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Kortum Trail from Wright's Beach

The Kortum Trail begins at the upper parking lot at Wright's Beach and continues along the bluffs just prior to Goat Rock.  Wildflowers are still blooming on the coast this time of the year and the views can be stunning.  Most of the walk is flat with some moderate ups and downs.  

It's approximately 3.5 miles one way, so 7 miles round trip.  Shell Beach has a restroom (hole in the ground) and the beach is a lovely place to walk on the sand.  There's also a labyrinth nearby on the bluff.  

Bring water, sunscreen and a hat.  It can be cold, foggy or warm, so layered clothes are advisable.  Bring a lunch and we'll eat on the bluff when we're hungry.  Trekking poles can be useful for the ups and downs.  

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.

For more information:  http://www.parks.ca.gov/pages/451/files/SONOMACOASTSB.pdf



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  • Joya H

    Here's the recipe, it's vegan!

    http://happyherbivore.com/recipe/chocolate-zucchini-muffins/

    Notes: I use 2-3 zucchinis, grated, mixed with 1 tbsp sugar and set in a strainer over a bowl for about 30 minutes then squeeze the remaining liquid out before mixing the batter together. ½ cup of sweetener is plenty. I used coconut sugar, but probably honey or agave would work well. I'm going to use a gluten free flour next.

    Rather than muffins, I use a 2 tbsp scoop and bake on a parchment paper lined baking sheet for 10 minutes.

    July 20, 2014

  • jeanne

    yes Joya thanks for the yummy treat

    July 22, 2014

  • Rose

    Beautiful day on the coast, great company all the way around....

    1 · July 21, 2014

  • Joya H

    Great day of hiking on our world class scenic coast! Such a fun group of folks, it worked out with people starting from different places, going as far as we each wanted to. Thanks for the good job organizing, Dianne.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • jeanne

    great walk,thanks for the company

    July 20, 2014

  • Ess H.

    Great!!

    July 20, 2014

  • Dianne H.

    Perfect weather for a 6.5 mile walk for those that started at Wrights Beach. It was fun meeting up with the rest of the group here and there. Pretty flowers including 2 orchids. Thank you Joya for the zucchini-chocolate-chip muffin tops and Mimi for the apples.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Rosa W.

    Great hike!! Thank you to Diane for being a great leader and flower identifier!

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • mike c.

    exellent! some of the most beautiful scenery in the world!

    July 20, 2014

  • Peri

    Sorry I missed it Google map took me someplace else.

    July 20, 2014

  • Joya H

    John W, susan and Joya are just leaving R ROAD PARK AND RIDE now 9:06.

    July 20, 2014

  • Rose

    Forgot to add: Those waiting to walk north from Shell Beach, don't need to be there right at 10, of course.

    July 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will just wait at Shell Beach for the rest of the group.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • mike c.

    welcome barbara...mc

    July 20, 2014

  • Rose

    Sounds like 9 people meeting at Shell Beach at this time. I didn't realize it was that many. I know those in our car talked about leaving Shell Beach around 10 and head towards the group coming from Wrights Beach. I don't know if that's what Jo-Ann, Ess, Lynn, Suzanne and Mini had planned, or if they are waiting to walk north when the group arrives at Shell Beach..... Would be good to know in advance. Thanks.

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Count me in to meet at Shell Beach, too!

    July 20, 2014

    • Dianne H.

      Thanks for letting me know, Jo-Ann!

      July 20, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'll meet you @ Shell Beach parking lot @ 1000. Looking forward to hike with you all. Mini

    July 20, 2014

    • Dianne H.

      Thanks for letting me know, Mini!

      July 20, 2014

  • Ess H.

    I am also meeting you all at Shell Beach, Dianne.

    July 20, 2014

    • Dianne H.

      Thanks for letting me know, Ess.

      July 20, 2014

  • Barbara S.

    Thanks Mike and Rose. I'll see you at the Sebastopol Park N' Ride!

    July 20, 2014

  • Dianne H.

    Good Morning! It looks like 19 SWAGGERS are coming. I have 5 starting at Shell Beach: Lynn, Rose, Suzanne, Mike and Barbara. 3 carpooling from River Road: Joya, Susan and John. Everyone else is meeting at Wrights Beach. If you decide to cancel, please remove your name off the RSVP list. My phone number is[masked]-4079. We will try to leave as close to 10:00 as possible. Forecast is cloudy all day. Looking forward to seeing everyone!

    July 20, 2014

  • Dianne H.

    LET ME KNOW: Who is carpooling from River Road, who is meeting at Shell Beach and who is meeting at Wrights Beach? Thank you! It may be foggy, so dress in layers. Dianne

    July 19, 2014

    • Lynn

      I will meet the group at Shell Beach at 10am

      July 19, 2014

    • Dianne H.

      Thank you!

      July 20, 2014

  • Barbara S.

    Hi Rose, do you have room in your carpool (to Shell Beach) for one more? If so, when and where are you carpooling from?

    July 19, 2014

    • mike c.

