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Salt Point State Park

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General Information

Salt Point State Park is one of the most northern day-hike spots that are reasonable to get to from San Francisco. It is about a 90-minute drive from SF, and maybe better for those who already live in the North Bay because the drive for them would be substantially shorter.

Being next to the Pacific Ocean, Salt Point State Park offers an adventurous array of hikes through rocky cliffs with crashing waves on the beaches below. Being on top of the cliffs has another perk - the great views for miles and miles into the ocean. Further inland are grassy Redwood forests that only grow in Northern California because of its unique fog climate.

The park spans has approximately 6 miles of coastline and approximately 20 miles of hiking trails. Other than hiking, the fun outdoor activities in the park are picnicking, horseback riding, fishing, skin and scuba diving, camping, and there is even an underwater park.

Trailheads

We currently do not have any record of trailheads in this park.

Routes and Trails You Can Travel

We currently do not have any record of good routes in this park.

Hiking

Trails

Due to the arid conditions of the dry season in Northern California, some trails may be closed in August or September as a precaution to the possibility of wildfires.

Climate and Weather

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Because the park is right along the ocean, it has quite a unique climate. The fog brings year-round moisture to the area, allowing the redwood forests to thrive in the park and all over Northern California to about 30 miles inland. During the dry season of the summer, the fog brings nutrients to the trees and other vegetation.

The temperature can change depending on the time of the day. Although Northern California is known for being warm and sunny, the winds from the ocean add a wind-chill factor, making it quite cold at times. If you go for a mid-distance to a longer hike, bring extra layers of clothing with you because the weather can really change within hours.

History

Wildlife

The park offers the chance to see some great wildlife. Some of the animals that live at Salt Point State Park are the deer, skunks and raccoons, coyotes, bobcats, the gray fox, badgers, squirrels, chipmunks, and the field mouse. Bears and cougars occasionally range the area, although visitors rarely see them. Campers are advised to be well-educated about various correct ways to handle food safely.

Birds

Trees

The park's wildlife and plants include poison oak, so be careful not to touch random bushes as you may be touching poison oak.

Flowers

Other Plants

Camping Possibilities

Camping is also available in the park. People interested in camping opportunities should contact the park as there are some strict rules to preserve the natural habitat of the park.
The park number is: 1-800-444-7275.

Other Information

There are many different outdoor activities possible at Salt Point State Park other than just hiking. Picnicking or horseback riding are also popular activities at the park. Water-based activities are scuba diving and an underwater park.

Fishing is permitted, but requires a fishing license.

Parking

Driving Directions

Salt Point State Park
Jenner, CA 95450

It is simple to get to the park via Highway 1. People coming from San Francisco should be aware of the long drive. The park may be better for a trip that involves some camping and a day-hike. That way the trip isn't rushed and the visitors can fully enjoy all that Salt Point State Park has to offer.

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Hiking or Walking Groups Nearby

Group Name: GRN Hike

Group Description: Hiking!

Group Name: Sacramento Backpacking

Group Description: Sacramento-area based group with a preference for multiple-day excursions into the backcountry.

Group Name: Hiking Pacifica Coast

Group Description: Hiking in Pacifica. Splendid views on a sunny day. Hikes range 4 to 7 miles - some elevation (up to 625). Eat/drink at local places.

Group Name: Sonoma County Wanderers

Group Description: This is a hiking group for the intermediate hiker! For a hiker that enjoys a relaxed pace, conversation, picture taking and the journey as much as the destination. We usually do between 4 and 10 miles with moderate elevation gain.
Come join us!

Group Name: Muir Woods and Marin Hiking

Group Description: hiking in Muir Woods and other nearby areas. There is even a trail with a small bar at the end of it - join us!

Group Name: Roam the Woods: Women Specific Backpacking

Group Description: Get Trail Smart! Roam offers one and two week backpacking learning vacations for women. We utilize National Parks and Wilderness areas across the U.S. as our "classroom". Have you ever wanted to see glacier fed lakes, long distance trails, dormant volcanoes, waterfalls, lush meadows, mountain streams, awe inspiring peaks…and have the confidence to accept every lesson Mother Nature provides? Roam will show you the way! Visit: www.roamthewoods.com for more information

Group Name: Amazon HIking and Adventure Group

Group Description: Fairfield, CA based Women's Hiking & Outdoor Adventure Group! The Amazon Group is a group for meeting other Women in their 20's and 30's who enjoy hiking, outdoors, and fitness. This group is for healthy/fit women who love to be outdoors and enjoy activities like: Hiking, backpacking, river-rafting, kayaking, and camping! Whether you are an experienced hiker or have never hiked before, join us! Other events include girl's night outs, hanging out, and day trips to fun new places. We also often stop at nearby places for good brews, food and conversation after hikes. Have fun while getting fit! Make new friends! Take time out of your busy life and get outside, and meet new people.

