What are the best hiking trails in Sonoma?

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Marcy Gordon

Sonoma is full of hiking options. With the coast to the west and mountains to the east, hikers will find a great range of trails to suit their style and fitness level. Be it a long leisurely coastal trail along the bluffs or a rigorous climb to the top of a peak.

Armstrong Redwoods State Park. Hike around the cathedral of ancient trees on the park floor or head up the trail switchbacks to the top of the park, where you can picnic above the tree line.

Sonoma Coast Trail. Kortum Trail is connected to several trailheads that can be accessed from Highway 1. Hike the entire route from end to end or choose just a segment of this coastal trail that meanders along the high bluffs. Some sections of the trail are on raised boardwalks and pass by majestic pampas plants, Pacific reed grass and other native species. In season, you can catch a glimpse of the migrating whale pods.

Pinnacle Gulch. This secluded trail begins near the Bodega Bay golf links and leads down a steep ravine directly to the beach. Depending on the time of day, you may have the trail and the rocky stretch of ocean below all to yourself. It’s only a mile each way but quite an energetic climb on the return trip.

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