**Warning...please read trail description. This trail is not for everyone! A little of the "ADVENTURER" gene is needed to enjoy this one!
Salt Point is a gem. 7-8 miles along the splashing bluff while you will meander along an old and half forgotten trail. At times it will be almost like a treasure hunt to follow the trail because it isn't maintained anymore. You'll climb over rocks, under logs, make your way through overgrown brush (including poison oak) while you will be marveling at how gorgeous this trail is! You'll rock hop and scramble and be blown by the ocean breezes...don't expect a good hair day! Why more people are not out there is a mystery to me!
Although there is not much altitude gain (probably around 400 ft) this hike is not an easy one due to the condition of the trail. At times the footing is tricky and erosion on the trail makes it difficult to maneuver in many different places. Although this trail is charming it is NOT for everyone. Anyone looking for a well maintained trail would be disappointed and probably would not enjoy themselves. BUT....If you like a bit of adventure, thrashing through the prickly brush and crawling under fallen trees then this is a trip for you! There are even a few small waterfalls falling over the bluff into the ocean...reminiscent of a mini Alamere Falls!
Directions: Travel to Jenner on Hwy 116. From the junction of Hwy 116 and Route 1 travel north 19 miles (30-35 minutes) to the entrance of Salt Point Campground on your LEFT. Turn left into campground and proceed down towards the water to the Gerstle Cove Day Use Area. It is the parking lot closest to the water and the road ends at the parking lot. There is a bathroom there.
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.
- 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 lunch and some wine. We have a break after we reach Sentinel Rock.
- Bring your smile and great attitude! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!
See you on the trail!
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 always that 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 three 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 to any of the locations.
Car pool locations:
SANTA ROSA: Coddingtown Mall parking lot in front of the Coddingtown library to leave by 8:10
PETALUMA-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. suggested leave by 7:50
WINDSOR-Office Depot parking lot
(6400 Hembree Ln #100 Windsor) to leave by 8:15