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Bodega Head Nature Trail

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Trail

1.7 mile 2.8 kilometer point to point
99% Runnable
Easy

Elevation

Ascent: 112' 34 m
Descent: -126' -38 m
High: 158' 48 m
Low: 57' 17 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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Trail shared by Nick Wilder

Easy run around Bodega Head with nonstop views in all directions.

Nick Wilder

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers

Overview

This windswept outcrop offers spectacular views of the California coast.

Description

From the lower parking area, follow the path along the cliff high above the rugged shore below (there is a small beach right at the parking area, but otherwise, everything below is jagged rocks and high surf). Several people have fallen to their death as the ground recedes, so stay well back from the edge.

As you head south you'll see Point Reyes in the distance, and about a quarter mile offshore is a rock generally covered with seals and you can hear better than you can see.

Wildflowers are abundant, especially in late spring and early summer. CA poppies, lupine, aster, and iceplant are the most showy.

There is a good chance to see gray whales between January and April, as well as herons, many bird species, and seals.

As the trail curves away from the ocean, you get pleasant views of the town of Bodega Bay and can watch the fishing boats coming to and from work.

Flora & Fauna

CA poppies, lupine, aster, and iceplant. Gray whales between January and April, as well as herons, many bird species, and seals.

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California poppies on the rugged CA coastline.
Jun 1, 2016 near Bodega Bay, CA
Iceplant blooming in early June.
Jun 1, 2016 near Bodega Bay, CA
Guarding the coast... or wanting a bite of my sandwich?
Jun 1, 2016 near Bodega Bay, CA
Looking south down the coast towards Point Reyes.
Jun 1, 2016 near Bodega Bay, CA
Sharing the sign stating the rules of the Bodega Head Trail
Dec 26, 2017 near Bodega Bay, CA

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