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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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1 Completed 1 Reviews

This was a really great trail! Well maintained and a perfect distance. But, it is not easy! It should be rated as moderate. Steep uphill both ways. :-) But, it is gorgeous! Starts in the redwoods, ends at the beach. Not much more that a person could ask for. A little tricky to find because no cell service, so make sure you have your directions written down. Also, campground is closed, so you have to walk about a mile out to the trailhead. Lovely day all around!

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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7 Completed 3 Reviews

I take this hike every year around New Years (will hopefully be returning for the 10th time in late December!) the weather is always lovely and the scenery throughout the duration of the trail is spectacular. If you start at the trailhead in the canyon you'll end up at Shell Beach which is a great place to rest your legs afterwards. Perfect for people of all ages!

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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21 Completed 4 Reviews

Beautiful! I love it here.

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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4 Completed 1 Reviews

Gorgeous redwoods, rolling hills & ocean views!

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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3 Completed 1 Reviews

Really great hike, with just the right amount of elevation gain for my ability and great views - especially from the picnic table about a mile in from the trailhead at Shell Beach. Will be even better when we finally get some rain and the hills aren't all brown and the trail isn't so dusty. The campground was closed, so there was an additional mile, or so, walking from the closed gate where we parked to the trailhead.

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
by Paul Tincknell

3 Completed 3 Reviews

First, AllTrails should properly name this trail; it is the Dr. David C. Joseph Memorial Trail as named at the end at Shell Beach. Starting at that end it is a steady climb up to the ridge where the trail levels out into ups and downs as it follows the ridgeline up above River Road to Duncans Mills. Late on a Sunday it was sunny and serene. At the picnic table up on the ridge overlooking the ocean and Shell Beach I saw a silver fox scurrying through the brush, but other than birds no wildlife (sign at the trailhead does warn about mountain lions being a possibility). The trail winds in and out of the trees and low scrub, so sun and shade alternates. Several wells up on the ridge were still running even in late August during our extended drought. Truly a wonderful hike, on the easier side of the moderate rating.

Edit: It is moderate from the Shell Beach end, but there is a fairly steep grade when starting from the Pomo Canyon Campground that requires more exertion than moderate would suggest, so really moderate+. Still, that end is deep in woods so not too hot if you make the climb.

Bonus is that you can veer off from either end to go all the way to the top of Red Top Hill, and have an *amazing* view of the coast - well worth the sweat to do it.

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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3 Completed 3 Reviews

Loved this trail! We started at the Pomo Campgrounds. The campgrounds were closed, but the short walk to the campgrounds and trailhead from where we had to park the car was a nice warm up. The road leading up to where we parked was a little bumpy, and there were some puddles in a few places, but there was a BMW, and a few other sports cars parked where we parked, so any car should do fine. The start of the trail was pretty steep, but very beautiful; redwoods, creeks, and the air felt great (nice and cool)! It was pretty easy to see where the top of the hill was as the trees thinned out, and the scenery turned into more of grassy hill scenery. Still very pleasant however, and much more flat, so a good stretch after climbing up the previous hill. It takes about 1.7-2 miles to get to this point, so when you first start the hike, just persevere and don't lose hope! There are also some fantastic views of the Russian River, the surrounding valley, and the ocean from this point. While the ocean may still look super far away and out of reach, never fear, the point you can see from this view is not the point you'll be hiking out to! The hike down to Shell Beach is a pretty steep decline, so steel yourself for the return trip! The beach is well worth it though. Very beautiful, albeit very rocky water. There were seals sunning on a rock not far out from us. And while Shell Beach itself is a very short beach, if you climb the rocks to your left (when facing the water) there isn't much to get past to get to a much larger and more open beach. There are a few trails along the top of the cliffs to get to different vantage points, but dogs are not allowed on those trails. The hike back to the campgrounds seemed to go very quickly. I've seen a few suggestions to start the hike from Shell Beach, but the incline going this way goes on much longer, even if it isn't as steep as starting from the campgrounds. I think I prefer getting the super steep part (from the campgrounds) done first in the hike, rather than worrying about that when I'm already tired … The steep decline to get back down the hill to the campgrounds felt amazing on our tired legs, and even the dogs picked up a little pep in their steps again. All in all, a beautiful hike, on a beautiful day. Well worth the soreness, and definitely one we'd love to do again!

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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9 Completed 1 Reviews

Wanted to start this hike from the Pomo campground. The campground was closed so had to park my car outside gate on a very remote 4wheel drive only road and walk 1/2 mile to campground and trail head. I was a little worried about leaving my car there but all was well when I returned. Beautiful hike with lots if variety. Next time ill start at Shell beach and go the other way. The red hill trail creates a nice loop. Trail not as well kept but very easy going to top of hill is rewarded with beautiful views.

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Pomo Canyon Trail: Pomo Canyon Campground to Shell Beach
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4 Completed 3 Reviews

At the beginning the air hits your ears because of the coast. Make sure you bring a hoodie. It's very muddy, but it's beautiful! A lot of green scenery. Gorgeous trees and wildlife plants. The more you hike the better it gets! It's worth the hike!! There's banana slugs and also small black spiders. Bring the appropriate attire.

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Sonoma Coast State Beach: Sonoma Coast Trail
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16 Completed 15 Reviews

Goat's head beach is awesome. I love this area where the Russian river empties into the Pacific. Jenner must be a crime free community. Been here twice. Beach is so secluded you can take off in all directions and still feel the solitude. Gets a 3 out of 5 because of the heavy surf that prohibit surfing or swimming (stay on top of the berm!).

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