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Salt Point State Park, Jenner

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Salt Point State Park is a state park in Sonoma County, California, United States. The park covers 6000acre on the coast of Northern California, with 20mi of hiking trails and over 6mi of a rough rocky coast line including Salt Point which protrudes into the Pacific Ocean. The park also features the first underwater preserves in California. The constant impact of the waves forms the rocks into many different shapes. These rocks continue underwater providing a wide variety of habitats for marine organisms. The activities at Salt Point include hiking, camping, fishing, scuba diving and many others. The weather is cool with fog and cold winds even during the summer.The rocks of Salt Point are sedimentary sandstone. Due to the large amounts of sandstone, small cave-like features called tafoni can be found along the shore of Salt Point.Cultural and natural historyThis park is named for the formation of salt crystals in the cracks and crevices of the rocky coastline. The native Kashaya Pomo collected salt from this area for many years. They used abalone chisels to scrape the salt off the rocks.
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  • Gerstle Cove is the one place we found while road tripping that we could explore for the rest of our lives. Small stretches of coast are bursting with sea glass, flowers, rocks, creatures, lichen, ane...  more »
  • Easy flat hike that follows coastline. Tafoni and sandstone will be everywhere as you walk along the Salt Point trail from the Gerstle Cove parking lot.  more »
  • During a weekend visit to the Sonoma coast from Philadelphia, (it seems the only sunny days in February) we spent an afternoon hiking in Salt Point State Park. The views were spectacular. We visited a...  more »
  • Pygmy Forest hike is absolutely fantastic with mushrooms of all kinds in sizes as large as dinner plates Ferns and Sequoias abound as you hike up to the pygmy Forest miles of biking trails with exploring that could take you a week to do properly, great Vistas from the lower Cove and sometimes a rear view of the museum that overlooks this Cove with a telescope for viewing the whales, sometimes your walk down to the cove you will see a loan harbor seal in waters that sometimes are gin clear then other times where the waves crash violently and climb to Great Heights, sunsets there are spectacular, love this place
  • Beautiful scenery. Camping spots are pricey ($35) and dogs are very limited, but that's all state mandated. Check out the pygmy trees, it's an easy hike with a cool finish.
  • great views, great temperature, not for kids or people who cannot live without their electronics. signal is escarse but it didn't matter to the group i was with , we stopped at a local grocery to get some beer bread and snacks, best hiking and sea Cliff adventure yet. can not wait until the next adventure. there are no people giving directions on how to get to places we found it by following my friends gps made for hikers.
  • Absolutely wild out here. Salt Point State Park is a great place to hike, picnic, take in the view, hunt for mushrooms, go camping, or surfing. Visit once and you'll remember the sandstone rocks carved by the waves forever.
  • Great place to camp, awesome sea shore with very cool tidepools. There is no cell reception.