Sonoma Section 5


The coastal trail in this area lies entirely within Salt Point State Park, a jewel of the State Park system. Whether you are walking in dense, Bishop Pine forest or through coastal prairie habitat, the ocean is always with you, crashing on the rocks at the foot of the bluff.

The bluffs you are walking have been trod by humanity for millennia. Salt Point long has been a gathering point for inland and coastal Native Americans: the reticulated rocks here, called tafoni, concentrate and collect salt ? a prime trade material ? from the constant ocean spray. More recently, before becoming a State Park, this area provided quarry stone for the Bay Area and was used for livestock ranching.

The coastal trail within Salt Point State Park is currently being upgraded with a grant from the California Coastal Conservancy and with on-the-ground help from Coastwalk. [Jon Breyfogle]

Photo: Stump Beach. [JB]



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