Best trails in Bodega Bay, California

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Looking for a great trail near Bodega Bay, California? AllTrails has 9 great hiking trails, trail running trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Mount Tamalpais State Park or Robert Louis Stevenson State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Blithedale Summit Open Space Preserve or Mount Burdell Open Space Preserve. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 8 easy trails in Bodega Bay ranging from 0.9 to 8.1 miles and from 3 to 242 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Bodega Bay, California
Top trails (9)
#1 - Bodega Head Trail
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 41 m
Bodega Head is a four-mile-long peninsula just south of the Bodega Dunes and north of Bodega Harbor. It features a boat launch area, many pocket beaches, and stunning cliff views from several coastline trails. During their spring and fall migrations, grey whales can be spotted from here. This dirt trail is great for hiking and biking, but dogs are not allowed. The wheelchair and stroller friendly portion of this trail (as an out-and-back trail) can be viewed on its own trail page here: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/bodega-head-accessibleShow more
#2 - Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access
Bodega Bay, California
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Length: 1.2 mi • Est. 37 m
#3 - Bodega Dunes Trail
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 8.1 mi • Est. 3 h 46 m
#4 - Doran Beach Trail
Doran Regional Park
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
This is a beautiful walk along the beach with picturesque views of Bodega Harbor and the Bodega Head. As this trail is on loose sand, it is not considered wheelchair or stroller friendly, but the Doran Marsh Trail close by is: https://www.alltrails.com/trail/us/california/doran-marsh-trailShow more
#5 - Pinnacle Gulch and Shorttail Gulch Loop
Bodega Bay, California
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 48 m
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/latestShow more
#6 - Bodega Head (Accessible)
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
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).Show more
#7 - Bird Walk
Doran Regional Park
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Length: 2.1 mi • Est. 53 m
According to Access Northern California (http://accessnca.org/access-northern-california/explore/explore-detail-view/?site_id=99): Bird Walk is a mile-long loop trail through a revitalized 14-acre saltwater marsh at the mouth of Cheney Creek, where it empties into Bodega Harbor. This is one of Sonoma County’s prime spots for birdwatching. Here and in the neighboring dune ponds, mudflats, freshwater marshes, and grasslands, you may see snowy egrets, northern harriers, northern pintails, and marbled godwits - to name just a few. The trail runs atop a levee circling two dredge disposal ponds that were built in 1980 to hold silt from the dredging of Bodega Bay. The vegetation along the levee has been restored to improve bird and wildlife habitat. Bird Walk can connect to Doran Marsh Trail for an additional 0.8-mile hike. Accessibility: There is designated, van-accessible parking off of Highway 1. Two paths lead from the parking lot to the loop trail, which sits some 25 feet above the lot on top of a levee. The first is very steep. The second, a switchbacked asphalt ramp a few feet beyond, is the easier option. The trail surfaces are dirt and they are typically at least four feet wide. The max grade is 4%. Arriving atop the levee, you are greeted by a massive, grass-covered rock rising from the marsh. If you choose to circle clockwise around the loop, you'll first pass a pumping station on your left—down a hill and set back from the trail it's unobtrusive, and you'll likely be more focused on the vistas of Doran Park Marsh and Bodega Bay to the west. Within a few hundred feet you come to two spur trails, one travels down a gentle slope to a bridge that crosses Cheney Creek, where you can connect to the Doran Marsh Trail and extend your trip another 0.4 miles each way. The other, a hard-packed dirt trail that bisects the loop, is overgrown with grasses and quite bumpy for wheelchair users and doesn’t have the best views. There are accessible restrooms and an accessible picnic table by the parking lot.Show more
#8 - South Salmon Creek Beach
Sonoma Coast State Park
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Length: 1.7 mi • Est. 42 m
#9 - Doran Marsh Trail
Doran Regional Park
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Length: 0.9 mi • Est. 22 m
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.Show more