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Bodega Head Trail

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Bodega Head Trail is a 1.7 mile moderately trafficked loop 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.

Distance: 1.7 miles Elevation Gain: 180 feet Route Type: Loop

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

no dogs

hiking
1 month ago

More of a pleasant stroll with fantastic views than a work out hike. (Unless you jog it). It is short and little incline. I did an up and back versus the loop because all the breathtaking views are on one side. You’ll initially get views of the pacific, then you’ll see where the ocean feeds into ‘bodega Bay’. And even left even more you’ll see where the bay connects to the sheltered harbor. Lots of sea birds and beach access by the parking lot. Place gets busy, even on a weekday. I won’t want to be around during a weekend.

hiking
2 months ago

This a great little “daily minimum” walk. I live close by and come out often just to get a bit of exercise (2 + miles if you do some of the extra loops). Try to avoid the high-erosion type side-loops. Wonderful views, mostly flat with a few low-key inclines, seal rock activity as you head south around the trail, wildlife can be abundant when its not too crowded. There are connector trails heading North too, if you want to make it a hike. VERY crowded on summer weekends.

hiking
3 months ago

Great views and very easy trail. Last section is harder to follow with many options of ‘trails’ but any will lead to the end.

hiking
3 months ago

There’s some areas where the bushes are a little bit overgrown, dress wisely. You get a close view with wildlife, such as deer and birds. Hope you enjoy this trail.

hiking
4 months ago

I’m probably bias on this place because I’ve been coming here for years and it hasn’t gotten old. It’s not a long strenuous hike but I just love the view. It’s a great place to whale watch season permitted. The sunset is always spectacular. I did a full moon hike once there. Weather was jus right and the moon light up the sky.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful hike even with the morning fog! Recommend wearing pants to avoid scratchy brush along the trail.

hiking
5 months ago

we did the overlook trail and the path is extremely narrow. worth it for the great views.

hiking
5 months ago

Exposed, but pleasant hike. Plenty of side trails will take you to viewing points.

hiking
5 months ago

Very nice, easy hike. If you have fear of heights as I do, don’t look right on first section. It was foggy on the ocean side but got warmer once away from ocean. Very clean trails. Bathroom was primitive but well taken care of. Saw deer cross path 200 yards in front of us. Overall very pleasant day.

6 months ago

just a beautiful hike. an awesome view in every direction

hiking
7 months ago

Great views and super easy. Kid friendly, be sure to hang on to them as there is rope or guide rail. Absolutely great place to animal watch, gray whales in winter and early spring. All kinds of sea bird and sea lions playing in the waves.

hiking
muddy
10 months ago

11 months ago

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

11 months ago

Majestic views!

Sat Nov 03 2018

nice easy trail with great views. . .

hiking
Tue Oct 30 2018

Beautiful overlook and well maintained trails. It is a popular spot to visit with lots of parking.

Wed Oct 24 2018

Beautiful easy trail. Wonderful views.

hiking
Sun Sep 02 2018

Nice leisure hike with mild elevation. Saw a deer in the bush, too!

Sat Aug 25 2018

Easy way to see where the Bay meets Bodega Harbor

hiking
Fri Aug 24 2018

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

Fri Aug 10 2018

Easy hike great for all ages. Great views!

hiking
Tue Jul 24 2018

Despite people saying this trail was well-marked, I somehow managed to wander off of it several times, LOL. It’s a lovely walk, with views of the ocean and the bay in every direction. Not too crowded on a weekday.

hiking
Sun Jul 22 2018

We checked out the Bodega Head trail today. When we arrived we drove a little bit further until we hit a parking lot. There were quite a few people as it was a weekend. There are some picnic tables off to the right as you drive in. We hung out and had some lunch. Then we headed across the parking lot to hit the trail. Stopping at the bathrooms they really stunk up the area. We were happy to be on the trail and get some fresh air. We took the side of the trail that went up along the cliffs. There were so many beautiful views of the coastline! We really enjoyed our hike. We didn’t make it all the way around as we got off trail a little bit. There is a really cool island off the coast and we could hear all the seals going yapping! Super cool! Lots of cool areas for drone. All in all this is a great family friendly hike. Bring your kids and your dogs and pack a lunch. Beach access requires that you trek down to it so this isn’t the most family friendly beach but the cliff side trails are this trails highlight! We will be back again!

Sat Jul 14 2018

It was foggy, but still beautiful. There were so many wildflowers, and because it was early in the morning it wasn’t super busy. Easy to get and a nice easy walk.

walking
Thu Jul 12 2018

I hit this trail up nearly every time I’m out at Bodega Head. There are ocean views for days when the fog burns off. The trail is super easy,perfect for a relaxing walk/hike to soak up the area’s natural beauty.

hiking
Wed Jul 11 2018

Amazing view! we do not have much time there, and only take a very short walk. next time definitely will spend a day there around.

hiking
Mon Jul 02 2018

Nice, fun hike. It was a little busy but it was fun and well marked. We found a way to scramble down to a little isolated beach that was so great. Not a person in site. Get there early for a decent parking spot before the area fills up.

walking
Wed Jun 13 2018

Picturesque and breathtaking views of the Pacific with beautiful wildflowers that populate this glorious walk along the well marked and easy trail. Do not skip this hidden gem as you travel along Hwy 1.

hiking
Mon May 14 2018

we hiked from westside campground to this trail no dogs once we got to bodega head tons of people great ocean views

Sat May 12 2018

stunning!

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