42401 Highway 1
Operated by Sonoma County Parks
Summer: 6 AM to sunset
Winter: 8 AM to sunset
Day-use fee: $7
Caution: Check with rangers or lifeguards that conditions are safe for your planned activities.
There is also a trail leading out of Gualala Point Regional Park. Public access on the beaches along the Sea Ranch coast extends to the foot of the bluff or to the first line of vegetation. Most of the roads and trails in Sea Ranch are private property. Visitors should, of course, be respectful of private property rights.
Hours: Summer hours are from 6:00 AM to sunset, winter from 8:00 AM to sunset.
Parking Fees: $7 per vehicles or $1 per person for vehicles holding more than 9.
Sea Ranch is a private community of homes and condominiums that spreads along 10 miles of coast in northern Sonoma County. Sea Ranch buildings are known for their distinctive architecture which blends in with the tradition of coastal farms and ranches.
While much of the land at Sea Ranch is private property, there are five public parking areas and access pathways staggered along the length of the community which allow public access to five beaches. These are operated by Sonoma County Parks. Beside each parking lot is a restroom.
The quarter-mile-long trail to Walk on Beach passes through a stand of Monterey cypress before descending a stairway from the bluff down to the sand. The trail also connects with Bluff Top Trail, another public access route. Bluff Top Trail winds along the coast to the north for 3 miles where it connects with Gualala Point Regional Park.
South of Deer Trail, north of Leeward Spur, 6.1 miles north of Sea Ranch Lodge.
In 2003, trail erosion closed the trail to Walk on Beach, but in the summer of 2014 repairs were finally completed and the trail re-opened.
The black sand at Pebble Beach draws hikers and anglers, along with beach combers and birders. The quarter-mile long trail leads through a meadow and descends stairs to the beach. Visitors enjoy a nice sandy beach interrupted by occasional rocks. Sea stacks rise out of the water. At low tide the tide pools are fun to investigate.
South of Whale Bone Reach, north of Deerfield Road, 4.75 miles north of Sea Ranch Lodge.
This little beach is a favorite along the Sea Ranch coast. The short trail from the parking lot off Wild Iris makes for quick access. Stairs provide the final descent to the sand. Rocky points guard either end of the beach and rocks offshore display dramatic scenes of crashing waves. A small, seasonal waterfall cascades onto the beach.
Between Pine Meadow Road and Long Meadow Road, off Wild Iris, 3.3 miles north of Sea Ranch Lodge.
The black sand at Pebble Beach draws hikers and anglers, along with beach combers and birders. The quarter-mile long trail leads through a meadow and descends stairs to the beach in a small, sheltered cove. Tide pools are great to explore during low tides.
South of Navigators Reach and north of Annapolis Road, 1.75 miles north of Sea Ranch Lodge.
The trail to Black Point Beach crosses the flat bluff and then accesses the beach via a steep stairway. The beach is popular with surfers, sun bathers, beach combers, and many others. To the south of the beach, Black Point juts into the ocean.
0.1 miles north of Sea Ranch Lodge.
Gualala Point Regional Park features a paved, wheelchair accessible walkway running from the parking lot out to the edge of the beach. Other trails in park lead out to a popular whale watching viewpoint. Gualala Point itself is actually south of the area shown on our map, inside Sea Ranch. The Bluff Trail is a public access leading 3 miles south through Sea Ranch to Walk on Beach.
A Visitor Center next to the parking lot is staffed by volunteers and is open on weekends in the summer. The Gualala River Estuary is a popular spot for kayaking and fishing. Be prepared for mosquitoes along the river. The ocean beach is a wonderful place to visit but too dangerous for swimming or wading.
California State Parks and Recreation cautions that "large surf, cold water temperatures, backwash, sudden drop-offs, pounding shorebreak, and dangerous rip currents can turn what seem like safe activities such as playing near the surf line, wading, or climbing on rock outcroppings, deadly." Learn more about ocean safety at CA State Parks: Ocean Safety