Summer - 6 a.m. to sunset; Winter - 8 a.m. to sunset
$7 per vehicle or $1 per person for vehicles with 10 or more people. 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. Bicycles are not allowed on Bluff Top Trail. 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 between Walk On Beach and Gualala Point Regional Park. Parallels the coastline, winding through windswept woods and fields dotted with wildflowers and passing oceanfront homes. Views of sea cliffs and hidden inlets and vantage points for birding and whale-watching.
- 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