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Kortum Trail

EASY 78 reviews
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Kortum Trail is a 8.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Occidental, 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.

Distance: 8.9 miles Elevation Gain: 931 feet Route Type: Out & Back

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

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.

hiking
2 days ago

Beautiful sunny day on the Sonoma Coast. Easy hike from Wright’s Beach to Goat Rock with a lot of wild flowers in bloom.

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Lots of wild flowers this time of year. Muddy in certain parts. Great for bird watching. Saw nesting sea birds on the rocks in the ocean and a white-tailed kite on the rocky hill side. Super fun and easy hike.

bugs
muddy
2 months ago

Good trail along with shore but it was muddy trail and unexpected shoes wet. My wife complained this. Except muddy and bug, good trail and enjoyable place

hiking
muddy
no shade
2 months ago

4 months ago

Lovely walk along the ocean with multiple side paths leading to the cliff edge for better views. We parked at Shell Beach and headed north, turning around just past the cool rockpile before you start climbing. Be warned, this trail has lots of puddles after it rains, waterproof boots are advised. Would have gone all the way to Goat Rock but rain came in and cut our hike short.

walking
5 months ago

Super easy and really fun.

6 months ago

one of my beach favorites

hiking
7 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.

hiking
8 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.

9 months ago

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

hiking
9 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!

hiking
9 months ago

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

trail running
10 months ago

Great trail along the coast

hiking
Friday, June 22, 2018

Love this place! It is a nice and friendly hike for all beginners. They also have parking spaces in between this hike so you can park in the middle and cut the hike in half. We ended up parking in the middle of this trail to make it 4 miles altogether. Has a fabulous view of the ocean at all times. Great for kids and we will be back again!

walking
Monday, June 04, 2018

I did part of the trail as a short loop from the wrights beach parking area to the next beach access point maybe 3/4 mile away, then down from the bluff to return along the beach. Beautiful trail, as others have said. Suggest wearing long pants - when I was there in early June the section after the first boardwalk was choked with waist-high weedy brush, including prickly thistle plants crowding the trail and making it quite narrow at times. Not so nice to brush against with bare legs.

hiking
Monday, April 16, 2018

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.

Monday, February 19, 2018

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
Sunday, February 04, 2018

Gorgeous views!

trail running
Wednesday, January 31, 2018

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.

hiking
Friday, September 29, 2017

It's all in what you are looking for. in this case, 5 stars for the view. Easy trail with one uphill section. Total out and back mileage from the trailhead at Wright's Beach Campground to Goat Rock parking area is 9.1 miles. The trail stops at Blind Beach. From there, either take the road to Goat Rock, or drop down to the beach and follow it. At high tide it is a bit more difficult, as part of the beach walk involves a rock scramble. To add a little extra, keep following the beach past Goat Rock to the end of the Russian River sand bar for a total of about 10 miles. views are phenomenal the entire way!

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

Not physically demanding, but I wish it had been. It was a nice leisure walk though, and we saw a deer scale the cliffs when it somehow stranded itself on the beach. The large hill/mountain on the right would've been a bit more appropriate for us maybe. But the views were lovely as ever.

Sunday, July 09, 2017

I was seeking something a bit more challenging, but gorgeous views!

hiking
Tuesday, July 04, 2017

Great hike, with awesome views. Completed the entire hike from Wrights Beach to the northern end of Goat Rock beach.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

You have to do this trail while at Sonoma. Fantastic scenery!

Sunday, May 14, 2017

The views were stunning when I was here a couple months ago. Only a couple other people on the trail so it was easy to stop for pictures and to look at wildflowers. Not a hard trail and look forward to repeating!

hiking
Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Beautiful 7.6 mile hike (round trip), that starts at Wright's Beach and ends with a steep hill at Goat Rock. Plenty to see and explore off the path, so the 7.6 miles can turn into plenty more, if you want to explore the beaches. Come prepared with Sunscreen, water, food, warm clothes (for when you are resting -- it can get pretty windy.) and maybe even a towel, for if you decide to get wet in the ocean.

hiking
Friday, March 24, 2017

Great walk along the beautiful coast. Gorgeous scenery and protective boardwalk where it became too marshy. Humping up the steep hill at about the 2 mile mark definitely worth the effort for the panoramic views. Skip the last 1/2 mile down to Goat Rock with the many people who drive down to it.

walking
Thursday, January 05, 2017

Had to rush along the trail thanks to approaching rain, but the magnificent coastal views are something to be savored. Trail is pretty much flat the entire way.

Monday, November 07, 2016

A beautiful easy hike along the coast.

walking
Sunday, November 06, 2016

take the kids here often. don't forget the sunblock !!

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