Horseshoe Cove Overlook

Bodega Bay, California

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Horseshoe Cove sits on the ocean side of Bodega Head, a large promontory that extends four miles into the Pacific. The cove lies adjacent to the Bodega Marine Laboratory and Marine Reserve. The laboratory and reserve are part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. The research and teaching facility protects 362 acres of undisturbed intertidal habitat, a salt marsh, mudflats, sandy beaches, coastal prairie, dunes, and a mile of coastline. Horseshoe Cove is exactly as the name implies, a deep, U-shaped sandy beach cove. The cove is part of the marine reserve. Unfortunately, public access is restricted. However, the views from above the cove are spectacular. The Horseshoe Cove Overlook sits atop the peninsula’s highest point at 265 feet, where there are sweeping 360-degree vistas. Scattered around the windswept summit are weathered rock outcroppings covered with lichen. The trail begins from the western trailhead of Bodega Head and gently climbs 200 feet to the summit while overlooking the Pacific.

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"Horseshoe Cove sits on the ocean side of Bodega Head, a large promontory that extends four miles into the Pacific. The cove lies adjacent to the Bodega Marine Laboratory and Marine Reserve. The laboratory and reserve are part of the University of California Natural Reserve System. The research and teaching facility protects 362 acres of undisturbed intertidal habitat, a salt marsh, mudflats, sandy beaches, coastal prairie, dunes, and a mile of coastline. Horseshoe Cove is exactly as the name implies, a deep, U-shaped sandy beach cove. The cove is part of the marine reserve. Unfortunately, public access is restricted. However, the views from above the cove are spectacular. The Horseshoe Cove Overlook sits atop the peninsula’s highest point at 265 feet, where there are sweeping 360-degree vistas. Scattered around the windswept summit are weathered rock outcroppings covered with lichen. The trail begins from the western trailhead of Bodega Head and gently climbs 200 feet to the summit while overlooking the Pacific."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bodega Bay
Distance: 1.2
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 40 minutes
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: U.S.G.S. Bodega Head • Sonoma Coast State Beach map

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Jun 2018