Thursday, November 29, 2018

STILLWATER COVE 3 (NEW)




Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:25 and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:40. Hikers with County Regional Park passes should drive. Please carpool as parking spaces on the first part are limited. First we will drive to the day use area and park. We will hike through the beautiful forested canyon, and up the "dead end" trail and back and down along the river until the normal crossing spot. Due to the rains (and the bridge being out) we did not cross but retraced our path along the river and down to the Cove.  We returned to cars and drove north to hiked the two bluff sections of the trail.  Dogs allowed on leash and hiking sticks helpful for a few steep spots and river crossing.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner 

Mileage: 4 
photos contributed  by: Harmony & Mary Sue

Thursday, November 15, 2018

SEA FOREST AND BLUFF TRAILS

Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:45 and meet at the Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:00. We will take the trail from the parking lot to Moonraker Road and cross highway 1. From there we will take an immediate right at trail post 220 and enter the new Sea Forest Trail,which has a creek and a seasonal waterfall.  Take trail post 219 to the bench at the end of the trail and admire the spectacular view of the coast. We will retrace our steps, cross back over highway 1 and head north toward the Moonraker Rec Center. At trail post 3C we will head toward the bluff, turning south at trail post 3. We will return to the lodge via the bluff trail for lunch.
Leader: Laura Bridge

Mileage: 4.3
photos contributed by Mary Sue & Bob R.

Thursday, November 8, 2018

JENNER HEADLANDS PRESERVE (NEW)

Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:15 to carpool to the Jenner Headlands Preserve (two miles north of the town of Jenner on the east side of Highway 1). The Headlands are known for raptor and whale watching along the Pacific flyway with spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Russian River, and the mouth of the river. The entire hike is approx. 4 miles. We'll hike mostly uphill for the first 1.5 miles on Raptor Ridge Trail to the ranger station with frequent stops to catch our breath and to appreciate the breathless views. We'll eat lunch on picnic tables at the ranger station. After lunch we'll hike along Raptor Ridge and take Sea to Sky Trail back to the parking lot. Near the bottom of the trail we'll stop for about 15 minutes at Telescope Hill for the amazing view and a bit of meditation. The entire hike is about 2 to 2.5 hours. Bring your binoculars for bird and whale watching. There is a portable toilet at the parking lot and one at the ranger station. We'll get back to Gualala about 2:30 p.m.
Leader: Joel Chaban

photos contributed by Mary Sue and Bob R.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

CHAPEL TO WHITE BARN

 

Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50 and start at the Sea Ranch chapel at 10:00. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Go south on to the firebreak and cross Hwy 1 at the hole in the fence. Take Frontage Trail almost to the White Barn. Walk on the feeder trail to the Blufftop Trail. Walk north until you reach the Shell Beach public access trail, take it to Pacific Reach and from there back to Frontage and return.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

Mileage: 4.2
photos contributed by Mary Sue and Bob R.

Thursday, October 25, 2018

A NEW VIEW OF STORNETTA LANDS



Meet at 10:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 10:30 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at Point Arena City Hall at 11:00. We will start on the trail closest to City Hall and then walk the road out to the bluff for some lovely views before heading towards the pier and then taking a different trail back to City Hall.
Leader: Mary Heibel
Mileage: 4.0 
photos contributed by Bob R, Mary Sue & Harmony

Thursday, October 18, 2018

STUMP BEACH & GERSTLE COVE (new)


Meet at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at The Sea Ranch Lodge to carpool to the Stump Beach parking area. We will start the hike at approx. 10:00. We will follow the trail down to Stump Beach, crossing the stream and heading up the other side to the southern bluff tops. We will meander along the bluffs taking in the views and wildlife along the way. We will pass through the Gerstle Cove camping grounds, cross Highway 1, and walk through forested land. We will cross Highway 1 again and walk the shoulder of the highway until we turn off to return to Stump Beach where we will have our lunch and then return to the cars.  This hike is slightly longer and has a bit more elevation change than our usual hikes. The bluff part of this hike is relatively flat but the trail down and up from the beach and the trail on the east side of the highway are steep and walking sticks are recommended. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
(A group of hikers chose to repeat the bluff portion and met the rest of the group at Stump Beach)
Leader: Darlene Gorman
Mileage: 4.2
photos contributed by Bob R, Gary B, and Harmony