Historical Schedule

February 6, 2014 STORNETTA - POINT ARENA PUBLIC LANDS
Meet at 9:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 10:00 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool or at the entrance to Stornetta Public Lands where Lighthouse Road turns right towards the Lighthouse at 10:30. Walk the spectacular bluff toward the old Coast Guard Loran site (now owned by Mendocino Community College) seeing blow holes, sink holes, islands, waves and enter the new acquired public lands to view this spectacular spot. After we have walked about an hour, we will turn around and retrace our steps finding a suitable spot for lunch along the way. Note that much of this is cross country over undeveloped trails on uneven ground that has been grazed so you have to watch where you step.
Leader: Mary Sue Ittner

February 13, 2014 AIRPORT ROUNDABOUT: FLY CLOUD, DEEP WOODS, SEA RIDGE
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:00 at Jane Seck's house at 304 Spar Close. Turn on Annapolis Road from Highway One, left on Sea Ridge, left on Pilot's Reach, left on Spar Close. Start at the end of Spar Close; right on Pilot's Reach; right on Sea Ridge Road. Continue on Sea Ridge across Annapolis, where it becomes Timber Ridge. Walk Timber Ridge, Fly Cloud, Westgate Drive to Timber Ridge. Continue along the trail until Verdant View, cross Annapolis and turn right on the trail a short distance to Timber Ridge, where you turn left. Walk along Timber Ridge turning right on River Beach Road, to Deep Woods Drive, right on East Ridge Road to post 311, left on trail to post 313 left on Timber Ridge, right on Spring Meadow, left on Sea Ridge. Turn right on Pilot's Reach, then left on Spar Close. We will eat our lunch at Jane's house after we hike.
Leader: Jane Seck

February 20, 2014  PLANTATION TRAIL - BRUCE JOHNSON STUDIO
Meet at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:30.  Drive to the entrance to Salt Point Park on Sea View Road . Enter the park on the trail, turning right on the Plantation Trail when you come to it. Walk to Kruse Ranch Road, turn right and walk up the hill to Seaview Road and return to cars along the road. If we have been lucky enough to have a lot of rain we may modify this to a road hike on Sea View Road as the Plantation Trail can be muddy in winter. Afterwards we will drive to Bruce Johnson's studio where we will have a tour of works in progress and eat our lunches. Visiting Bruce has always been a treat in the past. We haven't visited him in almost 10 years and he has many new works in progress for us to see. To learn more:
http://formandenergy.com
Leader: Mary Sue Ittner

February 27, 2014 POMO TRAILS AND FOREST
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50. Meet at Dard's (205 Screech Owl, Sea Ranch) at 10:00. It's East on Halcyon (North end of Sea Ranch) North on Deer Trail, West on Screech Owl.  Starting on Screech Owl, do entire Pomo Creekside Trail. Turn left on Deer Trail and walk until you catch the Pomo Hillside Trail.  As this trail exits to Deer Trail take the Badger Trail to the dirt road, turn left and after a few hundred feet take unofficial trail to right through the grass and over a flattened to the ground barbed wire fence to the county campground road. Turn to the right and walk to the campground. At the bottom of hill take unofficial trail heading toward river and explore this beautiful area. Reverse and start back. Cover the route taken inbound to dirt road, turn right to Post 152 turning left on Haversack connector trail.  Take it exiting on cul-de-sac which traverse turning right on Deer Trail.  Turn in on Pomo Creekside trail and return to beginning. Lunch at Dard's at the end.
Leader: Dard Hunter

March 6, 2014 HARRIS RANCH ROAD AND FROG SONG GARDEN
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of the bridge at 9:30 or at Bower Park at 9:40. We will meet at Bill Clement's house at 10:00. He will lead us on a walk on the road that borders his property and perhaps on his property as well. Afterwards we will drive to Frog Song Garden, Sandy Scott's amazing garden for a tour. You can read more about her and her garden here:
http://www.gualalaarts.org/Events/2010-07GardenGuildLuncheon.html
Afterwards we will eat our lunches. Sandy's garden has been featured in the Garden Conservancy Open Days and she has also created a lovely small area for her grandchildren out of recycled materials that is fun to see. There will be a lot of inviting places in her garden where we can eat our lunches.
Leader: Bill Clement

March 13, 2014 BIG TREE AND WHITE FIR TRAILS
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:45. Start at Big Tree Close and Timber Ridge Road at hike marker 122 at 10 a.m. Please bring hang tags for non Sea Ranchers. Pass marker 116.  At marker 111 take left fork.  Follow trail to marker 104 which ends at Longmeadow. Go through gate and turn right back onto a forest path.  Continue on this trail, past the Sag Pond.  The path eventually joins the main trail again at marker 110.  Continue back along trail until marker 117. Walk west to marker 118. We will loop down to post 267 and the bench (with a great view) for lunch continuing back up the Big Tree Loop to marker 120 after lunch. Afterwards follow the upper portion of the Big Tree Loop Trail to marker 120. Exit at 123 at Big Tree Close and return to parking area on Timber Ridge.
Leaders:  Dave and Diana Bower

March 20, 2014  OHLSON RANCH TO BLUFF
Carpool at 10:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge. Start at the Ohlson Ranch parking area at 11:00 (just south of the white barn). Hang tags needed. Hike to the Bluff Trail at post 21 and head north for lunch at One-Eyed Jacks. Retrace steps stopping for cormorant viewing at the overlook near post #31, taking Cormorant close and walking through hedge row to Breaker Meadow Trail. Take it back to the barn and the Ohlson Center.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

March 27, 2014 KRUSE RANCH ROAD TO PLANTATION
Carpool at 10:00 at pullout for the Gualala business directory north of bridge, or at the Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:15. Shortly after entering Salt Point State Park, drivers from the north should prepare to turn left on Kruse Ranch Road and drive to the official parking area for Kruse Reserve.  Hike will begin from the Kruse parking area at 10:30. We will hike up the gravel road all the way to Plantation. The ascent is gradual, but the gravel large and often sharp, so sturdy shoes are recommended. In the late nineteenth century, Plantation was an important destination for travelers from San Francisco on their way to Gualala. Now there is a summer camp at our destination. We will eat lunch on the porch and steps next to the museum. After lunch it is all downhill. The views are spectacular. We will have views into deep forested canyons. This hike is a bit longer than our regular hikes, about five miles, but the rewards are great.
Leader: Jim Suhr

April 3, 2014 OHLSON RANCH LOOP & POTLUCK
Meet at 9:40 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Linda's house: 37677 White Barn at 9:50. Non-Sea Rancher's will need hang tags. We will leave our food for a potluck at Linda's. Hike starts around 10:00 a.m. Walk from Linda's to Ohlson Ranch and take the trail behind Ohlson Ranch that parallels Highway 1, connecting with bike path to Navigators Reach. Turn right onto Navigators Reach and left on Sculpture Point Drive to end, pick up trail which connects you to Sea Gate Road. Turn right on Sea Meadow Drive where you pick up the first trail on the right (marker 7B.) Follow through hedgerow and markers 7C and 7D, talking trail to connect to bluff trail at marker 8.  Head north on bluff trail until you get to marker 22 exiting at Wild Iris and back to Linda's for lunch.
Leader:  Linda Kennedy

April 10, 2014 TIN BARN ROAD TO KING RIDGE ROAD
Meet at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:30. From Skagg's Spring Road turn on Tin Barn Road. Park below Odiyon. Walk to King Ridge Road and back, lunching at the end where there are logs along the road you can sit on. This is a road hike, but with lovely green vistas in the winter and glimpses of the Buddhist Temple on the return.
Leaders:  Ken and Marian Brown

April 17, 2014 HORSESHOE COVE--SALT POINT NORTH
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:15. Park at MM 44.00 at Salt Point. The turnoff is tricky; turnoff at MM44 even though the sign says Turnout 1/4 mile. This hike is quite steep in places so hiking sticks and boots are recommended. Hike on the trail staying right at the fork until you go over the crest of the hill and have a beautiful view of Horseshoe Cove. Descend sharply until you reach the Bluff. Walk south along the bluff until about 11:30 and retrace your steps until we reach a magical rock formation for lunch. The return to the cars after lunch will be uphill, but this is a gorgeous spot so worth the effort.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

