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Jenner Headlands Preserve Update


Jenner Headlands Preserve Update

Since the acquisition of Jenner Headlands, The Wildlands Conservancy and the Sonoma Land Trust have hosted between 500-700 people on the property each year through our guided hikes program and stewardship workdays. Our ongoing hike program consists of staff-led hikes conducted by a variety of organizations, including The Wildlands Conservancy, the Sonoma Land Trust, LandPaths, CoastWalk, Stewards of the Coast and Redwoods, the California Native Plant Society, the Sierra Club, as well as various local hiking clubs. The guided hikes have allowed us to fulfill the primary goal of acquisition -- to protect and enhance the natural and cultural resources of the property -- while we have been hard at work planning for a safe access point to the Preserve where people can come out and hike on their own on designated trails. 

The Preserve is large but only reaches a public road that can provide safe access for visitors along the coast. After consulting with local community members, user groups, and local park groups and agencies, the most suitable and safest spot to access the property is along State Highway 1. We are currently working with Caltrans and the Sonoma County Permit and Resource Management Department to approve our plans for a Highway 1 parking lot. We have also begun the task of fundraising for the parking lot’s construction costs.

The parking lot will be located about 1.5 miles north of the town of Jenner. It will consist of 30 parking spaces and will include an ADA-trail that will travel along the old railroad grade that was originally created back in the early 1900s as a way to haul redwood timber out to schooners waiting in the nearby rugged and rocky coves. Along the trail, a restroom will be tucked away into an old rock quarry where a section of hillside was removed when the railroad was originally created. Close by will be a day-use area with picnic tables and information kiosks highlighting the natural and cultural history of the Preserve and providing visitors with a map of designated trails.  From this trailhead hikers will be able hike up into the Preserve and experience and explore the Preserve.  We are looking forward to the day we can welcome everyone to come up and experience this incredible part of the Sonoma Coast.


To Learn More: As we have done every year for the past six years, we will provide a presentation of last year's accomplishments and talk about what's in store for 2015, highlighting our progress towards providing a safe and enjoyable experience for visitors. The presentation will take place at the Jenner Community Club in the town of Jenner Saturday, March 14th from 4:30-6pm. To learn more about his project, please feel free to download the "Jenner Headlands Integrated Resource Management Plan," one of our FACT sheets, or one of our past newsletters. All this information can be found on our website: