Shell Beach to Red Hill via Pomo Canyon Trail (MODERATE) 5 miles moderate

This is a shorter version than our regular hike as we are forgoing the trek down to the Pomo Canyon Campground.

We will hike Pomo Canyon Trail to the intersection of the Red Hill and then head up to Red Hill for lunch and great views of the Sonoma coastline and mouth of the Russian River.

The path used to be an ancient trading route of the Pomo and Miwok people. Lot's of history here! The hike offers panoramic vistas of the lower Russian River, Willow Creek, the town of Jenner and of course the rugged coastline! It's 5 miles with an elevation gain of appx. 1000 ft of altitude gain.

We start out at the Shell Beach parking area, and head east across highway 1. A short but firm climb will take us above the coast and Russian river where we traverse through varied forests and open scrub. Normally we head down into the campground but due to July heat we are going to head up to the top of Red Hill to enjoy our lunch with a cooling breeze!

The top of Red Hill is very grassy.  If the weather is good inland, even if foggy on the coast, Red Hill can be above the fog, leaving us to bask in the sun, so bring a big floppy hat if the sun bothers you! After having lunch and gazing at the views we head directly down the west side of Red Hill back to the parking lot.

Details

If coming from 101 and River Rd, or up 116, Head to Guerneville and continue to Highway One on Highway 116. After the 116 hits route one (just south of Jenner) cross the Russian River Bridge and continue 1.6 miles south to the posted Shell Beach parking lot on your right.

: http://trailhead.blogs.pressdemocrat.com/12138/shell-beach-to-pomo-canyon/

 

 

Please read and be familiar with the guidelines of the group as listed below.  It’s important before you come on a Wanderer hike that you agree and are prepared with the following.

As always:

  • We combine enjoyment of the trail with respect for everyone’s time.   A steady pace and we just keep going!  If you are in the lead you will end up waiting at trail junctions.  If you are in the back you will be asked to do your best to keep up with the group and at waiting points the group may move on as soon as you are within sight.  Our pace averages 2.5mph.  We do get separated from time to time as everyone walks their own pace but please bear in mind that you will need to be able to stay within a reasonable distance from the group.  Make sure this is something you are prepared for and would enjoy
  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments to the hike details.  Cancellations or any adjustments will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
  • TO BRING: YOU! glorious hiker person you – dying to hit the trails and laugh, talk, sweat and enjoy in a group of like minded Wanderers… Oh yeah, and you should always bring your hiking safety essentials, layered clothing, water and food appropriate to the outing as mentioned below. 
  • RSVP etiquette must be followed. Only RSVP when you can commit to attend. Once you have RSVP'd if you have an emergency that means you have to cancel please change your RSVP by 5pm the prior day. This will avoid a "no-show" reflecting on your participation history. Over 3 "no-shows" might mean we have to excuse you from the group. We try very hard to respect each other in this group.
  • Give yourself time to find the trail head so that you arrive prior to the scheduled time.  That is the time we head out on the trail.  It would be disappointing to miss having you on the hike due to late arrival.  You will be left behind if you are not ready to head out at the hike start time.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 4 hours
  • Facilities: at trail head
  • Dogs?: none allowed
  • Bring plenty of water.  More than one bottle is usually a good idea.
  • Dress in layers.  The hike starts off cool but rapidly warms up.
  • Bring a snack.  We have lunch at the top of Red Hill or under the Fern Tree depending on the weather
  • Bring your smile and great attitude!  We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!
  •  