April 24, 2014 ALDER CREEK - MANCHESTER STATE BEACH
Meet at 9:05 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:15. The hike starts at the public access from Highway One on about mile marker 22.27 at 9:45. We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road, then turn directly left and park on the road that parallels Highway One. We will walk down the road where it is closed until we come to the trail that leads to the environmental campground hoping to see wildflowers and walk back via the beach if we can. We may change the direction of the hike depending on the wind. We will have lunch afterwards at Beverley Thompson's lovely garden to view spring flowers (Rhododendrons and Azaleas to name a few.)
Leaders: Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner

KRUSE RHODODENDRON STATE RESERVE - May 1, 2014
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, or at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:00. Shortly after entering Salt Point State Park, drivers from the north should prepare to turn left on Kruse Ranch Road, just before Fisk Mill Cove. There is just a short drive to the official parking area. No fees and no passes required. Hike will begin from the Kruse parking area at 10:15. We will hike the short Rhododendron trail connecting with Phillips Gulch Trail and return on the Chinese Gulch Trail. This is only a 2.5 mile hike. The first part is mostly up and the second part is mostly down. This is a spectacular area. Dogs are not allowed on the Kruse trails.
Leaders: Ken and Marian Brown

RUSSIAN GULCH STATE PARK- WATERFALL - May 8, 2014
Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool to Russian Gulch State Park. This is a LONG drive for us - approx. 1 hour 15 minutes to the north to get to our starting spot. In addition to being a longer drive than usual the hike may be slightly longer too. Take road 409 (north of Mendocino) to the east until the pavement ends and park there. Enter through the "Horse Camp" gate on the right and proceed to waterfall via the a loop.  This hike is a beautiful hike, mostly forest and there is a fair amount of hiking up and down so boots and hiking sticks are recommended. We plan to eat our lunch at the waterfall. Carpools in agreement can stop at Frankie's for icecream as a reward after the hike.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

BLACK & BIHLER FLOWERS AND BLUFF WALK - May 15, 2014
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 be exploring the marvelous wildflower displays this time of the year on the Black and Bihler footpaths, then hike north on the Bluff Trail. At Post 7 we will take Sea Meadow Trail, and when it intersects with the Bluff Trail at Post 8 we will turn south. Depending on weather, lunch at either Black Point Beach or the old barn, where weddings are often held. May need to modify route if windy.
Leader: Jane Seck 

SALT POINT LOOP  - May 22, 2014
Carpool at 9:30 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:45. Park at the call box parking area one-half mile south of Stump Beach on the east side of HWY 1 (south of MM 41.00). Take trail on east side of the highway up to the first fork.  Turn right and follow the trail until you come out at the highway. Cross the highway and take the road to the campground (where there will be bathrooms we can use.) From there we will hike down the hill turning right on the road to the Visitor Center. Pass it and go onto the headlands. Hike north on the bluff all the way to a rock outcropping in line with the call box on the highway, then continue for another few minutes toward Stump Beach.  There have lunch seated on some wonderful rock ledges, watch the crashing surf and see the salt pockets after which Salt Point was named at Glen's Spot.  After lunch continue on the trail to the Highway and carefully walk back to the cars. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails. Walking sticks are a good idea. This is potentially a bit longer hike, but it has both forest and bluff and a wonderful lunch spot.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

CHAPEL AND AZALEA TRAILS -  May 29, 2014
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool or at the Sea Ranch chapel at 10:00. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Walk north along the Chapel Trail through meadow, forest and ravine. Return on the Azalea Trail, which leads to the Chapel Trail; follow it south back to the Chapel. There are moderate elevation changes on this hike. Those who want to can use the bench or the rock wall close to the chapel as a place for lunch at the end.
Leader: Dard Hunter

STORNETTA LANDS OCEAN VIEWS NORTH - June 5, 2014
Meet at 10:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and meet at 10:30 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool. Park in front of the Lighthouse north of Point Arena. The walk begins at 10:50 by following the bluffs to the north/east and following the Garcia River upstream (via the bluffs).  We will lunch on the bluffs overlooking the Garcia River.  We will return via the pasture and through the gate and back on the road to our cars.  The views and wildflowers could be lovely (this hike can be windy).  Note the ground may be uneven due to cow walking/grazing so sticks are recommended.
Leaders: John and Lynn Walton

LONGMEADOW TRAIL/BLUFFTOP TRAIL LOOP  - June 12, 2014
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge or meet at 10:00 at Ohlson Ranch Center (just south of the white barn). Hang tags needed. Walk south on trail between the highway and the Ohlson Ranch Center.  Cross the highway at Headlands Reach and take an immediate left on a trail off Headlands Close (mm 53.00). Upon reaching Longmeadow Trail follow it south and up hill. At a trail crossing take a right on Spur Close Trail.  This trail goes downhill almost to Spur Close in order to go around trees along a creek, then uphill again through a wooded area. Reaching a bifurcation, take the right hand fork down to the highway. Cross and walk Navigator's Reach and trail to Pebble Beach.  Return going north on Blufftop Trail to starting point, saying hello to the seals at Green Cove's Marine Preserve along the way. Leader's choice for lunch spot.
Leader: Linda Kennedy 

MOAT CREEK  #3 - June 19, 2014
Meet at 9:35 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay at 9:45 south side of town on west side of highway to carpool. Start at Moat Creek at MM 12.77 on way to Pt. Arena at 10:00.  Hike bluff south to Bowling Ball Beach.  Walk south on beach to end and then return via beach and bluff to start. Mostly level, but two short steep stretches (up one way and down another.) The beach can be rocky and a bit challenging to walk on in a few stretches. Lunch at end at either Moat Creek or drive to Hearn Gulch.
Leader: Mary Heibel

BOBCAT NEW CONNECTOR - June 26, 2014
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 Rd and cross highway 1. From there we will enter the Bobcat Trail at post 201 and continue to 203 where we will head out on the new trail which connects Bobcat to Annapolis Rd trails. (NOTE: There is some elevation change. Sticks are recommended.) At post 203A we will cross highway and head to the bluff where we will circle back viewing any flowers we may have missed on Bihler and Black Point in April. Lunch at Black Point Beach or other suitable spot.
Leader: Dard Hunter

NORTH FORK GUALALA RIVER/ELK PRAIRIE - July 3, 2014 NEW
This hike is our once a year hike on Gualala Redwoods lands and is a new suggestion from Henry Alden that we have never done before.  Meet at the back part of Gualala Arts parking lot at 10:15. We will carpool on logging roads (vehicles with high clearance best ) through Elk Prairie to our starting point and then hike along a road that follows the North Fork of the Gualala River so will have glimpses of it from time to time. The hike will be mostly shady and relatively, but not completely, flat. We plan to have lunch at Peach Tree Flat, an area that is open next to the Gualala River (http://gualalawatershed.wordpress.com/2012/03/09/peach-tree-flat/) and will have an opportunity to see how Gualala Redwoods has modified roads to prevent runoff and added large pieces of wood to the river to create pools for fish.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

HOT SPOT PICNIC AND HIKE - July 10, 2014
Meet at 9:35 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of  bridge and at 9:50 at the at end of Verdant View near Twofish Baking Company. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply. Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non Sea Ranchers. Carpool to the Hot Spot and start from there at 10:00. Walk up the Hot Spot Loop Trail to River Beach Road to Deep Woods to East Ridge Rd catching the Ridge Trail from 101 to 102, exiting at Sorcerer Wood and picking up the Spring Meadow Trail at 314 to 316 and then circle the airport (Sea Ridge Rd, trail to Timber Ridge Rd. ) Walk down River Beach Road entering the San Andreas Fault Interpretive Trail at post 304 and following it to post 305. Continue on River Beach Road, catching the old road (now closed) to return to the Hot Spot for lunch. Lunches can be left in the car as we'll eat at the end of the hike. Walking sticks advised for this hike.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

KOLMER GULCH TRAILS, FORT ROSS  - July 17, 2014
Carpool at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:30. We will park the cars and start the hike across from the Old Russian Orchard on Fort Ross Road at 10:00. We will be hiking the Lower and Upper Kolmer Gulch Trails. These trails are not well maintained and indistinct in places and there is a prairie portion on one of them with nice views where we'll be walking through tall grass. Except for that part, the trails are mostly shady. We'll walk to the Kolmer Gulch Camp before returning and searching for the hidden picnic table at the end of the hike for our lunch spot.
Leaders: Bob Rutemoeller  and Mary Sue Ittner,

