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The status of the Russian River’s mouth will determine the coastal walker’s route through Section 9. It’s an open or shut case. If the mouth is open to the sea, the CCT hiker must take Highway 1 to cross the bridge at Bridgehaven. But usually the mouth is closed in summer by sand, and the best route is the more direct one along the beach to (from) Goat Rock. [Jon Breyfogle]