Fort Ross North Headlands

Jenner, California 95450

Fort Ross North Headlands

Fort Ross North Headlands Professional Review and Guide

"The Fort Ross North Headlands are 100-foot windswept bluffs along coastal Fort Ross State Historic Park. Along the serrated, wave-pounded cliffs are deep, stream-cut canyons and sheltered coves. The hike explores the high marine terrace from Northwest Cape (by the visitor center) to an overlook of Kolmer Gulch Beach, just shy of Windermere Point. The route does not follow a designated trail, but rather traverses the expansive, open coastal plateau along the edge of the grassy bluffs. Throughout the hike are far-reaching vistas, including Sonoma’s Lost Coast and Point Reyes."

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"Although there are no designated trails north of the stockade, a path of sorts traverses the headlands from Northwest Cape to Highway 1 near Windermere Point. The open, windswept headlands offer excellent views of the fort and coastline. You may have to navigate around idly grazing cattle during the hike, for the Parks Department leases this land to local ranchers."

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75 feet
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1.5 hours
U.S.G.S. Fort Ross and Plantation Fort Ross State Historic Park map
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Oct 2018