UP & DOWN FROM OHLSON RANCH CENTER - July 24, 2014
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:45 a.m. Start at Ohlson Ranch Center at 10:00 a.m. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Cross Highway 1 and walk along the water treatment plant and up the ravine toward the forest and White Fir road. Unit 29A was planned in the 1970s. The 4 model homes #2, #3, #4 (Yuen), #5 as well as a few cabins were completed in 1972. Continue walking on the road catching the trail at post 115, waking north to #119 and then south down to post 266. Cross the Highway at Vantage Road, turn south immediately and down to Blufftop Trail and back to White Barn and Ohlson Ranch Center. Leader's choice for lunch spot.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

MENDOCINO COAST BOTANICAL GARDENS - July 31, 2014 (new)
Meet at 8:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory to carpool and at 8:30 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool to the Mendocino Coast Botanical Gardens, Fort Bragg.  This is a LONG drive for us so be forewarned. Hikers north of Anchor Bay should call the leaders ahead of time if you want to be picked up along the way. There is an admission charge for the Gardens unless you are a MCBG member or a member of a reciprocal garden. Bob and Mary Sue are members and the charge for our guest non members will be $6. This garden includes 47 acres of manicured gardens, diverse plant collections, forests, streams, fern canyons and bluffs. We will walk out to the Cliff House and see spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean along the Coastal Bluff Trail and visit the vegetable garden where a lot of produce is grown and donated to the food bank.  Perennials, heathers, dahlias, fuchsias, and roses should be in bloom. Dogs are welcome on leash. Those who want to can eat at Rhody's Cafe where you can get fresh made sandwiches and salads, homemade soup and desserts, coffee, drinks, and Cowlick's ice cream. Please let the leaders know if you plan to come and eat at Rhody's so we can warn them ahead of time. Rhody's isn't  open until 11, but perhaps we can do a loop through the garden and order and see other parts of the garden while they prepare the lunches.
http://www.gardenbythesea.org/site/assets/files/1855/rhodys-menu_05-30-2014.pdf
It's also fine to bring your lunch if you prefer.
Leaders: Harmony,  Bob and Mary Sue

August 7, 2014 - MONARCH GLEN/WALK-ON BEACH LOOP #3 (new variation)
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50. Start at 10:00 at the Chapel. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers.  Walk the first part of the Chapel Trail with its great views to post 128, turning left to Leeward Spur, crossing the highway. Turn right on Leeward to Seal Rock Reach and take it to 42B and to the Bluff Trail. Walk south to post 37 through the hedgerow to Monarch Glen. Do the Interpretive Trail catching the trail that parallels the highway and crossing the highway at Bosuns Reach to return to the Chapel for lunch.
Leader: Dard Hunter

August 14, 2014 - POINT ARENA PIER LOOP (new)
Meet at 10:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 10:30. Hike starts at Point Arena Pier at 11:00. Hike along bicycle trail to highway one, go up Riverside road admiring the B. Bryan Preserve animals on the way, hike left on Pine Reef road to Linda and Jorge's house, hike around their property, lunch on porch. Then return to PA Pier to collect cars.
Leader: Linda Dorticos

August 21, 2014 - SHELL BEACH #1
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory at 9:50 or meet at One Eyed Jack's parking area at 10:00 a.m. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Take trail at Post 37 B to Bluff Top trail. Walk south on the trail to Stengel Beach and return continuing after post 30 on Cormorant Reach until Post 33A and back to the Buff Top Trail. Lunch on Shell Beach or continue past post 36 to One-Eyed Jacks for lunch at the end.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

August 28, 2014 - MANCHESTER STATE BEACH AND THOMPSON HEATHER GARDENS
Meet at 9:05 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:15. The hike starts at the public access from Highway One on about mile marker 22.27 at 9:45. We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road, then turn directly left and park on the road that parallels Highway One. We will walk to the ocean and then go south on the beach and then return. We will drive to the Thompson garden afterwards for lunch. There will be a little beach walking, but there aren't rocks to scramble over and Manchester Beach is very pretty. The Thompson garden, always wonderful, in August is a feast for the eyes with the heathers in bloom.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

September 4, 2014 - SOUTH GERSTLE COVE BLUFF  - "THE SLEEPING LION"
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:00. Drive almost through Salt Point to MM 39.17 where there is a wide area to park on the right side of the road.  At 10:15 cross over to the gate on the east side of the road and follow a path north, parallel with the road. Cross the road at MM 39.4 continuing north until we pass the waterfall.  Follow the trail south to the South Gerstle Cove Picnic Area. From here we will follow the bluff as closely as possible until we reach the extreme southern boundary of Salt Point Park. We will return to our cars the same way we came. The rock formations and views from the bluff are outstanding. Just one warning: the paths are rough and eroded in places, and there are a few steep gulches to cross. The trail is not maintained, and disappears in some places. We will take a very leisurely pace and explore whatever attracts our attention. Be sure to bring walking sticks and be ready to lend a helping hand to your fellow hikers. There are several nice places to sit on the ground overlooking the ocean and have lunch, or we may wait until we return to the picnic area at South Gerstle. Our leader will point out a "sleeping lion" rock formation that is most visible on a sunny day at about 11:30. This hike is mostly level, but with obstacles. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leader: Harmony

September 11, 2014 - HUGEL/SAG POND/LONGMEADOW LOOP (new)
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge or meet at 10:00 at Ohlson Rec Center (just south of the white barn). Hang tags needed. Cross the highway and take the Hugel RavineTrail to Seabird Road. Pick up the trails again at the end of Schooner Dr (post 109) and follow the Sag Pond Trail to Longmeadow Rd. Walk down Longmeadow to Greencroft Close and pick up the trails again at the end of Greencroft (post 238). Walk down the Longmeadow Trail, around the stables and end up back at Ohlson Rec Center. Lunch there or at Ohlson Beach.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

September 18, 2014 - POINT ARENA PUBLIC LANDS LOOP (new)
Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at Point Arena City Hall at 10:00. Walk north until you reach a road that will lead you to the bluff and spectacular ocean views. Follow the bluff for a while, stopping at the picnic tables for lunch before returning to the cars. This is mostly coastal grassland so there isn't much elevation change, but the ground is uneven and there are gopher holes so good hiking shoes are helpful.

Leader: Mary Heibel
September 25, 2014 - FISK MILL BLUFFS
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 10:15. Start at 10:30 at Fisk Mill Cove (MM 42.63) in Salt Pt. State Park. Park in north parking lot near restrooms. There is now a parking fee to park here so people with passes should bring them. Hike north on the parking lot road to catch the trail to Sentinel Rock. From there take the bluff trail south and hike unbelievably beautiful bluff south to Stump Beach. Don't descend, but turn around and hike back. Lunch will be on some large flat rocks where Phillips Gulch Creek cascades over the bluff. Since we will be crossing two creeks with steep sides, and since there is still a dangerous spot along the trail that has washed out, walking sticks are advisable and good boots. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leaders: Ken and Marian Brown

October 2, 2014 - PILOT'S REACH - ANNAPOLIS ROAD LOOP (new variation)
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:00 at end of Verdant View near Twofish Baking Company. Hang tags needed. Walk to Annapolis Road and turn left, walk south, turning right on Sea Ridge, left on Pilot's Reach and pick up the Pilot's Reach Trail at post 234 taking it to highway one, crossing the highway and walking on Navigator's reach to Pebble Beach. Take the bluff trail south to post 6 to 6A, walking northeast on Galleon's Reach to Highway One. Cross Highway 1 at MM 51.85 and catch the Annapolis trail back to starting point. You can bring your lunch or eat  lunch at Twofish at the end of the hike. This hike has elevation changes and hiking sticks are recommended. For those wanting to eat at Twofish be sure to order in advance by phone: 785-2443.
Leader: Jane Seck

October 9, 2014 - WALK-ON BEACH TO GUALALA POINT PARK A
Everyone should meet at Highway 1 across from Gualala Point Park at 9:50 so we can arrange carpools. People who have regional park passes should drive. Cars can be left there or at the Hidden Parking Lot. We will walk to the bluff on the public access trail, passing by Sea Pine Beach and walking on Walk-On Beach before retracing our steps and continuing on the Bluff trail north. On the day we will decide whether to walk back to our cars via the Salal Trail and eat lunch at the picnic tables next to the parking lot or in the grassy area next to the new poles or continue on the bluff trail to Gualala Point Park with a lot of options for lunch there.
Leaders: John and Lynn Walton

