HIKE: Pomo Canyon, Sonoma Coast, 6-ish miles, 700 ft of climbing each way

  • June 26, 2011 · 9:45 AM
  • This location is shown only to members

Hike Pomo Canyon Trail to the Pomo Environmental Campground, 6-ish miles, 700 feet of elevation gain each way.

Note: Depending on what short side trips we might take, this hike could be up to 8 miles and a little more elevation gain.

This is billed as one of the most beautiful hikes on the Sonoma Coast. Groves of Redwood and Fir are spotted along an otherwise open trail with views of the rugged Sonoma Coast, Russian River and former pasture lands of the coastal hills.

We'll start the hike from the coast and head east toward the Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground. After we summit the highest pint the trail, we quickly descend Pomo Canyon to the campground. There we'll have a quick lunch before we take the steep climb west, retracing our footsteps to the coast.

Meetup Time at the Trailhead: 9:45 am (we hike at 9:55). 

Difficulty: Moderate (Although the hike is relatively short, there is 700 feet of elevation gain each direction on this hike for a total of total 1,400 feet).

Duration: About about 4 hours

Lunch: Pack a lunch and maybe something to share

Shoes: Hiking boots or a good pair of trail shoes

Clothing: There's likely to be patches of Poison Oak. I'm wearing lightweight hiking pants. Dress in layers as it could be cold and foggy in the morning hours.

PETALUMA CARPOOL, 8:30 (depart at 8:35): Meet at Starbucks near Kmart, 205 North MacDowell Blvd (Park behind Burger King). Please donate a few bucks to the driver for gas.

OTHER CARPOOLS: If you want to carpool from another city, make a comment on your RSVP. Say the exact time, and exact location, you want to meet. Note that it takes about 1 hour from Santa Rosa, and about 1-1/2 hours from Novato to get to the trailhead.

PARKING: Park at the Shell Beach free parking area along highway-1.

TRAIL MAP:
http://www.stewardsofthecoastandredwoods.org/pdf/wc_trailmap.pdf

Hope to see you on this hike...

Marv, SCO Organizer

 

 

 

Join or login to comment.

  • Mary

    The Pomo Canyon hike was awesome, the group was great and the weather couldn't have been any nicer. I apologize for being slow - the 700 ft climb each way was steeper than I envisioned!!

    June 27, 2011

  • Marv

    What a fabulous place for a quick day hike. We started at Shell Beach and headed up the trail toward Pomo Canyon, but first we had to climb from sea level to the top of the hill... a bit of a grind for the beginning of the hike, but all handled it well. Once at the top of the hill, the path was moderate ups and downs thru grasses and wildflowers, with a few patches of densely wooded redwood groves. Dipping down now, we headed to Pomo Canyon Campground for the use of a couple of picnic tables under the canopy of redwoods for lunch. The temperature here was probably a full 20 degrees cooler that the open fields at the top of the hill. On the return portion, a few of us optioned for Red Hill Trail and peaked the summit for a view of the ocean and rolling hills. We forged a trail back to the main trail and headed back toward Pomo Canyon Trail to meet up with the others waiting at the junction. A quick walk down to Shell Beach and we were done. Thanks for the hike everyone!

    June 26, 2011

  • Barbara L.

    I would have loved this hike, but I knew I would be dancing way too late the night before to get up so early. Next time, hopefully!

    June 26, 2011

  • Marv

    Thains Nick! Always appreciate the knowledge of the more experienced hikers out there...

    June 20, 2011

  • nick k.

    FYI... There is no parking fee at the Shell Beach parking area

    June 20, 2011

9 went

Our Sponsors

  • SCO is self-supported!

    SCO is a self-supported. We only want your friendship and camaraderie.

Sometimes the best Meetup Group is the one you start

Get started Learn more
Katie

I'm surprised by the level of growth I've seen since becoming an organizer, it's given me more confidence in my abilities.

Katie, started NYC ICO

Sign up

Meetup members, Log in

By clicking "Sign up" or "Sign up using Facebook", you confirm that you accept our Terms of Service & Privacy Policy