Outing / Event Description

Birding at Jenner Headlands April 15th, 2017


15, 2017


10:00 AM TO 2:00 PM
Status: Closed

Space is limited and RSVP required (scroll to bottom of this page to register).

Birding at Jenner Headlands

Saturday April 15th

10 AM - 2 PM

Join us to explore this vast 5,630 acre coastal preserve, just north of the Russian River, purchased with help from your Sonoma AgriculturalPreservation & Open Space District. As owners of this beautiful property, the Wildlands Conservancy is working on a management plan, including a public access component. On this birding adventure we’ll be joined by local avian expert ‘Duck’ Dave Barry for a view of the avian communities of Jenner Headlands.  Binoculars & bird books are highly recommended.

Hike Details
:  This strenuous hike will ascend more than 800 feet in elevation. Some sections of the route are especially rough with uneven footing so please wear sturdy hiking boots.   This hike is not for inexperienced hikers — you must be in good physical condition.  A good guide to follow is, if you have not hiked five miles within the last month comfortably, this is not the hike for you.  Along with the rough terrain comes the varying coastal weather that can bring bright, sunny skies or damp, cold, foggy and windy weather. We highly recommend dressing in layers and including a windbreaker jacket to protect you from the potentially biting coastal winds. 

Our plan is to hold this event if the weather is decent. We hope you’ll join us! Heavy rains might affect our plans. If in doubt about the conditions, call 707.544.7284 (then press 1) on Saturday after 8:00am. If there is no special message, the outing is a go as planned.
Safety / Guidelines: Please come prepared for a variety of weather conditions – it will likely be chilly.  Dress warmly!  Due to the lack of signed roads or trails on this vast property, it is essential that you stay with the group.  This property is currently only open to guided tours like this one.   

When: We’ll meet at 10am on Saturday, April 15th.  Thanks for your promptness.  We’ll check in, acquaint ourselves, condense into as few vehicles as possible, and then caravan to the actual trail head.  Depending on weather and hike route, we will return to our vehicles by about 2:00pm.  Due to our carpooling, late arrivals cannot be accommodated.  Please allow 1 ¼ hours drive time from Santa Rosa.   

  • Note on timing: We will do our best to have you back to your car at the above time.  However, if you have a firm commitment in the early evening that you simply can’t miss, this probably isn’t the hike for you.  The logistics on this large & remote property make time estimates a challenge.  Due to our carpooling and no signed roads or trails, early departures are simply not possible (except in an emergency).  

Where: Due to limited parking, we will meet at the Russian Gulch parking area and then carpool to the property.  Go about 3 miles north of the town of Jenner and look for parking area on left (west) side of Hwy 1.  You will see staff at the gate to direct you to parking.

Details, Details:
  • There is no charge for this outing. It is made possible by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District’s work with a quarter-cent sales tax, in partnership with the District’s non-profit partners, LandPaths,the Sonoma Land Trust, and the Wildlands Conservancy.
  • You will be asked to sign our standard liability waiver as you arrive.
  • No smoking or pets; thank you.
  • Though there are no restrooms on our hike, there is plenty of “topographic and vegetative diversity” - please plan accordingly ;-) .  There are restrooms at the visitor center in Jenner.  

What to bring: Sturdy boots or shoes, layered clothing (wind/ fog layer!), picnic lunch, snacks & water, binoculars, hiking poles or stick, something to sit on during lunch, thermos of hot beverage if it’s chilly, bird guide if you wish.


The Sonoma County Agricultural Preservation & Open Space District protects land in Sonoma County and LandPaths connects you with that land.  This program is made possible though a partnership between the District and non-profit partner LandPaths.  It is sponsored by the voters of Sonoma County who funded the District's work with a quarter-cent sales tax, and is coordinated & guided by LandPaths.   

Host Details
Jenner Headlands