OCTOBER 16, 2014 - FISH ROCK ROAD /MENDOCINO REDWOODS
Carpool at 10:15 at pullout north of the bridge by the  Gualala business directory. Take Old Stage Rd. to Fish Rock Rd. turning right to follow the signs to the Mendocino County Dump. Park at the foot of the road where the pavement stops where you will meet the leaders.  Starting at 10:30 we will be following logging roads on Mendocino Redwoods property with views of the Garcia River. We will follow and cross several tributaries as we meander along the overgrown logging roads. This hike has some elevation gain and depending on how fast the group is we will be treated to vista views through the trees. Walking sticks recommended. Our exact route each time we have hiked this depends somewhat on changes to the roads as we find them. This is apparently quail hunting season so we are to watch for hunters.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

October 23, 2014 - STILLWATER COVE/GLEN FORBES MEMORY HIKE
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. We will be remembering Glen Forbes today as we first walk south to a bench that has been added in his name overlooking Stillwater Cove. Afterwards we'll hike the interesting bluff section of Stillwater Cove and then return back to our cars. We will drive then to the day use area and park.  We will hike through the beautiful forested canyon, cross a small stream, then up along the ridge until we reach the old Fort Ross schoolhouse and then through the Canyon and down to the Cove for lunch. After lunch we'll return to our cars.  Dogs allowed on leash and hiking sticks helpful for a few steep spots and river crossing. Parking in the first section could be a challenge as there are only room for about three cars so we may have to drop people off and do a shuttle.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

October 30, 2014 - DMC LOOP #4
Carpool at 10:00 am at Gualala Business Sign pullout just north of bridge or meet at 10:15 at the Del Mar Center on TSR. Hangtags needed for non-Sea Ranch hikers. Start from the Del Mar Center by crossing Highway 1 onto Deertrail. At the trail post 132A turn right to access the Azalea Loop Trail, taking one of the loops to trail post 128. Turn right to take "Leeward Spur Connector". Cross highway to Leeward Spur, left on Leeward Road, right on Osprey to Bluff Trail, then north to post 49, taking trail to Tide Pool, turn right to Sea Drift and left on Leeward Road. Lunch in the Del Mar garden or the Secret Place behind the Del Mar Schoolhouse.
Leader: Dard Hunter

November 6, 2014 - STORNETTA - HIGHWAY ONE TO CYPRESS ABBEY SECTION
(new variation)
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 the junction of Lighthouse Road and Highway One 2 miles north of Point Arena at 11:00. We will travel the access road to the old Coast Guard Loran site (now owned by Mendocino Community College) turning left before we get there to enter that middle section of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands. From there we will walk through the "forest" to the bluff and enjoy the spectacular views of the off shore islands and the Ocean and find a suitable site for lunch before retracting our steps.
Leader: Mary Heibel

November 13, 2014 - AIRPORT ROUNDABOUT #2: SEA RIDGE, DEEP WOODS, FLY CLOUD  (new variation)
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:00 at Jane Seck's house at 304 Spar Close. Turn on Annapolis Road from Highway One, left on Sea Ridge, left on Pilot's Reach, left on Spar Close. Jane will be providing a vegetarian soup
and others are invited to bring food to share with this (eg. bread, salad, dessert). Start at the end of Spar Close; right on Pilot's Reach; left on Sea Ridge Road. Cross Spring Meadow to post 316 and follow trails to 311. Turn right on East Ridge Rd, left on Deep Woods Dr, right on River Beach Rd, and left on Timber Ridge Rd. Walk to the end of Verdant View and through the Sea Ranch Supply parking lot to the Posh Squash; walk through the garden and continue on the path to Timber Ridge Rd and turn left. Turn right on Fly Cloud, right on Westgate, and left on Timber Ridge Rd to Sea Ridge, left on Pilot's
Reach, and left on Spar Close to complete the loop.
Leader: Jane Seck

November 20, 2014 - CURLY LANE
Meet at 9:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 10:00 to carpool. We will start the hike at 10:15. Curly Lane is a dirt road that passes through pleasant scenery (green meadows, ponds, cows) making you forget where you started until you see the lovely views of the ocean on the return. This is a short hike, sometimes windy, mostly level but some up and down. Afterwards those people who are interested can drive to Point Arena for lunch out.
Leaders: John & Lynn Walton

November 27, 2014
No organized hike today. Happy Thanksgiving!

December 4, 2014 CORMORANT, BREAKER MEADOW, OHLSON BEACH, SHELL BEACH
LOOP  (new)
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:00 at Steve and Bonnie Coffeysmith's house, 339 Bluff Reach, corner of Bluff Reach and Cormorant Close (right on Breaker Reach, right on Hedgegate, left on Bluff Reach.). Walk to marker 30A and follow the hedgerow to marker 30D. Turn right and follow the trail to 26D and continue on Breaker Meadow Trail to 25D. Take the bike trail from 25D to marker 21, passing by Knipp-Stengel Barn. Turn right to Ohlson Beach, then return to 21, turn left and walk along the bluff to marker 24, overlooking Stengel Beach. Follow the bluff trail from 24, 24A, 25 to marker 31. Check out the cormorant nesting area at the point, then continue along the bluff to Shell Beach and loop back via 33, 33A, and Cormorant Reach to complete the loop. Enjoy your bag lunch at the Coffeysmith's out of the elements.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

December 11, 2014  - SODA SPRINGS RESERVE
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala Business Directory just north of bridge at 9:45 and/or at the Sea Ranch Annapolis Road Business Center at 10:00.  Turn right before you reach the Fire Station. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers who park there to carpool. Park on Kelly Road 1 mile beyond entrance to Annapolis winery and hike to park. Hike on gravel road 2.3 miles to this 49 acre relatively unknown Sonoma County Park known locally as Kelly Park.  From the Parks website: "The park is a perfect place to stop among your travels. Rest or hike under the fragrant shelter of redwood groves, while enjoying the soothing sounds of running water from the adjacent Soda Springs Creek. Amenities include picnic areas, restroom, barbecues, and hiking trails." If we have rain, road could be muddy, but Dard promises to
check it out in advance. Lunch, tour the park, and return.
Leader: Dard Hunter

December 18, 2014 GUALALA ARTS TO GREEN  IRON BRIDGE ROAD HIKE
Meet at 10:00 in back part of Gualala Arts parking lot. Hike the Gualala Arts trails and then hike along the road down to the bridge and the end of the county road and back. The leader will take us through the closed campground on our way to the bridge or on our way
back. This is a forested road with nice views of the Gualala River and some mild elevation changes.  At the end of the hike there will be a chance to look at the Shameless Art Exhibit on display at the Burnett Gallery and Jacob Foyer.
Leader: Ginger Thompson-Veys

December 24, 2014 No hike today. Merry Christmas!

January 1, 2015 - SALT POINT BLUFFS
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory at 10:30 and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 10:45. Start at 11:00 at Salt Point State Park. Turn west at Main Entrance and follow road down to ocean where the large parking lot is. Bring coupons or state park passes if you have them. Hike the coastal trail along the bluffs starting at left side of parking lot. Continue north until you are at trail which descends into Stump Beach. If the weather cooperates, we will have lunch at a special spot Glen Forbes found for us. We will walk back by jeep trail which is inland of coastal trail. This section of Salt Point has interesting rock formations and often spectacular waves this time of the year. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leaders: Bob Rutemoeller & Mary Sue Ittner

January 8, 2015 GUALALA REGIONAL PARK NORTH SEA RANCH LOOP
Start at Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00  (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post.)   There is a fee per car. (Or park across the street and cross Highway One if you do not have a pass.)  Cross the highway and pick up the Badger Trail taking it to the Pomo Hillside Trail to Deer Trail. Turn left (post 147) and walk along the road, turning right on Halcyon and crossing the highway. Turn right on Leeward, left on Fish Rock, taking the trail through the hedge row to the Bluff Trail. Walk north along the trail until you reach the park at post 78. Turn right and walk to the Visitor's Center and back to the Hidden Parking lot.
Leader: Dard Hunter

