Salt Point Trail

Salt Point State Park, California

Distance1.8mi
Elevation Gain447ft
Trailhead Elevation50ft
Top99ft
Elevation Min/Max14/99ft
Elevation Start/End50/50ft
Salt Point Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Salt Point State Park. It is 1.8 miles long and begins at 50 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 3.6 miles with a total elevation gain of 447 feet. Near the trailhead there are a forest, an information board, restrooms, and parking. This trail connects with the following: Salt Point Trial.

Salt Point Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"The Salt Point Trail is an amazing, world-class hike with a geologically unique stretch of coastal bluffs. The hike explores ancient conglomerate sandstone rocks lifted from the ocean bottom. Delicate formations are carved into the cliff faces, forming natural earth sculptures with pits, knobs, ribs, and ridges. Concretions—hard rounded rocks—sit on isolated pedestals. Natural depressions in the bedrock collect seawater, forming pools. Most dramatic are the intricate wind-carved and wavesculpted honeycomb formations in the sandstone called tafoni. The waffle-shaped formations have a complex lacy pattern etched into the weathering sandstone. This hike begins on Salt Point at the north end of Gerstle Cove and follows the rolling coastal bluffs north to horseshoe-shaped Stump Beach, protected by 80-foot bluffs. The trail passes sandstone outcroppings with Native American midden sites, wavepounded rocky points, sea stacks, sea caves, and tidepools."

"This relatively level trail north from the Salt Point parking lot to Stump Beach takes you past an old sandstone quarry and the fabled tafoni sandstone outcrops sculpted by wind and wave. As you traverse the headlands you will be treated to spectacular views of the Sonoma coast. As usual when hiking exposed trails along this coast, be prepared for strong winds any time of the year."

"This trail is not just another one of coastal California’s pretty faces with crashing surf at the foot of rugged bluffs and sandy coves. It’s all that plus layers of rocky shelves jutting into the ocean from the marine terrace.

In the meadow, grassy mounds roll around the scattered sandstone slabs, evidence of the nineteenth-century quarry activity. The trail blends the panorama of tame headlands with the more primeval setting of fern gardens in the shadow of gnarly weather-whipped pine tree tunnels clinging to the cliffs’edge."

"Hike through a pygmy forest and see a prairie on the north coast"

Salt Point Trail Reviews

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1/23/2010
This is a great trail. It goes right along the coast, completly goegeous area! The reason I wouldnt give it a 5 is too many people. Mornings are best.
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Jun 2018