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Pinnacle Gulch and Shorttail Gulch Loop

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Bodega Bay, California

Pinnacle Gulch and Shorttail Gulch Loop is a 2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Bodega Bay, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 318 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Beach Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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This is a quiet loop trail that starts and ends at the Pinnacle Gulch parking lot. Parking is free and there is a bathroom in the parking lot. The trail is blocked on the beach at high tide, so check the tide table. https://www.tide-forecast.com/locations/Bodega-Harbor-entrance-California/tides/latest

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Emily Kennedy
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the steepest part is the shorttail gulch. If we do this trail again we would park (on the left side just before the pinnacle gulch trail head) then walk along the sidewalk to the shorttail gulch, down to the beach, then up the pinnacle gulch. I think the views will be maximized that way as well. I really enjoyed seeing all the starfish and other sea creatures at low tide.

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Kristen Collins
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Lots of stairs but a beautiful trail! Beach and Forrest, my favorite kind of trail!

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Sarj Chohan
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Richard Binder
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Tom Marshall
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Stef Wright
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Nice trail and the beach is great. Not too hard any fitness level will enjoy! :)

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Richard Mabe
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Nice loop and beautiful ocean.

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Ni Schrader
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Nice steps to get down. I messed up on the recording, got it going about halfway through. Lost reception and couldn’t see the trail so I walked back up the way I came. Beautiful beach walk.

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Camille Joy
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Nice short hike to the beach

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Tyler Chuck
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A nice loop connecting two gulches with a stretch in the beach. The beach path has lots of rocks to climb through and when the wind picks up, the sand can pick up and blow onto you. Last part of the trail is on the street back to the parking lot. Overall, it’s a nice loop!

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kelly baker
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I loved this short little hike to the beach. It was adorable with little bridges, pretty wildflowers and greenery, and a beautiful view upon reaching the beach! It is downhill so the return trip is a little more of a workout, but nothing strenuous.

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Taylor Dudgeon
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Fun, short trail leading to a somewhat secluded beach. Went on a Sunday afternoon, some families but not too crowded. Some stairs on the trail, but nothing strenuous. The beach had both rocky and sandy parts, will be back!

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Dee Iglesias
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Dirt path. Some stairs. Carried my 18 month old. 1 mile one-way. Beautiful spot.

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Shannon Parrish
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Great trail, went the other day with a friend and her baby. It was a mile out and a mile back. We hiked to the ocean hang out for a couple hours then walked back. Lots of pretty rocky areas to play in and explore. Family friendly!

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Delphine Imbert
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Short very scenic trail. Not many people and everybody with masks and socially distant. Great with dogs

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Anil Assudani
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Not too crowded even on the weekend. Easy hike down to a relatively secluded beach with sandy and rocky parts and then new moderately strenuous but short hike back up to end the loop.

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Krystal Alvarez
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Fun, short trail. Dog friendly!

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Kim Welsch
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Jenny Marino
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Saagar Sabharwal
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Noah Breyer
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Kelly Currier
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Kelly Farley
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Maria del Mar Alsina
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TJ Mills
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Kayla Haith
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Cyrus Park
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Andrey Kuznetsov
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Matt Fitz
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Matthew Ford
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