Pomo Canyon Trail

Sonoma Coast State Park, California

Elevation Gain1,768ft
Trailhead Elevation152ft
Elevation Min/Max103/653ft
Elevation Start/End152/152ft

Pomo Canyon Trail

Pomo Canyon Trail is a hiking trail in Sonoma County, California. It is within Sonoma Coast State Park. It is 2.7 miles long and begins at 152 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 5.5 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,768 feet. Near the trailhead there is parking. This trail connects with the following: Red Hill Trail.

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"Pomo Canyon Campground sits on the alluvial flats above broad Willow Creek canyon in a beautiful redwood grove. The Pomo Canyon Trail begins at the campground and winds across the rolling coastal hills, skirting the north slope of Red Hill. The trail follows an ancient trading route of the Pomo and Miwok people. The path weaves through lush redwood forests, oak woodlands, and open grasslands, crossing seasonal streams en route to the ocean at Shell Beach. From the trail are panoramic vistas of the lower Russian River, Willow Creek, the town of Jenner, and the serrated coastline. PLEASE NOTE: Dogs are not allowed on the trail." Read more
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"The hike from Pomo Canyon to Shell Beach is an epic loop that combines panoramic vistas, redwoods, rugged rock formations, and the beautiful Sonoma Coast. Highlighting many of the greatest features of western Sonoma County, the Pomo Canyon Trail is one of the best hikes in the Wine Country. The route forms a great loop running from redwood forests, along coastal hillsides with good views, to the Shell Beach parking lot with easy access to the surf." Read more

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I did the reverse and started at Shell beach towards Pomo Canyon. The beginning of the hike was amazing. It's across from Highway one and a very steep climb to the top of the hill where you can see the Sonoma coast for miles (one of the most scenic stretches of land I've ever seen). Once you get deeper into the woods, however, it gets a little creepy. The path started to close and I was literally being swallowed by the woods. I got about halfway through and then turned around. Maybe coming from Pomo Canyon it's less frightening but I wouldn't recommend starting at Shell beach.

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Trail Information

Sonoma Coast State Park
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Sonoma Coast State Park
Sonoma Coast State Park, Salmon Creek, Jenner, CA 95450; (707)875-3483 www.sonoma-coast-state-park.com
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