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.

The tough climb at the beginning is worth it- gorgeous views :)

hiking
5 days ago

we hiked from westside campground to this trail no dogs once we got to bodega head tons of people great ocean views

hiking
6 days ago

Although a very short hike, we ended our walk along the beach with this pretty little trail. The wildflowers are beautiful and the views are even better!

stunning!

Easy and beautiful.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an easy walk atop the bluffs with an ocean view almost all the way. Wildflowers were everywhere in early April. There are smooth colorful rocks, with chert, blue shist, and plenty others in the mix on the coarse-grained beaches along the way.

Very beautiful views and lots of different scenery!

Loved this trail! Very refreshing and beautiful!

nature trips
2 months ago

Gorgeous path down to the beach with a wonderful variety of wildflowers and views. It’s another access point that connects to Goat Beach too (I’m guessing tides may be a factor). Great spot to bring your dog and run on the beach. Excellent bird watching beach as well. I really enjoyed the awesome cliffs, sedimentary rocks and scarfs. P. S. Take the Goat Rock Beach exit (Blind Beach is in smaller text) off Hwy 1 and the small paved parking lot will be the first one on your left. Bathrooms were closed when we were there on a Sun but generally the ones down by Goat Rock are open.

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 rocks 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.

hiking
2 months ago

This trail is all soft sand. The entire way. Yuck.

The starting point is not well marked and in the middle of the campground, thus no parking.

Trails to the beach are not marked.

hiking
3 months ago

Gorgeous views!

trail running
3 months 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.

3 months 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.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful

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

hiking
4 months 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.

hiking
4 months ago

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

hiking
4 months ago

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.

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.

Fabulous trail that gives views of redwood forest, rolling hills and ocean. Got some great views of wildlife too: lots of hawks, lizards, bunnies, voles, and a snake! The Red Hill trail has more incline than the Pomo Canton trail, so I recommend going out on the Red Hill when you have more energy. Lots of incline so good for a workout!

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