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Hiking the Jenner Headlands

Updated: Feb 26

At the time it was established, Jenner Headland Preserve was the largest single conservation acquisition in Sonoma County history. There are 5,630 acres featuring pasture, forest, chaparral and coastal prairie.

Just opened to the public in the fall of 2018, Jenner Headlands offers 14 miles of hiking trials for all levels of vigor. With sweeping views in the Pacific coast line, Russian River, and Goat Rock, you will have some of the most scenic hiking experiences in California.

The trail getting the most attention is the Sea to Sky Trail that takes you all the way up to the top of Pole Mountain. It is probably the most challenging trail, but on clear days hikers report seeing Mt. Diablo, Tamalpais, and Mt. St. Helena. Note: It’s best to bring 2 liters of water with you and to start early in the day if you’re on this trail.

Belted Galloway cow grazing on Jenner Headlands with view.

Wonder if she enjoys the view?

Because of the diverse terrain, wildlife sightings have a pretty large scope. The Spotted Owl, Peregrine Falcon, Osprey, and the Red Tail Hawk are among the treats for birders, so don’t forget the binoculars! Then there is the Red Tree Vole, Deer, Fox, Bobcat, the occasional Mountain Lion, and our favorite, the dairy cow!

You can find a map of the Jenner Headlands and their trails here. The trails are well maintained and well marked.

If you are a guest at Casa Panama you’ll have the luxury of accessing the trail network through our proprietary access gate, just up the road. This allows you to hike in and hike out without having to worry about parking your car at the Headlands lot 2 miles farther up the Pacific Coast Highway.

Our proprietary access to The Jenner Headlands.

Two of our guests at the access gate waiting to start their hike.

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