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Sea Ranch and Gualala Point Regional Park Beaches

Sonoma County



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Sea Ranch Beaches

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.

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.

Public Access Hours and Parking Fees

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.

Walk on Beach

Walk on Beach, Sea Ranch, CA

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.

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.

Walk on Beach map, Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, CA


Shell Beach

Shell Beach, Sea Ranch, CA

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. There is a ramp to launch small boats by hand.

Shell Beach map, Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, CA

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Stengel Beach

Stengel Beach, Sea Ranch, CA

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. Steep stairs make the final descent to the sand. Rocky points guard either end of the beach and rocks offshore provide dramatic scenes of crashing. A small, season waterfall cascades onto the beach.

Location:

South of Navigators Reach and north of Annapolis Roach, 1.6 miles north of Sea Ranch Lodge.

Stengel Beach map, Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, CA

Pebble Beach

Pebble Beach, Sea Ranch, CA

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.

Location:

South of Navigators Reach and north of Annapolis Roach, 1.6 miles north of Sea Ranch Lodge.

Pebble Beach map, Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, CA

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Black Point Beach

Black Point Beach, Sea Ranch, CA

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.

Black Point Beach map, Sea Ranch, Sonoma County, CA


Gualala Point Regional Park

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.

map of Gualala Point Regional Park, Sonoma County, CA

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Gualala Point Regional Park

Location

42401 Highway 1
Gualala, CA
(707) 785-2377
Operated by Sonoma County Parks

Park Hours and Fees

Summer: 6 AM to sunset
Winter: 8 AM to sunset
Day-use fee: $7

Main Attractions

Facilities and Services

Hazards Include

Accessibility

Regulations (partial list)

  1. Dogs must be on leash no longer than 6'.
  2. All natural features are protected.
  3. No fires or glass on the beach.
  4. Alcohol is only allowed in campsites.



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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
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