nature trips



trail running

kid friendly

wild flowers


no dogs

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.

13 days ago

Lovely trail. It’s not too difficult. The views to ocean are sweeping. Can get pretty muddy on inner trail up during rainy season.

on Bodega Head Trail

17 days ago

Rolling trail with spectacular views. Windy from off shore breezes. Nice way to spend the 90 minutes before the sunset.

Great views. Just hard enough to make you feel like you have had a good hike.

21 days ago

Super easy and really fun.

Majestic views!

Pomo Canyon part is very muddy right now! Still a great hike.

one of my beach favorites

Beautiful hike! Make sure to do the little steep out and back section to the campgrounds. It was very lush and green with all the fern.

Great views from atop Redhill, but we did miss the right hand turn and walked through the forest then looped back around to find our error. No signs, just a small Cairn. The best views are stop Redhill. We then continued on to Pomo and the small campgrounds. Turned back and did the bottom loop which doesn’t have the views like the top section. 12 kms all up, from Shell Beach Trail head. It’s a good work out too.

1 month ago

Walked from Bodega RV Park and back along the road into town and back to our RV park- 18 kms all up. Many deer and bigger bucks in the dunes. We did lose our way at the 2/3 point in but recovers across country. Thanks to the app.
It’s probably 3 miles of sand dunes. Great exercise. Spectacular views at the headland. And facilities available there too. A nice walk !

2 months 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.

2 months 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.

3 months 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.

3 months ago

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

on Kortum Trail

4 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.
** Note: cellular service was limited and I wasn't able to "Record" the trail as I was hiking it, so keep that in mind!

4 months ago

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


4 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

4 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
5 months ago

Great trail along the coast

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