Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail

The Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail is a half-mile path leading to a small, picturesque beach on Bodega Bay.

  • Coastal Access Trail at Pinnacle Gulch Photo
  • Whale at Pinnacle Gulch Photo 2
  • Coastal Access Trail at Pinnacle Gulch Photo
  • Whale at Pinnacle Gulch Photo 2
  • Description
  • Reviews
  • The Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail is a half-mile path leading to a small, picturesque beach on Bodega Bay. The beach here is a quarter-mile long and is dotted with interesting rocks, tide pools and a distinctive rock formation just offshore.

    The trailhead is across from a small parking area in the Bodega Harbour golf course community at the southern entrance to Bodega Bay off of Highway 1.

    The unpaved trail descends a gulch fed by a seasonal stream and is lined with cypress, willows, coastal scrub, berries and wildflowers.

    There are usually few people at this beach, making it destination for quiet walks, picnics, bird watching and shore fishing.

    This walk can be turned into a 1.9-mile loop at low tide by walking south on the beach and hiking up the the Shorttail Gulch Coastal Access Trail and back to the parking area. Low tide also allows visitors to hike north from Pinnacle Gulch to Doran Beach. Dogs allowed on leash. Open daily from sunrise to sunset.

    • Decent Exercise

      If you are in the area, this one mile trail gives you access to a relatively private beach, and at low tide, you can navigate through some rocks and walk another 3-4 miles along Doran Beach. Decent...

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    • Fun trail

      Was on a trip to Bodega Bay, decided to go on a hike here. From the parking lot, it is about a mile down to the beach, which is relaxing to watch the waves. Not many people on the trail on...

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    • Trail is average at best

      Not particularly beautiful until you get down to the beach itself. Beach and rock formations are gorgeous. This trail is steep. As some reviewers said, unless you are here anyway, not worth a detour.

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