Day Hikes Around Sonoma County

Day Hikes Around Sonoma County

by Robert Stone (2)
     
 

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California's Sonoma County is known for its wineries and a magnificent natural landscape—a picturesque mix of rugged coastline, steep cliffs, forested hillsides, and verdant agricultural valleys. A collection of 95 of the county's best day hikes are combined into this guide, providing access to 60 miles of coastline and thousands of acres of greenspace. All

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California's Sonoma County is known for its wineries and a magnificent natural landscape—a picturesque mix of rugged coastline, steep cliffs, forested hillsides, and verdant agricultural valleys. A collection of 95 of the county's best day hikes are combined into this guide, providing access to 60 miles of coastline and thousands of acres of greenspace. All hiking levels included, with focus on short- to mid-range hikes.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781573420532
Publisher:
Day Hike Books, Inc.
Publication date:
04/01/2007
Series:
Day Hikes Series
Edition description:
First Edition
Pages:
272
Sales rank:
708,662
Product dimensions:
5.64(w) x 8.52(h) x 0.73(d)

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The Salt Point Trail is an amazing, world-class hike with a geologically unique stretch of coastal bluffs. The hike explores ancient conglomerate sandstone rock lifted from the ocean bottom. Delicate formations are carved into the cliff faces, forming natural earth sculptures with pits, knobs, ribs, and ridges. Concretion—hard rounded rocks—sit on isolated pedestals. Natural depressions in the bedrock collect seawater, forming pools. Most dramatic are the intricate wind and wave-sculpted honeycomb formations in the sandstone called tafoni. 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, wave-pounded rocky points, sea stacks, sea caves, and tidepools. (followed by driving and hiking directions, map)

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