January 15, 2015 CRISPIN LANE/ POTLUCK AT GRANGE
Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool. We will drive to Crispin Lane in Manchester, parking at the Grange and walk to the end of this county road. Hike starts around 10:00 a.m. We will pass green fields and have lovely views of the ocean on our way back. This road starts
out relatively flat and then goes slowly up so we'll coast on the return trip. On our return we'll have a soup and salad potluck at the Grange so bring food to share. Food will be left there while we hike and there will be ways to keep soup warm. We can use the Grange
dishes and help clean up at the end.
Leaders:  Gary and Susan Levenson-Palmer

January 22, 2015 OHLSON RANCH LOOP SOUTH
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge, and/or meet at the Ohlson Ranch Center parking lot at 10:00.  Hang tags needed for non-Sea Ranchers. Walk south on trail starting between building and highway crossing White Surf Road and
Headlands Reach. At next hedgerow continue south on the bike trail to Navigators Reach. Take a right on the road and then take the access to the bluff trail. Walk north to return to the Ohlson Ranch.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

January 29, 2015 TIN BARN ROAD TO KING RIDGE ROAD
Meet at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:30. From Skagg's Spring Road turn on Tin Barn Road. Park close to the logs next to the road where we will have lunch at the end. Start at
10:00 and walk to King Ridge Road and back. This is a road hike, but with lovely green vistas in the winter (we hope) and glimpses of the Buddhist Temple on the return.
Leaders: Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner

January 29, 2015 TIN BARN ROAD TO KING RIDGE ROAD
Meet at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:30. From Skagg's Spring Road turn on Tin Barn Road. Park close to the logs next to the road where we will have lunch at the end. Start at 10:00 and walk to King Ridge Road and back. This is a road hike, but with lovely green vistas in the winter (we hope) and glimpses of the Buddhist Temple on the return.
Leaders: Bob Rutemoeller and Mary Sue Ittner

February 5, 2015  CURLY LANE
Meet at 9:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 10:00 to carpool. We will start the hike at 10:15. Curly Lane is a dirt road that passes through pleasant scenery (green meadows, ponds, cows) making you forget where you started until you see the lovely views of the ocean on the return. This is a short hike, sometimes windy, mostly level, but some up and down. Afterwards those people who are interested can drive to Point Arena for lunch out.
Leaders: John & Lynn Walton

February 12, 2015 DMC LOOP #5
Carpool at 9:50 at Gualala Business Sign pullout just north of bridge or meet at 10:00 at Del Mar Center on TSR. Hang tags needed for parking for non Sea Ranch hikers. Walk south on Leeward until you reach the Walk-On Beach access trail and walk on it to Bluff. Turn north on the Bluff Trail and walk north taking the Salal Trail, turning right on Leeward, right on Grey Whale and picking up the Del Mar Meadow Trail at post 67B and back to Leeward and the Del Mar Center. Lunch in the Del Mar Garden.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

February 19, 2015 UP AND DOWN SCENIC GUALALA
Meet at the corner of Highway One and Robinson Reef (the old site of Laura's Bakery) where we will park at 10 a.m. On this walk there are many scenic views. We will see views of the ocean from many different vantage points, interesting and diverse architecture and drought tolerant entry gardens, walk on the Gualala Bluff Trail, walk the Labyrinth at Shepherd by the Sea and see Gualala in a way most of us have never seen it, on foot. We might even see Calypso orchids in the woods near the Baptist Church. This hike is not level, but none of the "elevation changes" are very long. At the end we hope to eat our lunch on Ginger's deck, weather permitting.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner & Ginger Thompson-Veys

February 26, 2015 KING RIDGE LOOP
Meet at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:30. From Skagg's Spring Road turn on Tin Barn Road and drive to King Ridge Road and park. Hike King Ridge two miles (up) and return. This stretch is very beautiful in winter with mist, oak trees, and nice views. There is plenty of up and down on this hike.
Leader: Loretta Healy

March 5, 2015 CORMORANT-WALK-ON BEACH LOOP
Meet at 9:45 at the Gualala Business Directory (north of bridge) and at 10:00 at Steve and Bonnie Coffeysmith's house, 339 Bluff Reach, corner of Bluff Reach and Cormorant Close. Walk to marker 30A and follow the hedgerow to marker 30D. Turn left and follow the trail straight through 31C to 33B. Turn right on Pacific Reach and Whalebone, toward Rt. 1. Turn left at marker 34A, left at 35D, and right at 35C. Continue hiking through the meadows to marker 42C, then turn left and walk to 42, overlooking Walk-on Beach. Turn left and follow the Bluff Trail, passing the TSRA Marine Preserve and Dune Drift Beach at marker 38. Hike to marker 37 and follow the sand trail to the cypress hedgerow, turn right and go to Tidepool Beach to look for harbor seals. Continue on the trail, passing Shell Beach and stopping to check out the cormorant nesting area before returning to the Coffeysmith's to enjoy your bag lunch.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

March 12, 2015  POINT ARENA-STORNETTA PUBLIC LANDS
Meet to carpool at 10 a.m. at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge or at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy One) at 10:10 a.m.  The hike starts at 10:30 a.m. at Point Arena City Hall.  We will be walking in coastal grassland so there isn't a lot of elevation changes, but the ground is uneven and there are gopher holes so boots are still helpful. We should have spectacular views of Arena Cove and the offshore islands and the Pacific Ocean. We may do a loop, or just turn around and come back after walking an hour and have our lunch overlooking Arena Cove.
Leader: Harmony Susalla for Mary Heibel

March 19, 2015  RIDGE, SAG PONDS, BIG TREE AND BIG TREE LOOP TRAILS
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:45 a.m. Please bring hang tags for non Sea Ranchers. Going south exit Highway 1 to the left at Deerfield. Go to the top of Deerfield and turn right on Timber Ridge. Start at Big Tree Close and Timber Ridge at Ridge Trail post 122 at 10 a.m. Pass Ridge Trail post 116.  At Ridge Trail post 111 take left fork.  Follow trail to Ridge Trail post 104 at which point you are at Longmeadow Street.  Go through gate and turn right onto Sag Ponds Trail at trail post 104A.Continue on this trail past the Sag Pond to Sag Ponds Trail post 109A.  Turn right and walk to trail post 110.  Turn left on Ridge Trail and walk to trail post 117.  Turn left downhill on Big Tree trail to post 118.  Continue downhill now on Big Tree Loop trail and walk to trail post 267.  Here there is a bench with a great view.  Time for lunch.  After lunch at trail post 267 take a left turn and hike to Big Tree Loop trail post 120. Turn left and exit the Big Tree Loop Trail at Big Tree Close at trail post 123.   Turn right and return to parking area on Timber Ridge.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

March 26, 2015 POMO TRAILS  AND FOREST
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50. Meet at Dard's (205 Screech Owl, Sea Ranch) at 10:00. It's East on Halcyon (North end of Sea Ranch) North on Deer Trail, West on Screech Owl.  Starting on Screech Owl, do entire Pomo Creekside Trail. Turn left on Deer Trail and walk until you catch the Pomo Hillside Trail.  As this trail exits to Deer Trail take the Badger Trail to the dirt road, turn left and after a few hundred feet take unofficial trail to right through the grass and over a flattened to the ground barbed wire fence to the county campground road. Turn to the right and walk to the campground. At the bottom of hill take unofficial trail heading toward river and explore this beautiful area. Reverse and start back. Cover the route taken inbound to dirt road, turn right to Post 152 turning left on Haversack connector trail.  Take it exiting on cul-de-sac which traverse turning right on Deer Trail.  Turn in on Pomo Creekside trail and return to beginning. Lunch at Dard's at the end.
Leader: Dard Hunter

April 2, 2015 SODA SPRINGS RESERVE
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala Business Directory just north of bridge at 9:45 and/or at the Sea Ranch Annapolis Road Business Center at 10:00.  Turn right before you reach the Fire Station. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers who park there to carpool. Park on Kelly Road 1 mile beyond entrance to Annapolis winery and hike to park. Hike on gravel road 2.3 miles to this 49 acre relatively unknown Sonoma County Park known locally as Kelly Park.  From the Parks website: "The park is a perfect place to stop among your travels. Rest or hike under the fragrant shelter of redwood groves, while enjoying the soothing sounds of running water from the adjacent Soda Springs Creek. Amenities include picnic areas, restroom, barbecues, and hiking trails."  Lunch, tour the park, and return.
Leader: Dard Hunter

