Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail

20600 Mockingbird Road, Bodega Bay

  • Beaches
  • Birding
  • Fishing
  • Hiking/Walking Trails

Hours: Sunrise to sunset.

Parking: Free.

Dogs: Permitted on leash no longer than 6 feet. License required.

Ranger Phone: (707) 875-3540

The Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail leads to a beautiful, quiet beach on Bodega Bay. Pinnacle Gulch is the perfect place to spend a day relaxing, picnicking and exploring the shoreline. The trailhead is across from a small parking area in the Bodega Harbour golf community. At low tide, the trail can be hiked as a 1.9-mile loop with the Shorttail Gulch Trail Coastal Access Trail. Low tide also allows visitors to hike from Pinnacle Gulch to Doran Beach.

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20600 Mockingbird Road, Bodega Bay

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Suggested Trail to Beach and Back
Loop length:
1.29 miles round trip
Degree of difficulty: Moderate
Elevation Gain: 350 feet (on the return)

Trail symbols for walk, hike, run and dogs on leash

Park notes

  • This half-mile trail leads to Pinnacle Beach, a picturesque cove on Bodega Bay south of Doran Regional Park. 
  • Pinnacle Beach is only a quarter-mile long but is the place to go when seeking a secluded beach experience. You likely will find only a few other people on the beach.
  • The beach is dotted with interesting rocks and tide pools and a distinctive rock formation is just offshore. The beach offers great birding and occasional whale sightings.

    Trail Notes

    • An unpaved trail descends a steep gulch fed by a seasonal stream. There are some steps and bridge crossings. The trail is lined with cypress, wax myrtle, willows, coastal scrub and berries. Spring and summer wildflowers are abundant. It’s not uncommon to see garter snakes darting into the brush in summer.
    • This walk can be extended to a 3-mile loop at low tide by walking south from Pinnacle Beach to Shorttail Gulch Beach and hiking up Shorttail Gulch Trail. We advise this only at low tide. It’s also possible at low tide to walk north to Doran Beach and back.
    • Trailhead parking includes a restroom and drinking fountain.

    Trail Directions

    • From the parking lot, cross Mockingbird Road to the posted trailhead and follow the dirt path.
    • You’ll briefly parallel the road before descending short switchbacks and entering the narrow canyon that is Pinnacle Gulch.

      Driving Directions

      • As you approach the south end of Bodega Bay on Highway 1, turn south on South Harbor Way into the Bodega Harbour community. The turn-off is just south of the entrance to Doran Regional Park.
      • Drive one block to the end of the street. 
      • Turn left on Heron Drive and continue .9 miles to Mockingbird Road.
      • Turn left on Mockingbird Road and go .1 miles to the posted trailhead on the right. Park in the lot on the left.
      • Free parking

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