Sonoma Coast State Park

This approximately 8-mile hike on the Kortum trail will take us from Wright’s Beach to Goat Rock and back. Overall it is a gentle trail with a total elevation gain about 900’. The trail takes us to a series of sandy beaches separated by rocky bluffs.  We will probably have lunch at Blind Beach. From there, if the tide allows, we will take a beach stroll to Goat Rock Beach. Low tide is at 11:00 Saturday and high tide is at 5:30, so this might work. If you like the ocean, this is the hike for you. As with all state parks, dogs are not allowed.

Getting there:

·  From 101, take Railroad Avenue exit (north of Petaluma, south of Rohnert Park), turn left on W Railroad Ave

·  2nd Right on Stony Point Rd, drive 1.7 miles

·  Left on Roblar Rd, drive 6.5 miles

·  Right on Valley Ford Rd, drive 5.5 miles

·  Merge with Hwy 1 North, drive 14.1 miles

·  Left into Wrights Beach parking lot, near mile marker 16.8

Meet in the small gravel lot above the beach, near the entrance to the campground. This small, free lot has a limited number of spaces, so carpooling is recommended. If this lot is full, you can park in the fee area for Wright’s Beach picnic and camping (bring $8 exact change).

Link to park brochure: http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/451/files/SonomaCoastWebBrochure2012.pdf

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  • Susan M.

    Thanks Deborah, Another well planned hike. Of course the weather and good company also made for a great day! I so appreciate the group's positive attitude that accomodates a variety of fitness levels.

    1 · October 9, 2013

  • Deborah

    I can't recall a more glorious day along the Northern California coast. Great weather and great company.

    October 6, 2013

    • Suzanne F

      Completely agreed! It was just delightful ... SO gorgeous and a fun group of women

      1 · October 6, 2013

  • Valerie K.

    I am sorry i must cancel this beautiful hike. I had a reservation at the Pt Reyes Youth Hostel because i knew i would not be on time if i had to drive 2 hours... just not an early riser... and the new hike is still over 1 1/2 hours drive time. I know i just can't rise early enough to make it.

    October 5, 2013

  • Anne

    I'm sorry I have to cancel. I'm off to a great hiking vacation in 2 weeks and have too much to do to get ready. I hope to rejoin this group when I return in mid-November.

    October 4, 2013

    • Deborah

      Enjoy your trip. I look forward to hearing about it when you return.

      October 4, 2013

  • Susan T.

    Thanks Deborah for finding an alternative - it looks wonderful! See you tomorrow.

    October 4, 2013

  • Sheila

    Too bad about Tomales Point Trail closure - was looking forward to this. I won't be able to join the group at the coast, but look forward to another hike soon.

    October 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    looks wonderful and I love the coast. I'm too tired though so I'm not going to be able to go afterall. I hope there are more coastal hikes in the future.

    October 4, 2013

  • Suzanne F

    Yay! One of my favorites!

    October 4, 2013

  • Lynne P.

    This sounds beautiful, Deborah but I won't becable to make it after all. Looking forward to the next time.

    October 3, 2013

  • Deborah

    Since I cannot confirm that Tomales Point Trail will be accessible while Point Reyes is closed, I am postponing that hike for another time. This replacement hike comes highly recommended.

    1 · October 3, 2013

  • Deborah

    Thanks to the Tea Party, Point Reyes is currently closed. If the government shut down does not end by Friday morning, I will post an alternate hike at Sonoma Coast State Park. The length of the hike and driving time from the Bay Area will be about the same as Tomales Point. Given the weather forecast, it should be a perfect day to be on the coast.

    October 2, 2013

    • Judy K.

      How can all of Pt. Reyes be closed? It's huge! With trailheads off of roads everywhere from Bolinas all the way up to the tip to Tomales Point?

      October 2, 2013

    • Deborah

      No, they can't block access to the whole park, but if they close Pierce Point Road, it would be a long walk to the trailhead.

      October 2, 2013

  • Judy K.

    I would love to go. Pt. Reyes is one of my favorite places in the whole world. But I have to leave Fairfield at 4 p.m. for a VERY fun engagement in Sacramento.

    September 29, 2013

  • Christine O.

    So sorry I can't make it after all; I'll be out of town as it turns out. Hope this hike comes up again soon; it's such a great one!

    September 29, 2013

  • Delaney H.

    I'm sorry to miss this hike I'm thinking 2
    Saturdays in a row getting up and driving
    The distance is too much, see you in Napa this Sat.
    Someone can have my spot for this one.

    September 26, 2013

  • Christine O.

    I hope I make it off the waitlist. I haven't done this hike for years; it's one of my all time favorites!

    September 15, 2013

  • Suzanne F

    Happy to be doing this hike again. One of my favorites this summer and I haven't yet made it out to the point.

    September 11, 2013

  • Bonnie D.

    I've done this hike and it's fantastic. But I'll be at Tarantula Fest that day.

    September 11, 2013

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