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Kashia Coastal Reserve Trail

Kashia Reserve view of old sheep shed

What & Why?

Sonoma County Regional Parks has secured a trail easement and is proposing to complete the design, environmental review and permitting necessary to build a 1.1-mile trail on the Kashia Coastal Reserve, adding a spectacular trail west of Highway 1 to the California Coastal Trail. 

The Kashia Coastal Reserve is adjacent and north of Salt Point State Park. 

Currently, there is no public access along the six miles of coast between Salt Point State Park and Regional Parks’ Black Point Coastal Access Trail. This project will offer access to that area while protecting grasslands, wetlands and cultural resources. 

The project will protect scenic resources and working landscapes. It will also provide public access, while promoting and protecting the rights and rituals of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians to practice their cultural and ocean side traditions.

What's Next?

Regional Parks received grant funding from the State Coastal Conservancy and Sonoma County Ag & Open Space to prepare a public access plan, trail designs and the environmental document for the Kashia Reserve Coastal Trail.

The trail has been planned along with the 0.9-mile Stewarts Point Ranch Trail, 2.5 miles to the north. When the planning is completed, the project will be eligible for additional grant funding for construction. 

The planning and environmental work have been completed. The Initial Study and Mitigated Negative Declaration (see our Project Detail Section for more information) was released for public review and comment in October 2021 - State Clearinghouse (SCH) number: 2021100478.

Regional Parks presented the project to the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors for adoption and approval in March 2022, and a Notice of Determination was filed. Completing the California Environmental Quality Act process was required for the submittal of permit applications to the regulatory agencies, and for Regional Parks to apply for additional grant funding for construction.

Regional Parks is applying for regulatory permits and preparing the construction plans for bidding.  We anticipate permits to be issued and bidding to occur this spring 2024, and construction to begin in the summer of 2024.

Eventually, the trails will connect to other trail segments as part of the 1,200-mile California Coastal Trail