Walk On Beach Sea Ranch Access Trail

40101 Highway 1, Sea Ranch

  • Beaches
  • Birding
  • Hiking/Walking Trails

Hours: Summer - 6 a.m. to sunset; Winter - 8 a.m. to sunset

Parking: $7 per vehicle for day use. $1 per person for vehicles with 10 or more people. The trailhead is clearly marked on the west side of Highway 1. Visitors should use caution entering and exiting these parking lots.

Dogs: Permitted on leash no longer than 6 feet. License required.

Restrictions: Please stay on the marked public access trails as the 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.

Ranger Phone: (707) 785-2377

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. 

Walk On Beach Trail connects to Bluff Top Trail, which leads south to Walk On Beach. Public access to this beach was closed for years due to trail erosion, but repairs were completed in July of 2014 and access is fully restored.

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 grove of Monterey cypress to a wide, sandy, quarter-mile beach reached via a bluff-top staircase. From Walk on Beach Trail, hikers can follow Bluff Top Trail north to Gualala Point Regional Park.
  • Shell Beach Trail - .65 miles one way - Wide sandy beach dotted with sea rocks and tide pools. Ramp to walk small boats to the ocean.
  • Stengel Beach Trail - .12 miles one way - Small sandy beach reached by a steep staircase. Look for seasonal waterfalls spilling over the bluff. Stengel has the largest parking lot of the public trails, with room for a dozen cars.
  • Pebble Beach Trail - .27 miles one way – Small sandy cove reached by a steep staircase.
  • Black Point Trail - .25 miles one way – Long, curving beach reached by a steep staircase.
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