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Bodega Head Nature Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.3 (8) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

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


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1.7

Miles

2.8

KM

99%

Runnable

158' 48 m

High

57' 17 m

Low

112' 34 m

Up

126' 38 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

8%

Max Grade (4°)

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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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Shared By:

Nick Wilder

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  4.3 from 8 votes

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#359

in California

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Photos

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
Waves hitting rocks visible from trail.
May 17, 2021 near Bodega Bay, CA
Waves and beach just north of the parking lot.
May 17, 2021 near Bodega Bay, CA
Guarding the coast... or wanting a bite of my sandwich?
Jun 1, 2016 near Bodega Bay, CA
Saw a deer while we were out there.
May 17, 2021 near Bodega Bay, CA

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