Sonoma Section 8

Salmon Creek Beach to Campbell Cove, Bodega Head, Sonoma Coast State Beach

Sonoma Section 8

Salmon Creek Beach to Campbell Cove, Bodega Head, Sonoma Coast State Beach

This wonderful walk explores sandy beach, windswept dunes and Bodega Head hard by the San Andreas fault. The Head offers dramatic views of forty miles of coastline, while Sonoma County’s longest sandy beach offers great beachcombing, surf fishing, surfing, and family outings. Our description begins at Salmon Creek, but look at the creek’s mouth to decide exactly where. In the winter it usually flows into the surf, and in summer a sand bar usually forms. If the mouth is flowing, walk or drive to the South Salmon Creek parking lot.

Coastwalk, CalTrans, the Bodega Bay Grange and Sonoma County are exploring the possibility of building a walking path from the north end to the south end of town. Such a route would be good Alternate Route for CCT since, in addition to serving the town, it would not require a boat shuttle as the current CCT route does south of Campbell Cove.

Walk the beach south toward Mussel Point, the northern end of Bodega Head in the distance. In winter the beach narrows so that waves may run to the base of the dunes. In that case you must retreat to the dunes to pass. In summer a wide flat beach makes passage easy.

Distance: 10 ½ miles (16.5 kilometers)

Open to: Hikers, Bicyclists

Surface: Beach, trail highway shoulder

Access point: Campbell Cove at Bodega Head

How to get there: Turn west off Highway 1 at the north end of the town of Bodega Bay onto Eastside Road, then turn west on Bay Flat Road and go 3 miles to the Campbell Cove parking lot where the road makes a sharp turn uphill.

Other access: Doran Regional Park, Pinnacle Gulch Trailhead, along Highway 1.

Difficulty: Easy

Elevation gain/loss: 420 feet+/380 feet-

Cautions: It is best to arrange a boat ride across Bodega Harbor ahead of time. The south end of Doran Beach may be flooded at high or medium tide.

Further information: None.

Facilities: Picnic tables at Campbell Cove, water and restrooms at Doran Regional Park, store and restaurants at Valley Ford.

Campgrounds: Doran and Westside Regional Parks and Bodega Dunes State Campground are all nearby.

Lodging: Lodges and B&Bs in Bodega Bay and Valley Ford.

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