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Visiting The Sea Ranch

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Members of the public may enjoy The Sea Ranch by visiting the public beaches and public access trails, or by renting a house from any of several rental agencies. You might consider staying at the Sea Ranch Lodge or playing golf at the Sea Ranch Golf Links. The public is welcome to visit the Sea Ranch Chapel, located at mile marker 55.5 on Highway 1.

Visitors are asked to remember that The Sea Ranch is a community of private homes. Please respect private property and the privacy and peace of the residents. All Sea Ranch roads, most facilities, and most trails are private: for use only by owners, renters, and their guests.

Public Beaches and Trails

Sonoma County Regional Parks manages six public access trails on The Sea Ranch, each leading to a separate area of the coast. Public trails listed below start at Highway 1 parking areas (see mile markers indicated) and cross bluff-top meadows and forests to the rugged coastline. Cliffside staircases lead to secluded beaches with sandy coves, tide pools, and rock formations. Restrooms are available in parking areas. Keep dogs on leash in all areas, including the beach. Please stay on marked public access trails, as all other paths and roads within The Sea Ranch are privately owned and not for public use.

Get your own Trails Map at The Sea Ranch Association office located at 975 Annapolis Road, The Sea Ranch, and enjoy a hike to the beach. For more information, see a listing of Sonoma County Regional Parks.

  • Black Point: Steep staircase to 1/4 mile-long sandy beach with dramatic waves. Mile marker 50.85.
  • Pebble Beach: Small sheltered cove with tidepools. Mile marker 52.29.
  • Stengel Beach: Small rocky beach with stairs that end on a large rock; waterfall after rains. Mile marker 53.96.
  • Shell Beach: Sea stacks and tidepools; logs to sit on; ramp to walk small boats to the ocean. Mile marker 55.54.
  • Walk-On Beach: Wheelchair and stroller accessible, but it's a hard push through sandy spots; a sandy beach. Mile Marker 56.48.
  • Bluff Trail (3 miles from Walk-On Beach to Gualala Point Park).

What's Happening on the Coast? (Local Calendars)
Activities for Children

Information for Abalone Divers
Tidelands Regulations

Shellfish Hotline: 1-800-553-4133 This toll-free line maintained by the California Department of Public Health advises the public of quarantines that prohibit the harvesting of shell fish. The quarantines are issued to prevent human illness and death caused by paralytic and amnesic shellfish poisoning.

Self-Guided Walking Tours on The Sea Ranch

Renting a House

Use a search engine to locate a rental agency serving Sea Ranch owners. Renters are guests of the home owner and, as such, may use the private facilities and trails of The Sea Ranch. Of most interest to renters are the trails, beaches, and recreational centers with swimming and tennis. Stop by the Association office on Annapolis Road to obtain trail maps and information about the natural environment. Your rental agency will supply information about recreational facilities. (See also Information for Renters and Visitors.)

The Sea Ranch Lodge

The Sea Ranch Lodge currently has 20 rooms, a restaurant and bar, gift shop, and dramatic hiking trail down to Black Point. It hosts many weddings, parties, and meetings. Visit their website for more information.

The Sea Ranch Golf Links

A Scottish-style course with a dramatic setting on the ocean, the Sea Ranch Golf Links course was designed by Robert Muir Graves. See their website for more information.

Other Amenities in the Local Area

To view descriptions and links to recreational and other types of amenities in the local area - click here.

The Sea Ranch Trails Code

  • Trail use is a privilege.
  • Respect the people, the land, and the sea.
  • Protect wildlife and plants.
  • Safeguard streams, tidepools, beaches, and ponds.
  • Honor the property of others.
  • Go gently and stay on trails.
  • Keep horses under control.
  • Keep dogs on leash; remove their droppings.
  • No bicycle riding on Bluff Trail.
  • No smoking on commons.
  • Be responsible for your own safety.

Safety

  • You are responsible for your own safety.
  • Ticks and Poison Oak
  • Keep an eye on the ocean! Incoming tides will rapidly inundate beaches and rocky ledges. Watch for sleeper waves.
  • Bluff edges frequently crumble and are extremely dangerous.
  • No bicycle riding on the Bluff Trail.
  • No motorized vehicle on any trail.
  • Keep pets on a leash--it's the law.
  • Fire: During the fire season, dry forest and grasslands are an extreme wildfire risk. Smoking and fires on common areas are prohibited.
  • Hunting or discharge of firearms is prohibited.

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