Group Name: San Francisco Hiking Group

Group Description: Scenic hikes and challenging rock climbing along the Bay with views of the Pacific Ocean, Golden Gate Bridge, Presidio, and Sausalito. Good way to make friends with San Francisco locals and enjoy some good hiking!

Group Name: Snowdogs

Group Description: Hiking, Running, Skiing/Snowboarding and other outdoor activities

Group Name: test group

Group Description: Group for testing

Group Name: Bay Area Birders

Group Description: This group is for birding people in the San Francisco Bay area. I figure we can open it to everyone. I will not be the "leader", but I hope that each of you will step forward now and then to lead some kind of outing. Roy

Upcoming Hikes

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Past Hikes

Ultra Long Hike Which Requires Training | 70.5 km away

Date: Sunday, 3-7-2010

Description: I want to train with some people to do a really long and strenuous hike - maybe around 30+ miles. Maybe find some record to break :) Any ideas?

Shipwreck Hunt During Low Tide | 70.4 km away

Date: Saturday, 1-29-2011

Description: The original shipwreck hunt was a very popular event, so we are scheduling another event to see the two ships that can be spotted in the ocean during low tide! We will meet at: 870 El Camino Del Mar, San Francisco, California That is the trailhead. The hike is 2 miles each way. The terrain is pretty easy, but in the middle there are few mid-sized hills. Here is a page describing Lands End: http://www.hikingsanfrancisco.com/san_francisco_hikes/lands_end_national_park.php

Shipwreck Hunt Hike | 70.4 km away

Date: Sunday, 2-13-2011

Description: Since this was such a popular event last time, we will be doing this hike again. The hike is scheduled specifically during a time of low tide when tops of two drowned ships can be seen. One ship is during the middle of the hike and the other ship is at the end of the hike. The event is free, but donations on the site or at the event are appreciated since it takes a lot of time and effort to organize the event. Here is a link to Lands End to see what you can expect: http://www.hikingsanfrancisco.com/san_francisco_hikes/lands_end_national_park.php Children are welcome on this hike, but must be closely supervised by their parents.

Pulgas Ridge/Edgewood Tuesday hike | 94.7 km away

Date: Tuesday, 2-15-2011

Description: Here's my tried and true hike for threatening weather. Showers or rain are expected Tuesday, so I've picked this two-parter in case it becomes more than showers. Pulgas Ridge Open Space Preserve and Edgewood County Park hike Tue February 15 10:30am-3pm 4 or 8 miles, 800 or 1600 feet elevation gain Meet 10am at Homestead Square shopping center in Cupertino. Meet next to Homestead Rd. near the Homestead Square sign. or meet 10:30am at the Pulgas Ridge parking lot (directions below) Edgewood County Park info http://www.co.sanmateo.ca.us/smc/department/home/0,,5556687_12305995_12328420,00.html Pulgas Ridge info http://openspace.org/preserves/pr_pulgas_ridge.asp Here's a great combination hike, with gentler trails than I typically lead. We'll start at Pulgas Ridge, where we'll hike up, down and around through this Open Space preserve. Then we'll head across Edgewood Rd. to Edgewood Park, where we'll have lunch near the restrooms. After lunch, we'll hike up around the rid ....

Cannons, Ecology and Palace of Fine Arts Hike at the Presidio | 71.4 km away

Date: Sunday, 2-20-2011

Description: This will be a really beautiful and historic hike through the Presidio. We will meet at the Arguello Gate, walk along the Ecology Trail, then through the army base to see the old Officers Homes and a display of historic cannons used by the army. We will then go to the Palace of Fine Arts for a break and a little snack (10-20 minutes), and then we will head back. Here is some information about the Presidio: http://www.hikingsanfrancisco.com/san_francisco_hikes/the_presidio.php

Shipwreck Hunt Hike | 70.4 km away

Date: Sunday, 2-27-2011

Description: Since this was such a popular event last time, we will be doing this hike again. The hike is scheduled specifically during a time of low tide when tops of two drowned ships can be seen. One ship is during the middle of the hike and the other ship is at the end of the hike. The event is free, but donations on the site or at the event are appreciated since it takes a lot of time and effort to organize the event. Here is a link to Lands End to see what you can expect: http://www.hikingsanfrancisco.com/san_francisco_hikes/lands_end_national_park.php Children are welcome on this hike, but must be closely supervised by their parents.

Presidio Ridge Trail To Golden Gate Bridge | 71.4 km away

Date: Sunday, 3-13-2011

Description: This will be mid-difficulty hike. We will meet at the Arguello gate and hike along the (relatively newly built) Ridge Trail which is very scenic. The hike goes to the bottom of Golden Gate Bridge.

Once we get to the bridge, we will go back along the same path to where we started.

