Sonoma Section 6

Russian Gulch to Blind Beach Trailhead, Sonoma Coast State Beach

Sonoma Section 6

Russian Gulch to Blind Beach Trailhead, Sonoma Coast State Beach

This short, dramatic section takes you from a pocket beach, along a high marine terrace full of wildflowers onto a broad beach where you cross the Russian River mouth, finishing up at a dramatic overlook of Goat Rock and Blind Beach. At times, the river is not passable at the beach, in which case follow Highway 1 to cross the bridge and return to the trail at Blind Beach Trailhead.

Included in this section is the Russian River. World class salmon fishery, vacation playground for San Francisco, giant redwoods, Stumptown, and sewer discharge all help describe the beautiful river that flows 110 miles from the hot inland Mendocino County hills before pouring into the ocean near the village of Jenner in Sonoma County.This diverse river flows through chaparral and oak woodlands, fir and redwood forests, drains the second largest freshwater marsh in northern California, the Laguna de Santa Rosa, and provides drinking water for most of Sonoma County as well as receives treated wastewater.

Distance: 3 ⅝ miles (5.8 kilometers)

Open to: Hikers

Surface: Trail, beach, highway shoulder

Access point: Russian Gulch

How to get there: Turn west off Highway 1, 3 miles north of Jenner into the Russian Gulch parking lot.

Other access: Several points along Highway 1.

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation gain/loss: 360 feet +/200 feet-

Cautions: Several very steep trails on Alternate Route.very narrow shoulder for short walk on Highway 1

Further information: None.

Facilities: Chemical toilet at Russian Gulch. Chemical toilet and water at Goat Rock Beach parking lot.

Campgrounds: Willow Creek and Pomo Campgrounds south of Russian River.

Lodging: Jenner lnn Bed and Breakfast (707) 865-2377

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