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This is a spectacular hike especially in the winter. Diablo, Tamalpais and Mt. St. Helena were all visible. I’m glad I brought my Aqua Mira with me since I only brought two liters of water. The creek at the bottom of the canyon was flowing well.
If you are looking for sweeping views, diverse ecosystems and a great workout, this hike is for you.

Great views. Just hard enough to make you feel like you have had a good hike.

Did the Sea to Sky Trail to Raptor Ridge to come back. Didn't actually see an option to go any other way but was quite happy with our 2.5hr hike. Lots of sweeping views of hills, water, waves and COWS(!). The cows were certainly one of our favorite parts of the way up Sea to Sky. On the way back because it had rained a few days ago, the stream was still a bit high and we had some slippery mud to contend with most of the day. All in all this is a great few hours to spend with fair amount of uphill exertion.

Pomo Canyon part is very muddy right now! Still a great hike.

Awesome day hike. Challenging but very worth it. Incredible views of the Pacific Ocean at the beginning. You then dip into the redwoods before climbing about 1800’ to the summit of pole mountain. On top you have 360 degree views. Very well maintained path. About 4000 elevation gain and descent on my route and 18 miles. Sea to Sky on the way up and side trail of Russian gulch on way back (steep section out of Russian gulch). Stream crossing before pole Mtn climb was running well. Next time I will bring Sawyer filter and pack 2L instead of 4L of water (I drink a lot). Sun exposure the whole time besides brief redwood section. Highly reccomended. Pick a clear day the views are awesome. Took me close to 8 hours with a 30lb pack and weighing 300lbs+ with lunch and breaks. Gate opens at 8AM and locks at sunset.

Hiked in about 4 hours but only because a ranger was afraid I wouldn’t make it before the sunset so I really hauled ass. Otherwise I’d plan for 5-6 hours. Also, saw a mountain lion in the area (far enough away from the trail to still hike but keep an eye out). Really great views of the ocean, looks great at sunset. And fun drive to the actual hike.

Great views! Would not consider it difficult rating “hard”. We brought our 5 year old who was able to do the entire hike. Really enjoyed seeing the cows grazing along the trail. Nice parking lot with decent bathrooms and dogs allowed on leash.

It’s a great walk with changing terrain and great views, especially at the summit. 25.5 kms in 5 hrs 26 minutes- including 30 minutes lunch at the top and chatting on route. There are cattle on route but very quiet Belted Galloway’s. Saw a young bobcat too and mountain lions have been sighted lately. The trail head parking lot fills up quick and not RV friendly. Take water! 2 litres per person for December, even. There is one creek crossing but it isn’t too deep. Highly recommend!

Beautiful hike! Make sure to do the little steep out and back section to the campgrounds. It was very lush and green with all the fern.

Great views from atop Redhill, but we did miss the right hand turn and walked through the forest then looped back around to find our error. No signs, just a small Cairn. The best views are stop Redhill. We then continued on to Pomo and the small campgrounds. Turned back and did the bottom loop which doesn’t have the views like the top section. 12 kms all up, from Shell Beach Trail head. It’s a good work out too.

Took our 3 and 5 year olds this morning. Easy walk and we climbed down onto the rocky South Cove beach.

Great park. The trail is long but mostly smooth fire roads. Very well maintained. Took 7 hours including break for lunch and time to enjoy the spectacular views. 16 miles according to my gps.

A great trail! lots of variations in the terrain. the views were amazing and was perfect with some up hill and down hills. will do this one again maybe running it. 6.7 mile loop.

15 miles but well worth it. It’s the length not the terrain that makes this Hard. No poison oak to worry about. However, very high exposure (~70%) and no water stations enroute so pack it in. Dogs welcome in all lower areas; just not beyond the Pole Summit gate. This is a privately owned park with Public access. Very well maintained. I encourage hikers to check it out. Gate locks for the night at Sunset.

We parked on willow creek road and hiked up Pomo canyon and back which was awesome. We hiked up through the redwoods, through the golden valley to enjoy vistas of the ocean as we neared Shell Beach. We stopped off at the rock overlook and enjoyed some snacks before heading back the way we came. Next time we’ll check out Red Hill; it was getting close to sunset so we stayed on what we knew to ensure we hiked out with plenty of light.

This trail has the best trail markers I have ever seen showing the trail path.
There is a lot of sun so be prepared, bring 2 to 3 liters of water..
The 360 degree view when you reach the summit is incredible.
Expect about 6 1/2 Hour hike + stops
The gate for the parking lot gets locked at sunset.

This is a pretty cool hike. You get to see a couple different landscapes and dropping into the forest setting is really nice and a great reward from potential sun. Long stretches offer very little shade so on a hot day this could be rough. I'd say this leans more on the moderate side of hard. Yes it's long and has a good deal of elevation but it never feels that bad. If you're an avid hiker this shouldn't be to bad for you. Views from the summit are great and you get nice views on the way back of the ocean too. Very nice hike, I'd definitely recommend if you're in the area. We completed a little under 6 hours with a break at the peak for lunch. This isn't 15 miles though, if you stay on track it'll end up almost exactly 16 miles.

This is a brand new public trail on the Jenner Headlands Preserve. The trail starts and ends in the moderately-sized paved parking lot just off Hwy 1. There are spectacular views of the Pacific and the mountains to the east. There is no drinking water on the trail, so bring your own.


More like a tour of the old village buildings reconstructed. Not a hike.

On this day had a special opportunity to meet down to earth ..celebrity couple..” A glimpse of our lives”

Red Hill is the tougher trail! We took a pup and she dis great for the full 7 mi. We parked at the camp ground and started there but realized most people park at Shell Beach. Works either way as long as you start out early enough to finish before sunset!

6 months ago

Trail is not well marked or maintained

I'm not exactly in great shape, nor do I go on hikes very often, so I admit I almost decided to just stay at the beach after seeing the trail wind up and up into the hills. I'm so glad I didn't. Absolutely beautiful views of the Russian River valley, the coast, Jenner, and the mountain ranges. Arrived early and only ran into one other person, otherwise just forests, fields, a huge assortment of birds, beetles and butterflies and a morning well spent. Went up Pomo first and came back on Red Hill - you get a good workout but plenty of places to stop and relax.

couldn't cross the first creek

Absolutely marvelous. Just exactly what the northern Cali coast is at its finest. Loved taking my son

*Wear long pants*

I did not spot any poison oak, but the last segment (I believe it’s called Powerline Trail) is poorly marked, and definitely overgrown. You will be fighting ferns, long grasses, and various types of sharp brush for 30 minutes give or take. I prefer to wear shorts generally and even asked a ranger at the station about it beforehand. She said she didn’t get “up there” much - so didn’t know the state of some of the trails. But nonetheless she said shorts would be fine :-| Nope!

Otherwise, it was great. Pygmy Forest seemed like our West Coast version of Narnia. The prairie was something. Most of this trail is downhill after the 2 mile mark. The sounds of the nearby ocean and wind hitting the treetops was superb.

Given the other mediocre reviews, I’d suggest Alltrails to find a different loop in Salt Point. There’s plenty of better material to choose from. At the end, choosing between walking back via the PCH, through campsites or roughing the Powerline trail in its current state was not pleasant.

I think I found my new favorite hike. I started as others described: parked at Shell beach, took the Pomo side first, then came back on the Red Hill side. Lovely views, occasional shade and moderately difficult. I'll be back!

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