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Thu, Dec 14



Stage 6: Jenner Visitors Center to Fort Ross Historic State Park (13.5miles)

The Camino de Sonoma is a HEALING path, stretching 75 miles from The Mission in Sonoma to the Mission at Metini (aka. Ft. Ross). Thank you for adding your footsteps and story to the pilgrimage! Walk any stage with us anytime. Spiritually significant. Culturally compelling. Breathtakingly beautiful

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Stage 6:  Jenner Visitors Center to Fort Ross Historic State Park (13.5miles)
Stage 6:  Jenner Visitors Center to Fort Ross Historic State Park (13.5miles)

Time & Location

Dec 14, 2023, 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Jenner, 10451 CA-1, Jenner, CA 95450, USA


About the event

>> Start time location & End point: 8:00am at Jenner Visitor center to Ft. Ross State Park (4:00p eta depending on walker pace).

> You need to RSVP for each day you will join us. There is a 17 pilgrim limit per day.

>> Transportation & Parking Reminder: arrange your own rides/carpools from the end point.  Ft. Ross parking lot hours are usually 7am - 5pm, $10 parking fee, and is a 1hr-15min drive from Santa Rosa. Carpools should leave Ft. Ross State Park  by 7:15am to the start.

> All Trails Stage #6 Link (note that we alternate this route per certain conditions and are not on Hwy 1 the entire time).

> Food: PACK A LUNCH, snack and water and/or beverage. There are no food/water refill options once we leave Jenner.  Lunch will be at the Vista Point Overlook (across from Meyer’s Grade Rd).

> Restrooms: there are only two porta-potty options: Jenner Headlands and Vista Overlook. We advise packing personal wilderness potty needs in your daypack, just in case.

>> Distance & Route:

Estimated 13.5 miles and 1,450ft elevation gain, walking poles are not necessary.  We’ll begin at the Jenner Visitor center and pause for an appreciation of our journey thus far, and the sight of the Russian River hitting the Pacific Ocean. After we open our circle we scale up and over the Jenner Headlands Persevere with an important pause at “Elijah’s Rock” before appreciating the tangibility of Cypress Trees. We will then descend Hwy 1 into the Russian Gulch State Beach and pause before tackling our most strenuous climb of the day, aka Billy Goat’s Climb. Our concluding 5 miles before reaching Reef Campground will involve a few pauses to enjoy the view and appreciate the journey. Our day will end through the campground onto the Ft. Ross beach and then into the fort to ring the bell at the chapel.

This is a moderately strenuous 14.5  mile walk.  For your own safety and in consideration of fellow walkers this walk should not be attempted unless you know you are experienced and capable at this distance.

> Theme: “Commencement”

Remember to bring your passports.  Passports and stickers will be available for those new to the Camino de Sonoma.

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