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Historic Marker 34A-12: Site of Klamath Sinking

The Sea Ranch Historic Markers

In recognition of the complex and varied history of this unique and beautiful place, The Sea Ranch Archives Committee has completed a project to place informative markers on Sea Ranch trails. These marker posts document our history and identify some of the significant sites on The Sea Ranch.

This contribution to The Sea Ranch 50th Birthday Celebration is made possible by generous grants from the Sonoma County Landmarks Commission, The Sea Ranch Foundation and an outpouring of support by Sea Ranch owners, current and former.

Informative redwood markers identify sites of historical significance on The Sea Ranch. In addition to the sign, a text-based QR code provides an expanded description that you can read with a Smartphone QR code reader.

The sites represent what was going on at that specific location during the second half of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th. They provide information explaining the significance of each site.

For a fascinating and complete description of each of the nine historic sites with public access, and the events and people they evoke, read Harry Lindstrom's brochure (click on the following link to view the PDF):

Preserving Sea Ranch History: A Historical Journey on our Trails, May 2014

Map: Coastal Public Access Trails showing locations of nine Historic Markers

Printed copies of the brochure are available for sale from the Archives Committee or The Sea Ranch Association office at 975 Annapolis Road, The Sea Ranch, CA.

The Sea Ranch is a unique community association encompassing ten miles of beautiful Sonoma County coastline in northern California. Located about 100 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge, The Sea Ranch was planned to harmonize with the natural setting and the building traditions of the region. It is internationally known for its distinctive architecture, the sensitivity of its land planning, and community-based stewardship of the natural environment. This community of private homes features over 2,200 acres of commons, a 50-mile trail system, and a variety of facilities for
Member and Guest use.


To view the nine Historic Markers identified in this brochure, the Sonoma County Regional Parks provides limited public parking at the trailheads of the following public access trails:

  • Gualala Point Regional Park (Bluff Trail) - Historic Markers #1-6 and #12
  • Stengel Beach - Historic Marker #16
  • Black Point - Historic Marker #24

Please note that the seven most northern historic markers with public access may be hiked on one continuous trail, while the two southern ones must each be accessed separately.

Parking lots are open during daylight hours only and close at sunset. Parking fees may apply. RVs and trailers are not allowed in the parking lots. See Sonoma County Regional Parks website for information and use restrictions.

Use Restrictions

Out of respect for Association members, this beautiful environment and your personal safety, please observe the following practices during your visit:

  • Stay on marked public access trails as all other paths and roads within The Sea Ranch are privately owned and not for public use.
  • Exercise caution: bluff edges are dangerous and frequently crumble.
  • No bicycle riding on the Bluff Trail; no motorized vehicles on ANY trail
  • Keep dogs on leash at all times, including at the beach.
  • Smoking and campfires are prohibited - dry forest and grasslands are an extreme wildfire risk.

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