      Good evening Barbara. .according to rose it's near the roundtable pizza and hop monk tavern..it's the park and ride. .If there is a problem tomorrow (if you don't have roses number)..mine is 696-1840..see you in the am..mc

      July 19, 2014

    • Rose

      These are directions coming into town on hwy 12: take a left at the light onto S. Main St. The parking lot will be on your left on the corner of Burnett and S. Main St. It's just one block from the light.

      July 19, 2014

  • Joya H

    Okay, I'm in. I will be at the RR PnR at 9. I'm a non-driver, but I will chip in for the gas. Maybe get a ride from John? I'd like to do the full hike, from Wright's Beach.

    July 19, 2014

    • John W.

      Glad to have you on board Joya

      July 19, 2014

    • Susan G.

      May I ride with you too? Be at RR at 9. Thanks! (Also want to do full hike.)

      July 19, 2014

  • wendy

    I'll actually be at Portuguese Beach at 11 .....Is that near you guys?

    July 19, 2014

    • Rose

      Portuguese Beach is about 3 beaches south of Wright's :)

      1 · July 19, 2014

  • John W.

    Will be at the PG&E lot at 9am for carpooling.

    July 19, 2014

  • mike c.

    thank you for the heads up on the traffic situation dianne..mc

    1 · July 19, 2014

  • Susan G.

    I'll be at the River Road carpool. Are you guys coming to River Road after you hook up in Rohnert Park?

    July 19, 2014

    • Dianne H.

      I think we are going through Bodega Bay.

      July 19, 2014

  • Dianne H.

    Traffic Alert: If you are taking River Road or Hwy. 116, be aware that Duncans Mills is having their big Civil War Days this weekend, starting at 9:00, so there may be some congestion going through there.

    July 19, 2014

  • Dorothy s.

    Anyone want to carpool from Rohnert Park?

    July 17, 2014

  • Barbara S.

    I like Rose's idea of starting at Shell Beach and walking towards the group coming up from Wright's beach, to make it a slightly shorter round-trip overall. Anyone want to carpool with me from the River Rd park n' ride?

    July 17, 2014

    • Rose

      Barbara, so far Mike, Jeanne & I are planning to start out from Shell Beach towards Wrights Beach around 10:00.

      July 17, 2014

  • mike c.

    And starting at shell beach is fine..

    July 15, 2014

  • mike c.

    Rose..I'll pick you up at 9:30..jeannie is coming and possibly my friend bob..

    July 15, 2014

  • Dianne H.

    Who is carpooling from River Road/PG&E Park & Ride?

    July 15, 2014

    • Dianne H.

      Maybe about 9:15?

      July 15, 2014

    • Susan G.

      Sounds good. See you there after 9:00, we can leave by 9:15.

      July 15, 2014

  • Dianne H.

    OPTIONS: For those who feel that the entire 7 miles is too much, there are options you may take. I'm only planning on going to the big rock, across from Peaked Hill. That's before you come to Blind Beach. This is 7 miles round trip. If that's too far, find someone to shuttle with you and park a car at Blind Beach. That way you get to hike the entire length, but only have to hike 3.9 miles.

    Another option is to park at Shell Beach and meet us there and continue with us to Peaked Hill. This cuts off the 3.2 miles round trip from Wrights Beach to Shell Beach and you will only be hiking 3.8 miles round trip.

    July 15, 2014

    • Rose

      mike, how do you feel about starting at Shell Beach and walking towards the group to meet them?

      July 15, 2014

    • Rosa W.

      Hi Diane, I plan on doing the whole 7 miles from Wrights Beach. I'll be coming from Petaluma. If anyone needs a ride, let me know.

      July 15, 2014

  • Rose

    I am thinking of doing a modified walk, but haven't quite figured it out. To the question about carpooling, I live in Sebastopol and would be happy to ride out with someone coming on HWY 12....However my car is not so reliable that I am able to reciprocate, but could give a few dollars for gas...

    July 15, 2014

    • mike c.

      yes i am..what time shall i be there?

      July 15, 2014

    • Rose

      I was thinking 9:30 if we want to start walking around the same time as the others

      July 15, 2014

  • Dianne H.

    Please let me know if you are meeting at Wright's Beach or if you are carpooling and from where and what time. Thanks!

    July 15, 2014

  • Susan G.

    Looking forward to the hike! Anyone want to carpool from Santa Rosa? Not familiar with the PG&E P&R on River Road, but can find it. I'm on the East side near Brush Creek and Hwy 12.

    July 14, 2014

    • Dianne H.

      Take 101 North, exit River Road/Mark West, get in left lane, cross over overpass and you will see the PG&E towers and a parking lot on the right. See you there!

      July 14, 2014

    • Susan G.

      Great! What time?

      July 14, 2014

  • Ess H.

    I've been looking forward to this one... One of my favorite places, I'm usually alone here, although I usually begin at Shell Beach so it will be nice to start at Wright's. And much nicer to share it with others!!

    1 · July 14, 2014

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