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Doran Marsh Trail is a 0.9 mile moderately 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. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 0.9 mi Elevation gain 19 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=98): Doran Regional Park in Bodega Bay is situated on a broad, sandy 120-acre spit that forms the northern border of the bay and the southern border of Bodega Harbor. On summer weekends, inland residents flock here seeking the cooler temperatures typically found along this part of the coast. The park has a campground for both trailers and tents (the accessible campsites have electricity), a boat launch, and picnic tables. The calm waters off this two-mile-long stretch of beach are the best in Sonoma County for swimming, and a concrete ramp provides good access to the beach when using a beach wheelchair. A short boardwalk with platforms overlooking the beach is off the main day-use lot. Be sure to stop at the marble sculpture "Whale Ballet," by Warren Arnold. From the picnic tables at the end of the park road you can watch people fishing from the rocky jetty at the spit’s end, or just enjoy the bay views and, on a clear day, perhaps spot Tomales Point in the distance. Cheney Creek provides habitat for federally threatened Central Coast steelhead and is a critical nursery area for several fish species, including the three-spined stickleback and prickly sculpin. Coyote brush, coast morning glory, yarrow, and yellow lupine are the dominant plants. On my summertime visit, mustard and gum plant, both yellow, brightened up an otherwise gray day. Birds you might see include egrets, western grebes, and American avocets. Accessibility: There is firm, designated handicapped van accessible parking with a slope no greater than 2% at the Cypress, day-use, and jetty lots. The dirt and gravel lot across from Doran Marsh Trail has no striping. The trail surface is dirt/gravel and it is typically at least four feet wide. It is flat with an average grade of 1% and a max grade of 3%. The Doran Marsh Trail runs on a levee along Cheney Creek, then crosses the creek on an accessible bridge and climbs a gentle hill to its crest, where you can connect to the accessible Bird Walk loop. There is a moderate uphill to reach Bird Walk after crossing the creek. Large-sized gravel in places makes for a bumpy ride. Might be muddy in wet weather. There are accessible restrooms at the jetty and day-use parking lots. The campground has unisex stalls that are open to the public. A beach wheelchair is available for loan from camp hosts at site 59. If a camp host is not available, ask at the entrance kiosk. There are accessible picnic tables on concrete pads with raised barbecue grills at the jetty day-use parking lot.

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Nadia Brannon
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Mike Wasden
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Syl C
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Judi Cutaia
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Emily Aufdermaur
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ellen brantley
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katie pierceall
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Jim Tooley
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Mike Wassmer
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Kim Cooke
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Gabriela Cunningham
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Warren White
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Kristy Loganbill
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james perry
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C.J. Olson
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Marvin Keenan
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Kelly Taylor
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John DeBell
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Jesse Ashabran
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