Arrowhead Marsh Bird Walk | 82.1 km away

Date: Sunday, 3-20-2011

Description: This walk is by Arrowhead Marsh near the Oakland Airport. The area is popular with birders because of winter waterfowl population, and frequent sighting of California Clapper Rails. We meet at 1:00 pm in the main parking lot. From 880, head toward the Oakland Airport. Turn right at Pardee Drive, then left on Swan Way, and right to enter the park. Ignore the first 2 parking areas, and continue to the end of the road by the observation tower. Approach the water. I will be sitting on the fishing dock, wearing a dorky white hat with a cape. High tide is at 1:42 pm, offering a good change of seeing a clapper rail or two. If that fails, we can try again in the late afternoon. Meanwhile, we can wander about various pond and shoreline areas to observe a variety of waterfowl. Here is a link to park information and a park map. http://www.ebparks.org/parks/mlk All walking is level and paved. Bicycles are allowed. Distance depends on what we care to do. The loop around the New Marsh and seasonal p ....

Lost in the Presidio Hike Adventure | 71.4 km away

Date: Sunday, 3-27-2011

Description: This will be an experimental hike where we take trails we don't really know and see if we get lost, and can find our way back. Do not worry! The Presidio is not very big and I know it pretty well. So really, we won't be very lost. But it will be fun to orient ourselves and see if we can figure out different trails in a somewhat unusual and experimental situation where everyone can contribute. We will meet at the Arguello gate. There is plenty of parking on the streets there.

Musical Chairs Presidio Hike | 71.4 km away

Date: Saturday, 4-2-2011

Description: To make the hike more fun and social, we will do some experiments with playing musical chairs with whom you hike next to, and who leads the hike. The focus will be on making it fun, healthy, social, and creative. Game suggestions are welcome The hike will be through many different Presidio trails. There is plenty of parking on the streets.

San Francisco Hilltop Tour | 75.7 km away

Date: Saturday, 4-9-2011

Description: Great for ALL LEVELS of hiker! A popular favorite, we sample all the great views from San Francisco's central hills. Hikers are encouraged to do any portion of the hike, stopping to do other city-things when they've had enough, or catching a bus or calling a cab--you can even join us along the way if you call and track us down en route. The entire loop is 13 miles and goes from Bernal Hill to Holly Park, Glen Canyon, Mount Davidson, Twin Peaks, Tank Hill, Monument Hill, the Vulcan and Saturn Steps, Corona Heights with the Castro, Dolores Park and the wild murals of Clarion Alley on the way back to Bernal. This will be the fourth time Mike has led this hike. The route is similar to this: http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&source=s_d&saddr=Ellsworth+St&daddr=Unknown+road+to:Esmeralda+Ave+to:Elsie+St+to:Unknown+road+to:37.74304,-122.44537+to:37.7454984,-122.4463794+to:37.74606,-122.44726+to:37.746284,-122.4433892+to:37.7469013,-122.4450711+to:Portola+Dr+to:37.738394,-122.453243+to:Twin+P ....

Length of Golden Gate Park Hike and Learning About Nature | 72.5 km away

Date: Sunday, 4-10-2011

Description: Spring is a great time to see the different blooming wildflowers and other plants. I don't know too much about flowers or plants, but I promise to read up on it and share what I know. The hike itself will be the length of Golden Gate Park and back. It will take about 45 minutes each way and we will break in the middle by the ocean.

Lowest Tide Sunrise Shipwreck Hike | 70.4 km away

Date: Tuesday, 4-19-2011

Description: This will be super-low-tide and I think the ships will be most visible exactly at this time and date of the month. We will also probably catch the sunrise. The hike is very early in the day, so if we will all be awake we will have a little historic talk and about an hour hike. After that we will all probably take the bus to work together. :) I am very excited about this particular tide because it is supposed to be extremely low. There is plenty of parking in the area, and we will all gather at the sign which says Lands End.

2 Buck Chuck Wine ;) Scavenger Hunt Hike | 71.4 km away

Date: Sunday, 5-1-2011

Description: In another attempt to make hiking more fun and spontaneous, I will plant some wine bottles in random places of the Presidio and we will try to find the wine. I will let others lead so that it is truly a scavenger hunt. If the park rangers or the squirrels do not find, and drink the wine, we will have some after about 2 hours of hiking.

Briones-Mt.Diablo Trail Part Deux - Shell Ridge to Mt.Diablo State Park | 83.2 km away

Date: Sunday, 5-8-2011

Description: This hike goes through Shell Ridge Open Space, Diablo Foothills Park to Mt.Diablo State Park and back. Meet at the Briones-Mt.Diablo Trail sign at the corner of La Casa Via and Corvey Ct in Walnut Creek. Park on the street.The sign is to the rear of John Muir Hospital off of Ygnacio Valley Road. We will walk 1 block west on Corvey Ct to the trailhead, follow the Briones-Mt.Diablo Trail across Shell Ridge Open Space, across the Diablo Foothills Regional Park into Mt.Diablo State Park. Stop for a break. [I am calling my Mom to wish her a Happy Mother's Day.] North on the Little Yosemite Trail, NW on Stage Road trail (now back inside Diablo Foothills Park), West on the Buckeye Ravine trail which reconnects with the Briones-Mt.Diablo trail and return to the Corvey Ct. trailhead