April 9, 2015  BLACKPOINT BEACH WALK & BLACKPOINT-BIHLER POINT
WILDFLOWER FOOTPATHS
Carpool at the Gualala Business Directory pullout just north of bridge at 9:45, and meet at the Sea Ranch Lodge north (additional) parking lot at 10:00. Walk north from the parking lot to the fire road. Turn left, then right to marker 1. Go down the stairs and walk on the beach to the north end, returning to the stairs (Note: The stairs are steep!). From marker 1, walk south to the first gate marked with the wildflower path marker and follow the path to Black Point, the barn, and Bihler Point. Continue on the marked path toward the Lodge, past the old sheepherder's cabin, and turn left on the main trail. Follow the Bluff Trail from marker 1 to 3, turn right and continue through the hedgerow to marker 3C, then right on Moonraker to the fire road gate at Black Point Reach. At the end of the fire trail we will go to either the barn or the Lodge chair area for our lunches. Note: If it's windy, the leader may modify the plan.
Leader: Jane Seck

April 16, 2015 ALDER CREEK - MANCHESTER STATE BEACH
Meet at 9:05 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:15. The hike starts at the public access from Highway One on about mile marker 22.27 at 9:45. We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road, then turn directly left and park on the road that parallels Highway One. We will walk down the road where it is closed until we come to the trail that leads to the environmental campground hoping to see wildflowers and walk back via the beach if we can. We may change the direction of the hike depending on the wind. We will have lunch afterwards at Beverley Thompson's lovely garden to view spring flowers (Rhododendrons and Azaleas to name a few.)
Leaders: Bob Rutemoeller & Mary Sue Ittner

April 23, 2015 MOAT CREEK   #3  EARLY START
Meet at 8:35 at pullout for Gualala business directory  to carpool and at Anchor Bay at 8:45 south side of town on west side of highway. Start at Moat Creek  (MM 12.77 on way to Pt. Arena) at 9:00.  Hike bluff south to Bowling Ball Beach.  Walk south on beach to the stairs going to highway parking for Schooner's Gulch and then return via beach and bluff to Moat Creek parking. Mostly level, but two short steep stretches (up one way and down another.) The beach can be rocky and a bit challenging to walk on in a few stretches. There is a minus tide this day so we will be starting early to take advantage of this. There are often nice wildflowers this time of the year along the bluff and Bowling Ball Beach at a low tide is a sight to behold. Lunch optional, but those people who want an early lunch or brunch can drive to Hearn Gulch which often has a nice display of
wildflowers in spring.
Leader: Linda Dorticos

April 30, 2015 HORSESHOE COVE--SALT POINT NORTH
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:15. Park at MM 44.00 at Salt Point. The turnoff is tricky; turnoff at MM44 even though the sign says Turnout 1/4 mile. This hike is quite steep in places so hiking sticks and boots are recommended. Hike on the trail staying right at the fork until you go over the crest of the hill and have a beautiful view of Horseshoe Cove. Descend sharply until you reach the Bluff. Walk south along the bluff until about 11:30 and retrace your steps until we reach a magical rock formation for lunch. The return to the cars after lunch will be uphill, but this is a gorgeous spot and usually with nice wildflowers this time of the year so worth the effort.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

KRUSE RHODODENDRON STATE RESERVE - May 7, 2015
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, or at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:00. Shortly after entering Salt Point State Park, drivers from the north should prepare to turn left on Kruse Ranch Road, just before Fisk Mill Cove. There is just a short drive to the official parking area. No fees and no passes required, but because of our lunch spot people with state parks passes should drive. Hike will begin from the Kruse parking area at 10:15. We will hike the short Rhododendron trail connecting with Phillips Gulch Trail and return on the Chinese Gulch Trail. This is a very beautiful area with the first part of the hike mostly up and the second part mostly down. Afterwards we will hike/drive to Fisk Mill and have lunch on the picnic table donated in memory of Howard Bogert, one of our previous hikers. This is a spectacular area. Dogs are not allowed on the Kruse trails.
Leaders: Ken & Marian Brown

CHAPEL AND AZALEA TRAILS -  May 14, 2015
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool or at the Sea Ranch chapel at 10:00. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Walk north along the Chapel Trail through meadow, forest and ravine. Return on the Azalea Trail, which leads to the Chapel Trail; follow it south back to the Chapel. There are moderate elevation changes on this hike. Those who want to can use the bench or the rock wall close to the chapel as a place for lunch at the end.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

SALT POINT LOOP  - May 21, 2015
Carpool at 9:30 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:45. Park at the call box parking area one-half mile south of Stump Beach on the east side of HWY 1 (south of MM 41.00). Take trail on east side of the highway. We will do a forest loop and then cross the highway and walk to the headlands. Hike north on the bluff all the way to a rock outcropping in line with the call box on the highway, then continue for another few minutes toward Stump Beach.  There have lunch seated on some wonderful rock ledges, watch the crashing surf and see the salt pockets after which Salt Point was named at Glen's Spot.  After lunch continue on the trail to the Highway and carefully walk back to the cars. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails. Walking sticks are a good idea. This is potentially a bit longer hike, but it has both forest and bluff and a wonderful lunch spot. If its windy we may do the hike in reverse direction and lunch in the forest.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

BOBCAT NEW CONNECTOR - May 28, 2015
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 Rd and cross highway 1. From there we will enter the Bobcat Trail at post 201 and continue to 203 where we will head out on the new trail which connects Bobcat to Annapolis Rd trails. (NOTE: There is some elevation change. Sticks are recommended.) At post 203A we will cross highway and head to the bluff where we will circle back viewing any flowers we may have missed on Bihler and Black Point in April. Lunch at Black Point Beach or other suitable spot.
Leader: Dard Hunter

PLANTATION FOREST  June 4, 2015
Meet at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:30.  We have a wonderful opportunity to visit the Plantation Forest managed by owner Ed Tunheim. He has agreed to give us a tour of this property, which adjoins Plantation Camp. This is a very beautiful property with many surprises and it is fascinating to learn how he plans his harvest so the forest remains healthy and productive, but you can barely tell he is logging. Drive south turning left on Kruse Ranch Road and drive to the top. Turn left on Hauser Bridge Rd and enter through the gate opposite the brightly colored mailbox.
Arranged by Mary Sue Ittner

STORNETTA LANDS OCEAN VIEWS NORTH - June 11, 2015
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory and meet at 10:10 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool. Park in front of the Lighthouse north of Point Arena. The walk begins at 10:30 by following the bluffs to the north/east and following the Garcia River upstream (via the bluffs). The views and wildflowers could be lovely. This hike can be also windy or foggy and the ground may be uneven due to cow walking/grazing so sticks are recommended. Lunch spot and return determined on the day of the hike.
Leader: Mary Heibel

LONGMEADOW TRAIL/BLUFFTOP TRAIL LOOP  - June 18, 2015
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge or meet at 10:00 at Ohlson Ranch Center (just south of the white barn). Hang tags needed. Walk south on trail between the highway and the Ohlson Ranch Center.  Cross the highway at Headlands Reach and take an immediate left on a trail off Headlands Close (mm 53.00). Upon reaching Longmeadow Trail follow it south and up hill. At a trail crossing take a right on Spur Close Trail.  This trail goes downhill almost to Spur Close in order to go around trees along a creek, then uphill again through a wooded area. Reaching a bifurcation, take the right hand fork down to the highway. Cross and walk Navigator's Reach and trail to Pebble Beach.  Return going north on Blufftop Trail to starting point, saying hello to the seals at Green Cove's Marine Preserve along the way. Leader's choice for lunch spot.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

GUALALA POINT PARK #1  June 25, 2015
Meet at the Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00 (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post.) Or park across the street and cross Highway One if you do not have a pass.  Hike to the bluff, go north, and then back to the Visitors Center, walking occasionally on the road, but mostly on trails. After a brief stop on the benches to look at the view of the river, we will take the trail down to the river and under the highway to the campground. From there we will walk through the forest and down to the Gualala River for lunch. After lunch we will walk back to the cars via the road to the campground.
Leaders: John and Lynn Walton

