Hike Red Hill
San Francisco › Pomo Canyon Trailhead
Added by Ali Van Houten
This loop hike leads to 360-degree views and picture-perfect picnicking.
Park in the Shell Beach parking lot, north of Bodega Bay proper but just south of Goat Rock State Beach on Highway 1. Cross the road to pick up the Dr. David C. Joseph Memorial Trail heading up away from the ocean. Follow the trail, staying right toward Red Hill. (The trail forks off down Pomo Canyon, which is another nice day hike although it lacks the views offered by Red Hill.) The path winds up around the hillside, through a gorgeous grove of Redwoods and tops out on Red Hill. You'll be rewarded with 360-degree views of the Russian River mouth, Jenner, the Pacific ocean and Pomo Canyon.
Pull out your camera and picnic on the summit, then continue on the trail: it will take you on a loop back to the bottom where you parked. While you hike, keep your eyes open for wildflowers as well as wildlife such as White-tailed Deer, Red-tailed Hawks, badgers and more. Afterward, scamper down the stairs to Shell Beach and wade in the refreshingly cold saltwater while you try to spot some seals!
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This was a great hike for the ADD crowd (me.) The terrain varies, including an all-of-a-sudden redwood grove. Actually two! It wasn't a difficult hike. Well. It wouldn't have been difficult when I was still in shape. But I'm not so I was huffin'. The view from the top of the loop was beautiful, but we'd already stopped to eat our apples on the tree/bench just inside the first redwood grove, because I needed some shade! After: a couple ciders and fish n chips at The Birds Cafe.
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