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Vista Trail Professional Review and Guide
"The Vista Trail is located at the northernmost end of Sonoma Coast State Park, which is actually a series of beaches, bluffs, and headlands. The state park lands stretch along the coast for 17 miles southward to Bodega Head (with a few parcels of private land). This open, blufftop trail provides some of the most spectacular coastal vistas in California. The one-mile loop sits atop the Jenner Grade on a high plateau 600 feet above the sea. From the trail are unobstructed panoramic vistas of the chiseled coastline and jagged cliffs. The 272-acre open grassland rests at the southern base of Little Black Mountain, high above the ocean and Russian Gulch. Access to the trail is via the twisting, corkscrew route of Highway 1, cut into the edge of the rugged coastal cliffs. The blufftop trail (a wheelchair-accessible path) circles the natural area, with picnic areas and an observation deck."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books).
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