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.
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.
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.
- 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
PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 8:00
WINDSOR-Office Depot parking lot (6400 Hembree Ln #100 Windsor) to leave by 8:15