Hiking & Adventure Guide to the Sonoma Coast & Russian River

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This is the only complete guide to the 6 state parks and 16 coastal and riverside parks on Northern California's magnificent Sonoma Coast and along the Russian River. At Sonoma Coast State Park, explore miles of sandy beaches and tidepools and watch whales just offshore. Visit the Russian colonial outpost of Fort Ross State Historic Park and step back in time. Free-dive for abalone or wander the many trails at Salt Point Suite Park. See the rhododendrons at Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve, then admire ancient ...

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Overview

This is the only complete guide to the 6 state parks and 16 coastal and riverside parks on Northern California's magnificent Sonoma Coast and along the Russian River. At Sonoma Coast State Park, explore miles of sandy beaches and tidepools and watch whales just offshore. Visit the Russian colonial outpost of Fort Ross State Historic Park and step back in time. Free-dive for abalone or wander the many trails at Salt Point Suite Park. See the rhododendrons at Kruse Rhododendron State Reserve, then admire ancient trees and grand vistas of Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve and Austin Creek State Recreation Area.

In this book you'll discover:

25 detailed trail descriptions to Sonoma's coastal and river state parks

GPS waypoints for trail junctions and points of interest

21 custom maps showing key waypoints along the trail

Tips on hidden, unmarked beaches with public access

Popular as well as little-known trails, campsites, and picnic areas

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899975023
  • Publisher: Wilderness Press
  • Publication date: 9/15/2009
  • Pages: 225
  • Sales rank: 948,288
  • Product dimensions: 5.52 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.49 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Introduction to the Sonoma Coast 1

A Land in Upheaval 2

Early History of the Coast 5

Exploring the Coast 9

Climate 14

Animal Life 14

Using this Book 22

Chapter 2 Sonoma Coast State Park 25

Bodega Head 28

Bodega Dunes 32

Northern Coast 34

Willow Creek Area 48

Sonoma Coast State Park Hiking Trails 52

Trail 1 Bodega Head Loop 53

Trail 2 Overlook Trail 56

Trail 3 Miwok Loop Trail via Bay Flat Trailhead 58

Trail 4 Bodega Dunes Loop via Westside Trail 61

Trail 5 Kortum Trail: Shell Beach north to Blind Beach 63

Trail 6 Kortum Trail: Shell Beach south to Wright's Beach 68

Trail 7 Vista Trail 70

Trail 8 Dr. David Joseph Memorial Pomo Canyon Trail 72

Trail 9 Red Hill Loop Trail 75

Trail 10 Islands in the Sky Vista Loop Trail 78

Chapter 3 Fort Ross State Historic Park 83

History 86

Stockade and Surroundings 93

Along Fort Ross Road 100

North Headlands 101

Reef Campground and Day-Use Areas 102

Fort Ross State Historic Park Hiking Trails 104

Trail 11 Visitor Center to Stockade, Sandy Cove, and Cemetery 105

Trail 12 Kolmer Gulch Trail 108

Trail 13 North Headlands Trail 111

Trail 14 Reef Campground to Fort Ross Cove 113

Trail 15 Orchard Trail 114

Trail 16 Cardiac Hill 116

Chapter 4 Salt Point State Park 119

History 124

Gerstle Cove Area 126

Woodside Area 130

Northern Areas 131

Kruse Rhododendron State Natural Reserve 132

Salt Point State Park Hiking Trails 134

Trail 17 Salt Point Trail 135

Trail 18 Central Trail to Pygmy Forest and Prairie 138

Trail 19 Bluff Trail from Fisk Mill Cove to Stump Beach 142

Trail 20 Grace Rock Trail from Fisk Mill Cove to Horseshoe Point 145

Trait 21 KruseRhododendron Loop 148

Chapter 5 Armstrong Redwoods State Reserve 153

History 156

Facilities 159

Armstrong Woods Trails 162

Trail 22 Pioneer Trail-Discovery Trail Loop 163

Chapter 6 Austin Creek State Recreation Area 171

History 174

Facilities 176

Austin Creek State Recreation Area Hiking Trails 178

Trail 23 East Austin Creek-Gilliam Creek Loop Trail 179

Trail 24 East Ridge-McCray Ridge Loop Trail 184

Trail 25 East Ridge-Pool Ridge Loop 187

Chapter 7 Sonoma County Regional Parks 191

Regional Parks of the Sonoma Coast 191

Doran Park 191

Bird Walk 193

Pinnacle Gulch 193

Westside Park 194

Stillwater Cove 195

Soda Springs Reserve 195

The Sea Ranch 197

Gualala Point 199

Watson School/Running Fence 200

Regional Parks of the Russian River 201

Guerneville River Park 201

Steelhead Beach 201

Riverfront Park 202

Forestville River Access/Mom's Beach 204

Healdsburg Veterans Memorial Beach 205

Cloverdale River Park 205

Sunset Beach River Park 206

Appendix A Common Tide pool Creatures of the Sonoma Coast 209

Appendix B Common Marine Mammals of the Sonoma Coast 215

Index 219

About the Author 225

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