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Shorttail Gulch Coastal Access Trail

20242 Osprey Drive, Bodega Bay
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Shorttail Gulch Coastal Access Trail is a half-mile path leading to a small, rocky beach on Bodega Bay. 

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, 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  Pinnacle Gulch Coastal Access Trail and back to the parking area. Low tide also allows visitors to hike north to  Doran Beach.

Park Information

Shorttail Gulch Coastal Access Trail


20242 Osprey Drive

Bodega Bay, CA 94923
38.31320806, -123.0140733

Parking: Free.

Dogs: Permitted on leash. License required.


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