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Welcome! Whether you are walking the trails or taking a virtual tour, here are some suggestions to help in navigating the route and visiting the local area.

WHERE TO START & DIRECTIONS: Your self-guided tour begins at the main entry doors to the Sea Ranch Lodge located at 60 Sea Walk Drive, The Sea Ranch, CA.

WHEN TO TAKE THE TOUR: The self-guided tour may be taken any day of the week. However, the route is located in a rural area without street or trail lighting, hence the tour should be taken only during daylight hours.

TOUR ROUTE: Much of the self-guided tour can be traversed on Public Access or Sea Ranch Lodge trails (Segments A, B, D), allowing members of the public to learn about this beautiful coastal site, the nature and intent of the architecture and planning of The Sea Ranch, as well as the stewardship that The Sea Ranch Association provides for this remarkable section of the California Coast.

However, in Segment C the tour continues onto the private roads and trails of The Sea Ranch Association, where only Association members, their guests, and Sea Ranch Lodge guests are permitted entry. Refer to the MAP to determine your route.

DOCENT-GUIDED TOURS: For public visitors who would like to complete the entire tour route including some of the private roads and trails of The Sea Ranch Association, there is a docent program available by appointment - submit the Docent Request Form. Please note: with a docent-guided tour, participants will still need a mobile device for listening to the audio or a printed Guide [from Download page].

TOUR SEGMENTS AND PHOTOS: The tour is divided into four Segments A,B,C,D. Each number on the Map (A1, A2...through D8) represents a photograph, numbered in the sequence that they appear. The first photograph in each segment will help you to be sure you're in the right place for starting that segment of the tour. Subsequent photographs will show things along the way or will add information to what you can see from the trail. Information photographs are labeled with an H to indicate that they are either historical photographs, showing the place as it once was (as in A4H, a photograph taken shortly after the first buildings were built), or they may be views that show aspects of the building that are private and cannot be seen from the trails (as in A10H, the courtyard of Condominium One).

Generally it will make sense to follow the sequence indicated. However you may take the Tour Segments in any order that you please, but please always stay on the trails.

WALK LENGTH: The entire tour route will take approximately 2 hours.

PUBLIC PARKING: Available at both the Sea Ranch Lodge and at the nearby Sonoma County Black Point Public Access parking lot (closes at sunset).

WHAT TO BRING: Your mobile device or printed Guide, the Map (access via your mobile device or print a copy), trail-worthy shoes, and a warm jacket for windy days.

LOCAL AREA: Opportunities for public recreation include Gualala Point Regional Park and Sonoma County Access Trails. The town of Gualala is located on Highway 1, nine miles north of the Sea Ranch Lodge, where markets, restaurants and gas stations can be found.

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.
  • While relatively flat, the trails do include some uneven terrain - wear trail-worthy shoes.
  • 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 to conform with Sonoma County law.
  • Smoking and campfires are prohibited - dry forest and grasslands are an extreme wildfire risk.
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