Sonoma County, California

Hike Red Hill

5.6 Miles Total - Loop Trail

Originally 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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Great trail with nice views!

Great semi-loop trail with nice views!

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