Car pool etiquette- First and foremost....come prepared to drive. Yes.....I know.....a lot of you are trying to car pool because you don't want to or can't drive for whatever reason. I don't want you to be disappointed, so if you can't drive please be aware that you might not be able to join the hike. There is alwaysthat risk if you are counting on others to be your transportation. There may be no others wanting to car pool from your selected location or there might be a lot of people and everyone might want to ride. You might arrive late, be in the wrong spot or get stopped by a swarm of your paparazzi...come prepared to drive to the trail head if you want to hike! If we have a gang wanting to ride we determine who gets the rider seats by who has most recently been a driver in the past. This is worked out based by who shows up at the car pool location. We can't guarantee anyone a seat because we never know until that day who will show up. We do our best to work it out and make everyone happy but we need everyone to pitch in and help make it work! General rule of thumb for riders...$5 one hour or less to trailhead $8 over one hour to trailhead Please insist your driver accept the money. It's to cover more than gas money...it's the wear and tear on the vehicle. We like to take care of our drivers! Then PLEASE if possible try to use the locations below. The more locations we have the less effective we are and it's so much more complicated. Exceptions would be if you are not close any designated location.

Car pool locations:

 

 

SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:15

http://goo.gl/maps/dBMKd

PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:00

http://goo.gl/maps/xA0qm 

 

WINDSOR-Office Depot parking lot  (6400 Hembree Ln #100 Windsor) to leave by 8:15

http://goo.gl/maps/tF0gV

  

 

 



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  • Leigh

    How fun! It was perfect....5 miles was such a great length after a big day like the 4th of July. The weather and company were just stunning!! Thank you!!

    1 · July 6, 2013

  • Sylvia M.

    Beautiful day, great views, and great company. Love the bar photos. Thank you Leigh.

    July 5, 2013

  • L

    Good. Thx for organizing

    July 5, 2013

  • Stephanie B.

    Loved this day with everyone there, and hearing Stacey and Sylvia sing at the end was wonderful! Thanks Leigh!

    July 5, 2013

  • Hank F.

    Lunch on Red Hill....alfresco dining at it's best.

    July 5, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    A great way to beat the heat! And such wonderful views in all directions.

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am sorry, but won't be able to make it this morning. Enjoy!

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to make it this morning. Enjoy! charlene light

    July 5, 2013

  • Nancy

    Office depot

    July 5, 2013

  • Andy E.

    I'll be at Office Depot in Windsor

    July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be at Coddingtown in a red Ford Bronco.

    July 4, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry, thought this hike was for Saturday, won't be able to make it on a Friday.

      July 4, 2013

  • Arlene P.

    Petaluma car pool

    June 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    We would like a ride from office depot in windsor. I will be there at 8:15. this is my first walk with the wanderers. really looking forward to it. thanks

    July 4, 2013

    • Gary F.

      I'll be at Office Depot too. See ya then.

      1 · July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got too much sun today

    July 4, 2013

  • Elaine d.

    Shoot! I hate to miss this hike! It's one of my favorites...but I think I better nurse this cranky ankle of mine.....

    July 4, 2013

  • laura t.

    blisters for me today as well, guess I need to be a little more thorough when transitioning from sandy feet to shoes and boots! .......will not do this hike, hope to be back on track for Salt Point

    July 4, 2013

  • Kathy

    New blisters I need to rest... :(

    July 4, 2013

  • Jonelle F.

    Hurt my foot worse luck!!

    July 4, 2013

  • Gary F.

    I'll be a Coddingtown unless there is a Windsor carpool happening, and I can drive from either if need be.

    July 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Got company in town

    July 4, 2013

  • Gloria C.

    I have to wait for a darn refrigerator repairman. :( So sad to miss this one!

    July 4, 2013

  • JoAnn B.

    I am sorry....please take me off the hike.

    July 2, 2013

  • Philip T.

    leaaving for southern california

    June 30, 2013

  • JoAnn B.

    if i get off waitlist....i would do River Rd. and drive

    June 27, 2013

  • Shawna

    My +1 is Joe, who is a member

    June 17, 2013

  • Krista

    just got a fulltime job landscaping for Traditional Medicinals so I'll be in nature, but scheduled. I'm sorry to have to miss it.

    June 16, 2013

  • Shirley D.

    I will meet at Coddingtown.

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm looking forward to some group hikes and exploring some new trails.

    June 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone that can carpool from Sonoma Valley would be welcome.

    June 13, 2013

  • Cynthia R.

    My husband John will join us

    June 10, 2013

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