Hike Date: August 23, 2014
Distance: ~ 4 miles
Trail(s): Kortum Trail
Where’s it at? Bridgehaven, near Jenner on CA Hwy 1


Finally made it out to the Sonoma Coast State Park for a coastal hike along the Pacific Ocean. For this hike we did a portion of the Kortum Trail. Not that the whole thing was too long but there were plans of having lunch also. It was a foggy mid summer day when I visited and the sun never did poke through. We parked at Shell Beach and started heading north with plans to get at least to Goat Rock.

The trail is flat and easy most of the way and offers great views of coastal bluffs and the typical craggy northern California coastline. In a few areas there are land bridges that keep you elevated about 8 inches off the wetlands probably to protect habitat. It reminded me of the bridge through the meadows in a few spots in Yosemite Valley. Supposedly you can see whales from this trail at times, and of course seals along the coast.

At one point after a few nice buttes you begin a short climb and this area offers the best view of the portion we hiked, both north and south along the coastline. We stopped at the beach after climbing down to it with a great view of some natural arches just offshore where there were some nice driftwood benches awaiting. Had lunch, some vino, and off we went northward again. One thing that I found ruined the view northward a bit was the parking lot for Goat Rock…the cars are completely visible and break the view of the coastline. I think they could’ve put the lot further back and higher up personally! The beach to the north was full of nice rocks and shells though taking anything from this state park is forbidden. It is always nice to hike at the tip of waves though.

Overall I enjoyed the hike. Yearned for more sunshine but what can you expect on the nor Cal coast? It’s a very easy hike and gives you both solid and sandy paths to walk on. I hope to go back and explore both north and south of this area soon, perhaps in the winter or spring when the threat of fog is lessened.

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Directions to Kortum Trail Trailhead at Shell Beach


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