m
Pomo Canyon Environmental Campsite is currently closed but you can still do this awesome hike. There is plenty of free parking at the trailhead, which is currently marked by a fence and "Campground Closed" sign about .3 miles from the campground. The hike starts off a bit steep, but winds it's way through a beautiful redwood grove covered in ferns. After about a mile the trail levels out and becomes sunnier, with more plant species diversity- keep an eye out for wildflowers in spring and early summer. Finally, you hike through a meadow like landscape and head down to Shell Beach. The return hike is slightly less steep. Bring water and wear sunscreen.Show more
#8 - Bodega Dunes Trail
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
#9 - Pomo Canyon Trail to Red Hill
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 4.4 mi • Est. 2 h 31 m
#10 - Goat Rock State Beach to Peaked Hill
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
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