We often visit Doran Beach. It’s an easy sand walk when the tide is low and the rhythm of the ocean is calming and exciting. I took these pictures last Saturday on a busy day with many people, dogs and equipment for land and water. We walked and then…
We hunkered down in the dunes for a time and just watched.
The following was originally posted March 2014: Even with the newly paved road along the beach, we like to visit via the Birdwalk at Cheney Creek. Still part of Doran Beach Regional Park, it allows access through the wetland and can be a great birdviewing spot.
Since I’ve been practicing with my new phone/camera, these pictures are more utilitarian than beautiful as Mike supplies. (Gray pictures are from February and sunny pictures from March 2014)
From the parking lot at Birdwalk, there are two paved ramps up to the trail.
There are two ponds with elevated dirt and gravel trails surrounding them. A few benches provide excellent viewing across Bodega Harbor.
Then the raised trail crosses the wetland area. We usually go to the beach at low tide, but we have sat here to watch the tide rise and fall.
Across the main road is a parking lot and the trail over the dune to the beach. (Note the hitching rail to tie up you horse. Horseback riding is okay near this point towards the end of the beach below the golf course.)
Remember the red marker so you can find your way back.
Don’t forget to look around. Here’s a view to Tomales Point.
And one to Bodega Head.
And don’t forget to watch the waves (as in, WATCH OUT – they can get you) and check out the sand formations.
Hope you have a great time at the beach and on the trail. There are many ways to have a great time here from kite-flying, to surfing to walking the dog (on leash).
See you on the trail!
Here are some basics and links to our other beach visit.
Fee: Use your annual Sonoma County Regional Park pass or pay the $7/vehicle fee.
Parking: Just north on Hwy 1 from the main entrance to Doran Beach.
Benches: Several around the ponds, along the trail towards the beach and at most parking lot areas.
Picnic: Tables at parking lot, many protected tables near large bathroom hallway along the road to jetty and at the end.
Bathroom: portapottie at the parking lot and at most of the parking lots within the park.
Camping: RV and tent camping available. Register at park website.
The usual photographer and our dog.