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Bodega Head

Bodega Head forms the tip of a peninsula that extends south of the Bodega dunes and protects Bodega Harbor from the pounding ocean waves. It’s four miles long and one mile wide, and is geologically related to Point Reyes and the Farallon Islands. Bodega Head lies on the Pacific Plate; geologists believe that it was once some 300...
Bodega Head forms the tip of a peninsula that extends south of the Bodega dunes and protects Bodega Harbor from the pounding ocean waves. It’s four miles long and one mile wide, and is geologically related to Point Reyes and the Farallon Islands. Bodega Head lies on the Pacific Plate; geologists believe that it was once some 300 miles to the south and was carried to its present location by the northward movement of the Pacific Plate along the San Andreas Fault. This major fault runs the length of Sonoma County along or near the coast. In the 1960s, the Pacific Gas and Electric Company proposed to build a nuclear power plant on Bodega Head, and had already dug a deep hole for the foundation, but after opponents pointed out the earthquake hazard, that project was abandoned. The “Hole in the Head” is now a pond where you may see ducks happily swimming. Along the way to Bodega Head you will find a boat launch area, sandy pocket beaches backed by granite cliffs, and two blufftop trails. The upper trail is accessible and is a good place to scan the water for gray whales during their spring and fall migrations—be sure to bring your binoculars. During my early June visit, the brown grasses of the uplands were colored with cowslip, lupine, mustard, and wild radish blooms. 

Trail/Pathway Details

Bodega Head Trail

Trailhead: Upper trailhead:The turnoff from Westshore Road is unmarked, but it is the last road on the left before you reach the main (lower) parking lot for Bodega Head.

Length: 1-2 total miles

Typical Width: 4 ft. & above

Widths vary throughout, but if the grasses are mowed there's always at least a three-foot clearance.

Typical Grade: Gentle

Terrain: Firm

Description

Shrouded in fog on a mild summer afternoon, this trail felt like remote wilderness to me—an experience of nature that can be rare for a wheelchair rider. No power lines were visible, and the only sounds were the barks of harbor seals, birdsong, and crashing waves—it was truly magical. Viewed from a distance, this trail through the grassy...
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Accessibility Details

The facilities listed below meet all of our access criteria unless otherwise noted.

Foot of Westshore Road and at upper trailhead (last turnoff before the end of Westshore Road). Neither the upper trailhead lot or the main (lower) lot at the foot of Westshore Road has striping. On my visit, both lots were nearly empty, so there was plenty of room to lower my lift. New accessible spaces for both lots are expected by Summer 2011. At both parking lots  Near the upper lot, one table is several hundred yards from the trailhead. Tables near the lower parking lot at the foot of Westshore Road have fantastic views of the rocky shoreline and a pocket beach.
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Overlook (Morning Shu)

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  • hiking
  • picnic
  • wildlife viewing

Additional Information

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Website: www.parks.ca.gov
Managing Agency: California State Parks
Address: Foot of Westshore Rd., Bodega Bay
Nearest City: Bodega Bay
Phone: (707) 875-3483, (707) 865-2391
Hours: 8 am to sunset
Fees: None
Dogs: Not allowed
Useful Links: Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods 
Reviewed by Bonnie Lewkowicz, August 1, 2010
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