POINT ARENA PIER LOOP  - July 2, 2015
Meet at 10:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 10:30. Hike starts at Point Arena Pier at 11:00. Hike along bicycle trail to highway one, go up Riverside road admiring the B. Bryan Preserve animals on the way, hike left on Pine Reef road to Linda and Jorge's house, hike around their property, lunch on porch. Then return to PA Pier to collect cars.
Leader: Linda Dorticos

HOT SPOT PICNIC AND HIKE - July 9, 2015
Meet at 9:35 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 9:50 at the end of Verdant View near Twofish Baking Company. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply. Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non Sea Ranchers. Carpool to the Hot Spot and start from there at 10:00. Walk up the Hot Spot Loop Trail to River Beach Road to Deep Woods to East Ridge Rd catching the Ridge Trail from 101 to 102, exiting at Sorcerer Wood and picking up the Spring Meadow Trail at 314 to 316 and then circle the airport (Sea Ridge Rd, trail to Timber Ridge Rd.) Walk down River Beach Road entering the San Andreas Fault Interpretive Trail at post 304 and following it to post 305. Continue on River Beach Road, catching the old road (now closed) to return to the Hot Spot for lunch. Lunches can be left in the car as we'll eat at the end of the hike. Walking sticks advised for this hike.
Leader: Jane Seck

FORT ROSS STATE PARK TO OLD GROWTH REDWOOD TREE - July 16, 2015
Carpool at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:30 or meet at Fort Ross State Park at 10:00. We will walk to the Cove and take the trail to the Russian graveyard. Carefully cross the highway from there and take the fire road up the hill for a up close look at one of the few remaining old growth redwoods in the area. Here you will be treated to some life lessons you can learn from a Redwood. We will then have a nice view at the water tanks and then on to the Archaeological Camp. Walking between the last two cabins and looking through the hole in the fence you can see the fault line and where the creek dropped in the big earthquake. Return as you came, having lunch at the Cove or Call House picnic area or in the Fort. We'll decide depending on the weather and interests of the group. There are elevation changes on this hike, but the walking is not difficult. Dogs should be left at home.
Leaders: Mary Sue & Bob

ECOLOGICAL STAIRCASE, JUGHANDLE STATE RESERVE - July 23, 2015
Carpool at 8:35 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of the bridge and at 8:45 in Anchor Bay. Anyone joining us from  north of the carpool spot should let the leaders know where we can pick you up or you may want to organize your own carpools. We are hoping to be at the reserve for a 10 o'clock starting time but that's just a guess. "The watershed of Jug Handle Creek holds a rare natural phenomenon, an ecological staircase composed of five terraces, each about 100,000 years older and about 100 feet higher than the one below it." The trail we will follow is 5 miles long with elevation changes. Some of the plant communities we will pass through are North Coast bluff scrub, coastal prairie, closed cone pine forest, riparian, non native invaders, grand fir/sitka spruce forest, redwood forest, and finally the pygmy forest, a bog with low nutrient highly acidic soil, underlain by an iron hardpan where trees that normally grow tall are dwarf. We will then turn around and descend and have lunch on the beach at the end. Dogs are not allowed on the trail.
Leaders:  Mary Sue & Bob

OHLSON RANCH LOOP and POTLUCK -  July 30, 2015
Meet at 9:40 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Linda Kennedy's house: 37677 White Barn at 9:50. Non-Sea Ranchers will need hang tags. We will leave our food for a potluck at Linda's. Take the bike trail north accessing the Breaker Meadow Trail and taking it north to the Wildmoor Meadow Trail and from there the public access trail to Shell Beach. When you reach the Bluff Trail, walk south exiting at Wild Iris (post 22) and back to Linda's for lunch.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

August 6, 2015 - WALK-ON BEACH LOOP #2
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50. Start at 10:00 at the parking area at the end of Piper's Reach (marker 36A). Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Walk to the bluff and then south to post 31. Continue east to Cormorant Close and through the hedgerow to marker 30D. Turn left and follow the trail to 31C, 33B, 34A, 35D, 35E, and cross Hwy. 1 at Bosuns Reach. Walk the Chapel Trail from marker 126 to 128, and enjoy the great views along the way. Turn left and cross Hwy. 1 at marker 127 to Leeward Spur. Turn right onto Leeward Road and left onto Seal Rock Reach, stopping for lunch at Walk-On Beach. After lunch, proceed south on the Bluff Trail to post 36, then turn left to return to the cars.
Leader: Jane Seck

August 13, 2015 - MANCHESTER STATE BEACH AND THOMPSON HEATHER GARDENS
Meet at 9:05 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:15. The hike starts at the public access from Highway One on about mile marker 22.27 at 9:45. We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road, then turn directly left and park on the road that parallels Highway One. We will walk to the ocean and then go south on the beach and then return. We will drive to the Thompson garden afterwards for lunch. There will be a little beach walking, but there aren't rocks to scramble over and Manchester Beach is very pretty.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

August 20, 2015 - POMO AND SALOON TRAILS
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50. Start at 10:00 at Dard and Mary Hunter's house on 205 Screech Owl where we can leave our lunches (east on Halcyon, left on Deer Trail, left on Screech Owl.) Do the lower loop of the Pomo Creek Trail continuing to the end turning left on Deer Trail at post 146 and walking to post 148. Walk the Pomo Hillside Trail back to post 147, Deer Trail south to Halcyon where we will catch the Saloon Trail at post 141 and take it to post 133, walking on Deer Trail again and then walking across the highway, turning right on Leeward. Walk north to Tallgrass continuing until you come to the spot where the golf cart path passes under Highway One. Hike under the Highway and continue on the trail until you intersect the Saloon Trail. Turn left and walk north on the trail ending at Screech Owl where we can join Dard to eat our lunches.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

August 27, 2015 - FISK MILL BLUFFS
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 10:15. Start at 10:30 at Fisk Mill Cove (MM 42.63) in Salt Pt. State Park. Park in north parking lot near restrooms. There is now a parking fee to park here so people with passes should bring them. Hike north on the parking lot road to catch the trail to Sentinel Rock. From there take the bluff trail south and hike unbelievably beautiful bluff south to Stump Beach. Don't descend, but turn around and hike back. Lunch will be on some large flat rocks where Phillips Gulch Creek cascades over the bluff. Since we will be crossing two creeks with steep sides, and since there is still a dangerous spot along the trail that has washed out, walking sticks are advisable and good boots. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leaders: Ken and Marian Brown

September 3, 2015 - GUALALA POINT PARK # 3
Start at Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00 (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post.) There is a fee per car. (Or park across the street and cross Highway One if you do not have a pass.). Hike from there down to the beach but instead of going to the beach go south past the restrooms to the bluff. Bear left on bluffs and continue on Bluff Trail until you intersect Salal Trail. Hike Salal Trail to Hwy 1, turn left and follow frontage path back to the Park and the Hidden Parking lot.
Leaders: John & Lynn Walton

September 10, 2015 - HUGEL/SAG POND/LONGMEADOW LOOP
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge or meet at 10:00 at Ohlson Rec Center (just south of the white barn). Hang tags needed. Cross the highway and take the Hugel RavineTrail to Seabird Road. Pick up the trails again at the end of Schooner Dr (post 109) and follow the Sag Pond Trail to Longmeadow Rd. Walk down Longmeadow to Greencroft Close and pick up the trails again at the end of Greencroft (post 238). Walk down the Longmeadow Trail, around the stables and end up back at Ohlson Rec Center. Lunch there or at Ohlson Beach.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

Let Mary Sue know by Tuesday before the following hike if you plan to attend and eat lunch so we can alert the Inn and have plenty of servers.
September 17, 2015 STILLWATER COVE/PEACE OBELISK
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. We will be hiking in three distinct areas. First we'll hike the interesting bluff section of Stillwater Cove and then return back to our cars. We will drive then to the day use area and park.  We will hike a beautiful forested loop, crossing a small stream, and perhaps seeing fringed corn lilies in bloom. After returning to our cars, we will drive south to the Timber Cove Inn where we will hike their trails, including a visit to the smallest state park in California, the 93-foot-high "Peace Obelisk" sculpture by the late Benjamino Bufano, a renowned San Francisco sculptor. The hike will conclude with lunch at Alexanders. They have a new chef so the menu on their web site as I send this out could change.
https://timbercoveinn.com/images/uploads/Lounge_Menu.pdf
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

