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10 Hidden Gems of Sonoma County

a group of people on a rocky beach next to the ocean

Breathtaking Views Enjoyed By All

No need to embark on a steep, difficult climb to enjoy beautiful views! This light traffic 4.4 mile out and back trail can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels, even children! Feeling adventurous? Hike up to the promontory for a 360 degree view of the entire coast, or take the side trail to the beach to get your feet wet. After your hike, lunch at Café Aquatica at the river’s edge.

#1 The Kortum Trail : Shell Beach to Blind Beach

Breathtaking Views Enjoyed By All

No need to embark on a steep, difficult climb to enjoy beautiful views! This light traffic 4.4 mile out and back trail can be enjoyed by people of all skill levels, even children! Feeling adventurous? Hike up to the promontory for a 360 degree view of the entire coast, or take the side trail to the beach to get your feet wet. After your hike, lunch at Café Aquatica at the river’s edge.

Shell Beach and Blind Beach

Shell Beach is a local favorite for beachcombing and tide pooling. Often used by schools as an outdoor classroom and known as a prime fishing spot. Blind Beach is a long, narrow beach that is also great for beachcombing and fishing. Offshore, check out Arch Rock and many other photogenic sea stacks.

Café Aquatica

This amazing breakfast and lunch spot sits near the mouth of the Russian River. After your hike, enjoy some live music, great coffee, and a hearty meal. They have vegetarian and vegan friendly options as well!

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