Saturday, October 1, 2011

Goat Rock Beach - Sonoma Coast - 10-1-11

          Sarah and I were not in the mood for much hiking but still wanted to enjoy some scenery so we decided to take a scenic drive to the Sonoma Coast. We left our home in San Rafael and headed out Sir Francis Drake towards West Marin. We drove through the picturesque town of Nicasio and then past the Nicasio Reservoir on our way to Petaluma. Our reason for stopping in Petaluma was to pick up lunch to-go at Lombardi's BBQ deli. After picking up some scrumptious sandwiches we headed out toward Valley Ford, Two Rock and the coast. Just after the turnoff for Bodega we like to take a scenic bypass on Bay Hill Rd. which leads up a country road into some hills with ranches and beautiful views. Bay Hill Rd. lets out right just north of Bodega Bay on Hwy 1.
          We continued north past the countless beaches along the Sonoma Coast before turning left toward Goat Rock Beach. The terrain around Goat Rock beach seems almost monolithic in nature as there are giant boulders and rock outcroppings in the midst of open bluffs.
          Just off the coast is Arch Rock which tends to draw the attention of most people passing by.

Arch Rock from Goat Rock Rd.

Goat Rock Beach

Sarah and I at Goat Rock Beach

          After taking a stroll on the beach we got back in the car and drove along the Russian River to Monte Rio before looping back on the Bohemian Hwy and heading home.
          The area around Goat Rock Beach offers several hiking trails and I definitely recommend checking them out.

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