Kortum Trail to Russian River

Bodega Bay, California

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The fact that this section of the California Coastal Trail is tucked between two quaint Northern California communities, Bodega Bay and Jenner, is an added bonus. The panorama is classic rugged Sonoma coast along bluffs punctuated by coves and beaches at the edge of meadows. The mouth of the Russian River at the end of the hike is the scenic pièce de résistance. This is one of many highlights along Sonoma Coast State Park’s almost 20 miles of spectacular coastline. Named in the 1990s after veterinarian and dedicated environmentalist Bill Kortum, the dirt and grassy trail runs along the bluffs at the edge of the coastal prairie, with CA 1 visible in the distance on its way to the mouth of the Russian River. Both Goat Rock and the Russian River at the end of the trail are significant landmarks. If you’re not up to the entire length of this hike, there are several great perches for a picnic on this island of rock before going back to the trailhead the way you came. If you are going the distance, follow the trail up to the saddle and back down the other side. You can linger and scamper around the outcrop on the way back. You will have a great view of Goat Rock and Blind Beach from the top of this hill and all the way down to the paved road at 3.6 miles.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

The fact that this section of the California Coastal Trail is tucked between two quaint Northern California communities, Bodega Bay and Jenner, is an added bonus. The panorama is classic rugged Sonoma coast along bluffs punctuated by coves and beaches at the edge of meadows. The mouth of the Russian River at the end of the hike is the scenic pièce de résistance.

This is one of many highlights along Sonoma Coast State Park’s almost 20 miles of spectacular coastline. Named in the 1990s after veterinarian and dedicated environmentalist Bill Kortum, the dirt and grassy trail runs along the bluffs at the edge of the coastal prairie, with CA 1 visible in the distance on its way to the mouth of the Russian River. Both Goat Rock and the Russian River at the end of the trail are significant landmarks. If you’re not up to the entire length of this hike, there are several great perches for a picnic on this island of rock before going back to the trailhead the way you came. If you are going the distance, follow the trail up to the saddle and back down the other side. You can linger and scamper around the outcrop on the way back. You will have a great view of Goat Rock and Blind Beach from the top of this hill and all the way down to the paved road at 3.6 miles.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bodega Bay
Distance: 9.2
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 95 feet
Top Elevation: 341 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible
Local Contacts: Sonoma Coast State Park, 3095 CA 1, Bodega Bay 94923; (707) 875-3483 or (707) 865-2391; parks.ca.gov
Driving Directions: Directions to Kortum Trail to Russian River

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