Shorttail Gulch Coastal Access Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.9 miles
Time Estimate: 50 min+
Elevation Gain: 100 feet
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Out-and-back
Restroom: No
Description
The Shorttail Gulch Coastal Access Trail is a short, simple out and back trail that takes you down to Shorttail Gulch Beach in Bodega Bay! This is a dog-friendly beach and hike, though your dog does have to be on a leash no more than six feet long. That's not much of a sacrifice. With abundant foliage and wildlife, there's plenty for your dog to explore while staying on leash! 


Parking is provided in a turnout next to the lot for the Bodega Bay Harbor golf course. It's free, and provides a great funnel down to the gulch. Be aware that hiking into the gulch is much easier than hiking out will be. It's all downhill from the parking lot to the beach. 

Though the beach is the major destination along this trail, the journey isn't bad either. The trail is lined with willow, cypress, and a variety of wildflowers. Given the long springs and autumns, and mild winters, of the Bodega Bay area, you're almost certain to find something in bloom no matter what time of year you visit. The area is also popular with birders. If you're looking to spy some of the area's more shy coastal birds, keep your eyes open! 

The beach is small, but remote and beautiful. It's less popular than larger beaches in the area. Fishing is permitted with a license. You can also kick back for a while, or let your dog lead you to every pile of seaweed for a good sniff! Once you've had enough of the beach, begin the climb back to your car. It's all going to be uphill from here, so pace yourself. Though not far, the grade is steep enough to make the trip back out a strain. 

Have a pawsome time along the Shorttail Gulch Coastal Access Trail whether you like flowers, fowl, or just spending time with your dog. 

Trail Features
Beach, Easy Incline
Abundant Wildlife, Wildflowers
Cautions & Considerations
Dogs have to have an active dog license to be allowed on this trail. It doesn't have to be licensed in Sonoma County, so visitors are welcome!
Address
20242 Osprey Dr.
Bodega Bay, CA
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Address
20242 Osprey Dr.
Bodega Bay, CA
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset