Summer Solstice - Shell Beach to Pomo Canyon ! 7 miles moderate

Hike Pomo Canyon Trail to the Pomo Environmental Campground, appx. 7 miles, 700 feet of elevation gain each way. This is billed as one of the most beautiful hikes on the Sonoma Coast. Groves of Redwood and Fir are spotted along an otherwise open trail with views of the rugged Sonoma Coast, Russian River and former pasture lands of the coastal hills. We'll start the hike from the coast and head east toward the Pomo Canyon Environmental Campground.  When we reach the campground we will wander along the stream up to check out the waterfall.  Then we will climb out of Pomo Canyon and up to Red Hill for lunch. There we'll have a quick lunch/snack before we take head down the gorgeous hillside with expansive views of the ocean.

Park in the free Shell Beach Parking lot. To get there travel from Guerneville out 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. Meetup Time at the Trailhead: 9:30 am

Difficulty: Moderate (Although the hike is relatively short, there is 700 feet of elevation gain each direction on this hike for a total of total 1,400 feet).



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 trailhead

Dogs?: none allowed on trail

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 always have a break at a scenic spot about half way. 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 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'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 8:15

WINDSOR-Office Depot parking lot (6400 Hembree Ln #100 Windsor) to leave by 8:30

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  • Gerald S.

    I had a great time hiking with this frolicking group of Wanderers. It was a perfect day for the outing, and the views and foliage never disappointed. Thank you, Kathie, for leading us on this fun, fun, fun Summer Solstice hike!

    June 23

  • Katherine C.

    That was a wonderful hike and I really appreciate you making it possible. I too was one of the people that left early and I sincerely apologize. I was just so very cold and uncomfortable. I'll bring a jacket in the future- NOT a cotton shirt! Also thanks for the macaroons, they are one of my favorites.

    June 22

  • Margaret

    I had forgotten what a beautiful hike this is. Thank you Kathy for being willing to lead, and you did a wonderful job, not an easy job with so many on the hike. Kathy, I apologize because I believe that I was one who headed away from the top to an area where we had eaten before when it was windy. Communication is always important. Lesson learned.
    Anyway, thanks again-had a great time, and it would not have been possible without your gracious leadership!

    3 · June 22

    • Kathy S.

      Many of us can't let you take this on by yourself, Margaret. A group of us learned a valuable lesson, especially showing respect for our amazing Organizers!

      2 · June 22

    • Chris

      Nicely said Margaret, good job :)

      June 22

  • Julie

    Another great Wanderers hike!

    June 22

  • Nancy

    A nice way to start the summer. Thanks Kathie!

    2 · June 22

  • Kathie B.

    It was great to see everyone and thanks for braving the suddenly blustery weather up on Red Hill!

    2 · June 22

  • Laura

    Thanks so much for organizing such a wonderful hike! What great weather we had and a nice group of people !

    2 · June 22

  • Lynda K.

    And Kathie had not only brownies but macaroons for us , plus her wonderful smile!

    1 · June 22

  • Lynda K.

    Loved the hike. Great leadership. Too many hikers???

    1 · June 22

  • Ken

    One of my favorite hikes...thanks Kathie for leading this one!

    1 · June 22

  • Richard M

    Kudos to Kathie for leading this wonderful hike today. But I must comment on something I have not seen before. As Kathie reached the top of Red Hill (a trail junction) nearly 2/3 of the group was already heading towards the fern tree, maybe looking for shelter for lunch. Kathie expressed that she did not know where everyone was going. What happened to waiting at junctions?
    But more distressing, close to 3/4 of the gang hiked away from lunch early. Kathie and others of us were wondering what was going on. Some headed off the back way to get down Red Hill, following someone who didn't know the planned route. Others were heading down the front route before Kathie was packed up from lunch. If the group is cold, communicate so, please do not mutiny.
    Kathie leads few hikes, and I know that she feels she did something wrong today. Please respect the Wanderers simple rules, and support those that take the time to plan and organize our hikes. – Richard

    4 · June 21

    • Leigh

      Thank you SO much Richard for the support for Kathie. I had asked Kathie to do this hike for all of you and it makes me sad that it seems like she didn't receive the normal Wanderer respect.

      2 · June 21

  • laura t.

    one of my favorite hikes, great to see friends old and new....thanks Kathie for making it possible

    1 · June 21

  • Ginny

    Thanks for a wonderful hike !

    1 · June 21

  • Stan S.

    Great way to kick of the official beginning of Summer. Thanks Kathie!

    1 · June 21

  • Trish

    What a great solstice celebration with everyone! Thanks, Kathie, and wandering friends!

    1 · June 21

  • Kathy S.

    Thanks again Kathy, Andy and Wanderers for a fun coastal hike! Layers, layers, layers - one of these days I'll get that dialed in when hiking by the ocean :0

    1 · June 21

  • John H.

    Delightful hike full of Lauras and of course beautiful Pomo Canyon. One of my favorite coastal hikes. Thanks to Kathy and all for a fun day.

    1 · June 21

  • Lindsay M.

    beautiful even with the cold fog

    1 · June 21

  • Kevin H.

    Fine until it got too cold

    1 · June 21

  • Amy H.

    This is a nice short easy hike that offers gorgeous views and an opportunity to see friends. Thank you Kathy

    1 · June 21

  • Ron L.

    Enjoyed the 14 miler at Pt Reyes. But developed a small blister so will miss the Pomo trail this Saturday. Have fun and will see you next week on the trail.

    June 21

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry for the last minute cancellation. Ihope everyone enjoys the hike.

    June 21

  • Lindsay M.

    I will be carpooling from the Santa Rosa location. I can drive tho I can only fit one more person in my car.

    June 19

  • John H.

    Driving Stony Point to Roblar to Valley Ford, Anyone Cotati/Rohnert Park need to carpool. Meet up at the Shell Beach parking lot.

    June 20

  • Nancy

    Healdsburg or Windsor carpool anyone?

    June 18

  • Lynda K.

    Anyone want to carpool from Sebastopol reply here. French Garden parking lot. Bodega and Pleasant Hill. 0845

    June 16

    • Kathy S.

      I'll be there, too.

      June 18

    • Katherine C.

      Hello, great to carpool from there, I have a small Kia but can hold 4 reasonably comfortably.

      1 · June 18

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