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Bodega Head (Accessible) is a 0.9 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Bodega Bay, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 39 ft Route type Out & Back
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According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=103): Bodega Head forms the tip of a peninsula that extends south of the Bodega dunes and protects Bodega Harbor from the pounding ocean waves. It’s four miles long and one mile wide, and is geologically related to Point Reyes and the Farallon Islands. Bodega Head lies on the Pacific Plate; geologists believe that it was once some 300 miles to the south and was carried to its present location by the northward movement of the Pacific Plate along the San Andreas Fault. This major fault runs the length of Sonoma County along or near the coast. Along the way to Bodega Head you will find a boat launch area, sandy pocket beaches backed by granite cliffs, and two blufftop trails. The upper trail is accessible and is a good place to scan the water for gray whales during their spring and fall migrations—be sure to bring your binoculars. In the 1960s, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company proposed to build a nuclear power plant on Bodega Head, and had already dug a deep hole for the foundation, but after opponents pointed out the earthquake hazard, that project was abandoned. The “Hole in the Head” is now a pond where you may see ducks happily swimming. Accessibility: The turnoff from Westshore Road is unmarked, but it is the last road on the left before you reach the main (lower) parking lot for Bodega Head. There is firm, designated, van-accessible parking with a slope no greater than 2% available at both this parking lot and the lower lot at the end of Westshore Road. The trail surface is dirt and it is typically at least three feet wide as long as it has been mowed. The grade for the out-and-back trail is 5% or less. A few hundred yards from the parking lot, you come to an intersection in the trail. You will want to go right as a left turn here will take you down a slight dip, hugging the hill, and the trail soon becomes too narrow for a wheelchair to navigate. Going right at the intersection, before long you will come to a vista point with bird's-eye views to the east and north and an accessible picnic table. Here you can watch boats navigate the narrow channel into Bodega Harbor and see the mile-long beach at Doran Park. Past the vista point, the trail dips and climbs gently through the grasslands. The seals' barks become louder, and soon a small island favored by them comes into view, when it's not too foggy. After about 0.3 miles from the parking lot, the trail gets steeper with sections with a grade of 12% so it is suggested to turn around. Continuing on and making a full loop to return to the parking lots is possible but it may be too steep for manual wheelchairs without assistance. There are accessible restrooms and picnic tables with firm and stable paths and surfaces and at least 27 inches of knee clearance by both parking areas (please note: for the upper lot, the picnic table is several hundred yards away from the trailhead).

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Manika Bhargava
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Doug Gehmlich
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Hiked from our campground and did the entire loop. Scenery was fantastic, and we had a perfectly clear day for the hike.

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Giselle Rodriguez
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Beautiful short hike

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Kelly Currier
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John Vallerga
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Robert Sorey
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Marcin Kadluczka
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Adam Wilson
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Bharadwaj Vavilikolanu
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Guy Marion
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David Moskowitz
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sharon lirio
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Juliet N
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Hannah Plank
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Sheila Moore-Illingworth
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Haley Hurt
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Bong Hee Hong
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A. Garcia
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James Pretorius
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Hannah Kitchenka
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Bob Bowles
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Nicholas J Campbell
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Göksenin Öztürkeri
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William Masterson
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Mary Kate Becker
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Phillip Rader
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Xiang Zhang
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Jason Dorfer
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Eva Perez
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