Pomo Canyon to Red Hill and Back

This 4 1/2 mile loop trail to Red Hill takes you through an exposed landscape of grasslands and chaparral, providing beautiful views of Bodega Head on the coast and Willow Creek inland.  

We will meet at the Shell Beach parking lot at 10:00, cross over Hwy. 1 and take the Red Hill trail to the top.  A hidden path takes you to the shelter of a redwood grove and a huge fir tree covered in ferns.  We will have our lunch in the shade of the trees, then return on the Pomo Canyon Trail, with a short detour to Lookout Hill for stunning views of the Russian River watershed out to Jenner. 

There is some moderate elevation gain and loose gravel on the road up to the intersection of the trails.  Trekking poles are recommended.  It can be windy, foggy or hot, so wear layers to be prepared for any type of weather.  Lots of water, sunscreen and a hat is also advised and bring a lunch.

Shell beach has free parking in the lot and restrooms.  Carpooling is a great idea.  If you are willing to drive and have extra room in your car, please let us know the best place to meet you.  Usual spots are the Petaluma and Rohnert Park P&R off Hwy. 101 and the PG&E P&R on River Road.

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  • Sherry L.

    Was a great hike. Nice weather and views

    July 7

    • Dianne H.

      Thanks for sharing the salt water taffy. It was delicious!

      July 7

  • Joya H

    Looks like it started out cool and foggy and then cleared up? I love that view of the river!

    July 6

    • Kendra

      The fog was there all day, Joya. Sort of in and out but on our side we had sun...hot sun. Wish you could have made it.

      July 6

  • Suzanne

    Nice photos! Kendra, now that you've made cookies once you know what that means!

    1 · July 6

    • Kendra

      Oh please don't count on more cookies. :)

      July 6

  • Jerry

    Very nice hike & a great group of people!

    July 6

  • Kendra

    Nice hike...thanks Dianne! Beautiful hike - great people.

    1 · July 6

  • Dianne H.

    Perfect weather, nice people, wonderful views, and awesome cookies, Kendra!

    July 6

  • patricia

    very nice, very sweet people

    1 · July 6

  • Gretchen W.

    Aaaargh-change in plans. Sorry to miss the coast on this hot day coming up!

    July 6

    • Dianne H.

      We're sorry, too. Hopefully next time.

      July 6

  • Dianne H.

    It looks like we have 12 going. I show Kendra, Jerry and Sherry meeting at River Road PGE P&R leaving by 9:15 at the latest and everyone else meeting at Shell Beach before 10:00. We will walk across the street to the trailhead at 10:00. Let me know if there are any changes or if you'll be late. You can text or call me at[masked], but I may not have cell phone access on the coast. See you all there! It sounds like a great day!

    July 6

  • Sherry L.

    I would like to meet for carpool. 9:00 or a little after.
    Sherry

    June 30

    • Dianne H.

      Sherry, are you still carpooling with Kendra and Jerry from River Road this morning? Let them know. Thanks.

      July 6

  • Beverly H.

    I can meet at PG&E P&R on River Road to carpool. Can drive.

    June 29

    • Jerry

      I will also be at the River Road carpool.

      June 30

    • nancy

      I cannot come. I have a terrible cough and cold.

      July 6

  • nancy

    Ok. No dog.

    July 5

  • nancy

    May I bring my small, non barking dog? Of course, I will bring a leash.

    July 4

    • Dianne H.

      Nancy, Kendra is correct. Pomo Canyon is part of the State Park System and dogs are not allowed on trails. Sorry.

      July 5

    • wendy

      good to know..I forgot about it being part of the state parks.

      July 5

  • wendy

    I forgot that I have to pick my daughter up from the airport..don't think I want to do that much driving in opposite directions today.

    July 4

  • Carl H. I.

    I'm going to have to see how I'm doing after Saturday's activity, so I'm unRSVPing.

    July 3

  • Beverly H.

    My son is coming home for the weekend. I rarely get to see him so am changing my RSVP to no. I like this hike so until next time.

    July 1

  • patricia

    i would like to carpool. i live in occidental, so i could pick people up downtown.

    June 29

  • nancy

    Sounds like a great hike. I am excited to finally get with this group. I have been waiting for my new hip to get acclimated.

    June 28

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