What & Why?
Sonoma County Regional Parks has secured a trail easement and is proposing to complete the design, environmental review and permitting necessary to build a 0.9-mile trail on Stewarts Point Ranch, adding a spectacular segment of trail west of Highway 1 to the California Coastal Trail.
Currently, there is no public access along the six miles of coast between Regional Parks' Black Point Coastal Access Trail and Salt Point State Park.
This project will offer access to that area while protecting grasslands, wetlands, and cultural resources. The project will not interfere with the ability of the Kashia Band of Pomo Indians to practice their cultural and oceanside traditions.
Regional Parks received grant funding from the State Coastal Conservancy and Sonoma County Ag + Open Space to prepare a public access plan and trail design.
The Stewarts Point Ranch Coastal Trail will be planned along with the Kashia Coastal Reserve Trail, 2.5 miles to the south. When the planning is completed, the project will be eligible for additional grant funding for construction. Eventually, the trails will connect to other trail segments as part of the 1,200-mile California Coastal Trail.