Summer - 6 a.m. to sunset; Winter - 8 a.m. to sunset
Free. Parking lot is clearly marked on the west side of Highway 1. Visitors should use caution entering and exiting lot. Limited parking available.
Licensed dogs allowed on leash no longer than 6 feet.
Please stay on marked public access trails as other paths and roads within The Sea Ranch are privately owned. Campfires are not allowed on beach. RVs and trailers are not allowed in the parking lot.
Sonoma County Regional Parks manages six
public access trails in The Sea Ranch, a private community south of
Gualala. Trails start at Highway 1 parking areas and cross bluff-top
meadows and forests to rugged coastline. Cliffside staircases lead to
secluded beaches with sandy coves, tide pools, and rock formations. In
addition to hiking, these public access points offer opportunities for diving,
fishing, boating, and wildlife viewing.
The Sea Ranch public access trails (north to south):
- Bluff Top Trail - 3 miles one way - Runs along the headlands from Walk On Beach to Gualala Point Regional Park.
- Walk on Beach Trail - .25 miles one way - Passes through a large Monterey cypress grove to a quarter-mile beach reached by a bluff-top staircase.
- Shell Beach Trail
- .65 miles one way - Runs through pines and meadow to a wide, sandy
beach with sea rocks and tide pools. Small boats can be carried to the
ocean via a beach ramp.
- Stengel Beach Trail - .12 miles one way - Short path lined with cypress trees leads to a
wooden staircase and a small beach. Look for seasonal waterfalls on the
cliffs. Stengel has largest parking area of the public trails, with room
for a dozen cars.
Beach Trail - .27 miles one way – Weaves through pines and meadow to a sandy cove reached by stairs.
- Black Point Trail - .25 miles one way – Crosses the bluffs to a curving, quarter-mile beach reached by a steep, wooden staircase. Known to surfers, this beach is just north of Black Point, a cape that juts out about 250 yards from the shore.