Pinnacle Gulch - Shorttail Gulch Trail Loop
ElevationAscent: 286' 87 m
Descent: -285' -87 m
High: 262' 80 m
Low: 7' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 27% (15°)
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“A loop route leading down a gulch and back up another gulch while enjoying the beautiful Bodega Bay.”— Kevin Bonner
Once you've finally reached the beach, be sure you are aware of tide conditions. There are two sections of rocks to scramble through, so be prepared for that as well.
Within those rocks are lots of tide pools full of sea anemones, starfish, crabs, sea snails, and other life. Keep your eyes out for seals blending in with the rocks and sand and be sure to keep a respectful distance. Remember, it's okay to admire and appreciate, but please do not disturb or touch!
Once you've passed the second set of rocks, you'll eventually come up to the Shorttail Gulch Trail. Shorttail is quite a bit steeper than Pinnacles. It (as well as Pinnacles) has a running stream you can hear and see at times. There are a few shaded spots that will have mushrooms growing around if the conditions are right.
Finally, you'll reach the street again. From here, you have to navigate through the neighborhood back to the parking lot. Take Osprey Drive to the west, making a right onto Mockingbird Drive, which will lead you back to the trailhead and your vehicle.
Land Manager: Sonoma County Regional Parks