Bluff Trail is a hiking trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Salt Point State Park. It is 1.7 miles long and begins at 106 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.4 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,107 feet. The Sentinel Rock viewpoint is near the trailhead. The Stump Beach and the Stump Beach Cove (elevation 16 feet) bay can be seen along the trail. There are also a forest and restrooms along the trail.
Bluff Trail Professional Reviews and Guides
"Stump Beach (originally called Big Gulch) is a deep U-shaped sandy cove with calm water backed by sandstone cliffs and forested hills. Miller Creek weaves through the sheltered, whitesand beach, where it empties into the sea. This hike begins at the Fisk Mill Cove picnic area, on the northern section of Salt Point State Park, and snakes through a thick forest of bishop pine and Douglas fir. The path then follows the jagged 100-foot coastal bluffs through a broad grassy headland to Stump Beach, one of the few sandy beaches on this stretch of coastline. Along the way, the trail overlooks pounding surf, offshore rocks, and picturesque coves at Chinese Gulch and Phillips Gulch. The trail crosses small creeks perched above waterfalls that drop several feet from the oceanfront cliffs."
--Robert Stone, Day Hikes Around Sonoma County (Day Hike Books).
"This trail stretches from the bluffs overlooking Stump Beach all the way to Horseshoe Point, but most people will want to start from either Fisk Mill Cove or nearby Cannon Gulch. This trail description covers the southerly hike from Fisk Mill Cove to Stump Beach. The following description covers the northerly hike to Horseshoe Cove. You can also enter Bluff Trail from the free parking area along Highway 1 just north of Fisk Mill Cove at Cannon Gulch."
--Stephen W. Hinch, Hiking & Adventure Guide: Sonoma Coast & Russian River (Wilderness Press).
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