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Stand on the Edge of the Continent
      Climb high in your car along the giant masses of rock and dirt pushed up out of the earth's crust by the forces of tectonic plates. As you cut back and forth the coastline stretches out beneath you then is hidden as you drive behind some hills and into the the parking lot of the Vista Trail. The drive up gives a taste of the landscape but the full impact is yet to come. From your hidden point at the parking lot take the trail out along the bluff. The suspense builds with each turn along the trail, more and more is revealed. Finally, at just the right moment, you reach the end of the bluff and stand in awe of the view. This is the edge of the continent.

Getting there: the Vista Trail is located along Highway One a little ways north of Jenner and the mouth of the Russian River. View map.

The vista trail trail head. Learn about the geography, history and wildlife.
Looking north along the coast from the parking lot.
Coast highway 1 heading up to the vista trail parking lot.
You can just see the trail in the bottom of the photo. The trail goes out and around a bluff overlooking the mouth of the Russian River to the south.
This photo is taken half-way down the trail towards the head head of the bluff. In the distance is the mouth of the river and a great view of the coast to the south.

Scattered along the trail are secluded picnic tables. A great romantic location or fun to bring the whole family.
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