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Kortum Trail: Wright's Beach to Goat Rock & back (Moderate) 8+ miles

  • Jan 5, 2013 · 9:45 AM
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The Kortum Trail. Hike part of the Sonoma Coast State Beach!

Our Hike: This is a ‘there and back’ hike. Most guides I have found write about easy stretches of the Kortum Trail, many describing trail segments starting from Shell Beach and heading either north to Blind Beach or south Wright’s Beach, with fairly minimal elevation gain.

Instead, we will start at the south end at Wright’s Beach, head north past Shell Beach, and onward. The north terminus of the trail is generally listed as the bluffs 200 feet above Blind Beach. From there, we will take the (rough) trail down to Blind Beach for a lunch and some time to explore. If the tides allow for it, we will then take a 3/4 mile beach stroll up to Goat Rock Beach.

From beyond Goat Rock, we will take a gradual climb up the paved road from Goat Rock Beach, traversing along the high bluffs, rejoining our original trail at Blind Beach for our return south to our starting point.

Overall, when including Goat Rock Beach, this trek is about 9 miles. We do have a high elevation point of ‘Peaked Hill’ at 360 ft elevation, just south of Blind Beach. I am expecting to be on the trail (including lunch) for about 5 hours. With the climb up Peaked Hill each way, and a few other dips, we will end up with about 900 feet of elevation gain overall.

From the Guides: The state beach is actually a series of sandy beaches separated by rocky 100-foot bluffs and headlands. This rugged coast has secluded coves, reefs, tidepools, natural rock arches, sand dunes and wildflowers! This trail follows the coastline with some wandering over the inland wetlands. If you love the ocean than this hike is perfect for you!

This hike is not for beginning hikers or those newly returning to the trails due to the length and the total climb of 1000 feet.

Directions:

From Highway 1 and Highway 116 (just south of Jenner) cross the Russian River bridge on Hwy 1 to the Wright's Beach parking lot. There is a campground at Wright’s Beach, but we will meet in the gravel lot just above the beach at the entrance to the campground, just off the road. The lot is located 1.4 miles south of the Shell Beach turnoff at mile marker 16.8.

PARKING: Free Parking is somewhat limited at Wright’s Beach… Carpooling is highly recommended. Can probably squeeze in 6-8 or so cars in the area just in at the turnoff to Wright’s Beach. But we won’t be the only ones trying to park there - so we really want to fill up our cars. Additional cars will have to park in the ‘fee’ area for Wright’s Beach picnic and camping (will need $8 exact change to stuff in the slot).

Car pools below and as determined by participants. If you ride please give your driver a minimum of $5 to cover gas and car expenses. We want our drivers to feel appreciated.

Windsor Office Depot leaving at 8:40

Petaluma-Lucky at the intersection of Lakeville and Caulfield Ln. Park closest to Payran St. leave at 8:15

As always:

  • Please always check your email the night before just in case there are any necessary adjustments. This is especially important if there are any weather issues. Cancellations due to weather will be posted by 10pm the previous evening.
  • 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.
  • Wear comfortable hiking shoes with good rugged soles that are well broken in.
  • Duration: 4-5 hours
  • Facilities: The Wright's Beach campground is open, there are restrooms there, as well as at Shell Beach and at Goat Rock.
  • Dogs?: None allowed
  • Bring plenty of water. It is a long hike (8-9 miles), I suggest at least 2 liters of water.
  • Dress in layers. The weather at the coast in unpredictable!
  • Bring a snack/lunch. We will take a leisurely picnic break at Goat Rock beach.
  • Bring your smile and great attitude! We are ALL about trail enjoyment while respecting everyone’s time!
  • Once again, always try to car-pool if you can. If there is a noted car pool that is full or doesn’t work for you it would be wonderful if posted your own on the hike’s comments spot. If you are a rider than make sure to give your driver gas money as mentioned above.

See you on the trail!

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  • Martha G

    Another great hike with beautiful views as well as the people :) Loved it!!

    January 6, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Great people & conversations plus some good moderate exercise.

    January 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Just perfect.

    January 5, 2013

  • Kathie B.

    You are my sunshine, my only sunshine... : ))) A wonderful first Saturday hike of the year. So glad you all came out for it with the usual Wanderers fine spirit. Thanks for a great day, everyone!

    January 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Very nice hiking, good walk. Got back JUST in time to avoid rain. I just loved it,Wow ......Shall we do that again?

      January 5, 2013

  • Larry D.

    First, my apology to the group for our late arrival. Thank you Kathie, Andy and Stephanie for the pleasant hike even with the cool overcast weather. As always, the company was charming and ingaging, and I toast the the decision to end the hike with the changing of the weather. It is the begining of a fine new year.

    January 5, 2013

  • Stephanie

    Good company and enjoyed everything about our adventure!

    January 5, 2013

  • Skip (Dustin) H.

    Nice. Good conversations, good walk. Got back JUST in time to avoid a soaking rain.

    January 5, 2013

  • Marie-Noelle

    Michelle or Dustin, are you stopping by the Petaluma carpool on the way out?

    January 3, 2013

    • Marie-Noelle

      Hi Michelle, I'll meet you in Cotati at 8:30 am for a ride tomorrow unless the Cotati carpool is full. Thanks for letting me know!

      January 4, 2013

    • Michelle K.

      Great, see you in Cotati at 8:30. It's just us as far as I know!

      January 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I cannot make it. Changed my rsvp to no. Freeing up another spot.

    January 4, 2013

  • Dan R

    Am sick and have updated my RSVP, freeing up two spots. Happy Trails!

    January 4, 2013

  • Andy E.

    Nancy I hope Office Depot will be OK for you.

    January 4, 2013

  • Nancy

    Hey Windsor Carpool- why don't we meet downtown at Cafe Noto, instead? That way we can jet down to Eastside Rd. from there.

    January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would like to carpool from Santa Rosa. Anyone interested in joining me? We could meet at Coddingtown or another convenient location.

    January 3, 2013

  • Leigh

    Yippee! We have a great group signed up for this fantastic hike! I was hoping that you could update your RSVP's with the info of where you are car pooling from or if you intend to meet everyone at the trailhead. This REALLY HELPS! So far I know Andy will be at the Windsor Office Depot and Michelle will be at the Cotati park and ride (thanks Michelle for adding a car pool with all the needed info!). Thanks Brigitte, Diane, Marie-Noelle and Mary Ann for being on top of it!
    I hope you all have a great time!

    January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    If you are leaving Windsor Office Depot at 8:40 and Petaluma at 8:15, what time do you expect to meet at Wrights Beach?

    January 1, 2013

    • Leigh

      Appx. 5-10 min. before hike time

      January 3, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm coming from Sacramento and have room for 1 more. Will meet at the trailhead.

    January 1, 2013

  • Pam

    Hi Marlena- I live off of Stony Point near Millbrae, and I'd like to carpool with you. Is the coffee shop you're referring to "Henny Penny's"? I'll send you an email as well- Thank you, -Pam

    January 1, 2013

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