Salt Point Trial

Salt Point State Park, California

Elevation Gain49ft
Trailhead Elevation32ft
Elevation Min/Max32/57ft
Elevation Start/End32/32ft
Salt Point Trial is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Salt Point State Park. It is 0.2 miles long and begins at 32 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 0.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 49 feet. This trail connects with the following: Salt Point Trail.

Salt Point Trial Professional Reviews and Guides

"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."

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

"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."

"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."

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Trail Information

Salt Point State Park
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Salt Point State Park
Dog-friendly, Stroller/Wheelchair Accessible

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Jun 2018