September 24, 2015 - PILOT'S REACH - ANNAPOLIS ROAD LOOP
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:00 at end of Verdant View near Twofish Baking Company. Hang tags needed. Walk to Annapolis Road and turn left, walk south, turning right on Sea Ridge, left on Pilot's Reach and pick up the Pilot's Reach Trail at post 234 taking it to highway one, crossing the highway and walking on Navigator's reach to Pebble Beach. Take the bluff trail south to post 6 to 6A, walking northeast on Galleon's Reach to Highway One. Cross Highway 1 at MM 51.85 and catch the Annapolis trail back to starting point. You can bring your lunch or eat  lunch at Twofish at the end of the hike. This hike has elevation changes and hiking sticks are recommended. For those wanting to eat at Twofish be sure to order in advance by phone: 785-2443.
Leader: Jane Seck

October 1, 2015  - POINT ARENA-STORNETTA PUBLIC LANDS BLUFFS
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 10:10 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at Point Arena City Hall at 10:30. Walk the trail next to the cove and then follow the bluffs for spectacular ocean views. Expect to see blow holes, sea arches and stacks, sink holes, caves, tunnels and more. We will walk to the Lighthouse, but before we get there the leader will return the carpool drivers to City Hall to retrieve cars. This is mostly coastal grassland so there isn't much elevation change, but the ground is uneven and there are gopher holes so good hiking shoes are helpful.
Leader: Mary Heibel

October 8, 2015 - OHLSON RANCH TO BLUFF
Carpool at 10:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge. Start at the Ohlson Ranch parking area at 11:00 (just south of the white barn). Hang tags needed. Hike to the Bluff Trail at post 21 and head north for lunch at One-Eyed Jacks. Retrace steps stopping for cormorant viewing at the overlook near post #31. If windy, can take Cormorant close and walk through hedge row to Breaker Meadow Trail or retrace steps back to the barn and the Ohlson Center.
Leader: Laura Bridge

October 15, 2015 - GUALALA RIVER TRAIL (SOUTH FORK)
Meet at 10:00 at the back parking lot of Gualala Arts to carpool and at 10:20 at The Sea Ranch Business Center on Annapolis Rd. Turn right before you reach the Fire Station. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply.  Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non Sea Ranchers in case we need to leave a car there. We will be hiking on a mostly shady logging road that starts near Valley Crossing and follows the south fork of the Gualala River south of Annapolis Road. The hike will be about four miles with lunch near the river at the half way point. Although it is mostly level, it is a bit uneven and we think boots would be a good idea. This hike is on private property (Gualala Redwood Timber) and it's a very beautiful, peaceful area.
Mary Sue Ittner & Bob Rutemoeller

October 22, 2015 - SALT POINT PRAIRIE
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 10:00. Drive to the entrance to Salt Point Park on Seaview Road. Starting at 10:30 walk north on Seaview Road until you intersect Kruse Ranch Road. Descend on it until you reach the entrance to the Plantation Trail (Salt Point). We will follow it until it insects the Prairie Trail, turn right and follow it to the Prairie where we will have lunch. There are steep stretches (up and down) so a walking stick and boots are recommended. If we've had rain by this time, this is a good hike to see mushrooms. After lunch we will return (up and downhill) to the cars.
Leaders: Ken and Marian Brown

October 29, 2015 - DMC LOOP #4
Carpool at 10:00 am at Gualala Business Sign pullout just north of bridge or meet at 10:15 at the Del Mar Center on TSR. Hangtags needed for non-Sea Ranch hikers. Start from the Del Mar Center by crossing Highway 1 onto Deertrail. At the trail post 132A turn right to access the Azalea Loop Trail, taking one of the loops to trail post 128. Turn right to take "Leeward Spur Connector". Cross highway to Leeward Spur, left on Leeward Road, right on Osprey to Bluff Trail, then north to post 49, taking trail to Tide Pool, turn right to Sea Drift and left on Leeward Road. Lunch in the Del Mar garden or the Secret Place behind the Del Mar Schoolhouse.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

November 5, 2015 - MANCHESTER STATE PARK BEACH TO IRISH BEACH (new)
Meet at 10:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 10:30.  We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road (mm 22.48), then turn directly left and park on the road that parallels Highway One. Hike starts around 11. Mary will lead us to a nice view point before we make our way to the beach. Walk north as far as we can and return. We will eat our lunches somewhere along the way. This is beach walking, but it's a moderately low tide so hopefully we will be able to walk on wet sand.
Leader: Mary Heibel

November 12, 2015 - UP & DOWN FROM OHLSON RANCH - THE CLUSTERS
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 10:15 a.m. Start at Ohlson Ranch Center at 10:30 a.m. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Take the Blufftop Trail north to post 27. Turn left on Breaker Reach to Vantage, crossing the highway and picking up the stub to the trail and then turning right and then left to walk uphill to post 113 and the cluster homes at Madrone Meadows. Walk up to Redwood Rise where the walk-in cabins are and then left at Pine Meadow Road to Unit 29A. This was planned in 1970's. The 4 model homes #2, #3, #4 (Yuen), #5 as well as a few cabins were completed in 1972. We'll eat our lunches in the leader's home. Afterwards walk down from the forest to the water treatment plant, crossing the highway and back to the Ohlson Ranch and the cars.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

November 18, 2015 DMC LOOP #6
Carpool at 9:45 at Gualala Business Sign pullout just north of bridge or meet at 10:00 at Del Mar Center on TSR. Hang tags needed for parking for non Sea Ranch hikers.  Walk north on Leeward accessing the trail to the Bluff Trail on Solstice. Walk north on it taking the Salal Trail to the end continuing along the highway to Gualala Point County Park. Cross the highway and take the connector trail to the Badger Trail to the Pomo Hillside Trail, the Saloon Trail and back to the Del Mar Center.
Leader: Adrian Adams

November 25, 2015
No organized hike today. Happy Thanksgiving!

December 3, 2015 - ANNAPOLIS ROAD HIKE #2 variation
Carpool at 10:30 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at The Sea Ranch Business Center on Annapolis Rd at 10:45. Turn right before you reach the Fire Station. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply.  Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non Sea Ranchers.  Drive on Annapolis Road for about 5 miles from Highway One turnoff.  Pass a sign for 37151 on right and then park on the next road that goes off to the left, Noce Rd. Hike on Annapolis Road to the Annapolis Winery on Soda Springs Road where there are tables where we can have our lunch. Retrace our steps afterwards. This is a very pretty stretch of the road.
Leaders: Bob Rutemoeller & Mary Sue Ittner

December 10, 2015 GUALALA POINT PARK #4
Meet at the Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00 (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post.) Or park across the street and cross Highway One if you do not have a pass. Walk through the Serge Poles and then cross the road to the bench overlooking the Gualala River. Take the trail from there that leads to the Visitor Center and from there the grass trail to the Beach. Walk on the beach, turning around and retracing steps and then hike south pass the restrooms and along the bluff to Gualala Point. Turn around and hike the road back to the Visitors Center where there are picnic tables sheltered from the wind for lunch. Return to the cars after lunch.
Leaders: Ken and Marian Brown

December 17, 2015 MOONRAKER  HIKE
Carpool at 10:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge or meet at 11:00 at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot. Hike to Moonraker Rd and take trail behind tennis courts.  Trail exits on Ramsgate which take to Galleon's Reach. Turn west to Seagate and turn right on it and follow it to the end.  Continue on trail at end of Seagate. Turn left to Bluff on public access trail which intersects bluff trail at Pebble Beach. Lunch at Pebble Beach and then back along the bluff to TSR Lodge.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

December 24, 2015 GUALALA ARTS TO GREEN  IRON BRIDGE ROAD HIKE
Meet at 10:00 in back part of Gualala Arts parking lot. Hike along the road down to the bridge and the end of the county road and back walking through the closed for the winter campground on the way. There are some mild elevation changes and lovely glimpses of the Gualala River. Soup and salad lunch following at the Gualala Arts Center courtesy of Mary Sue, Harmony, Sus, Mary, and Bob.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

December 31, 2015 - SALT POINT BLUFFS/SLEEPING LION
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory at 9:30 and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:45. Start at 10:00 at Salt Point State Park. Hike past the Visitor's Center and walk to the South Gerstle Cove Picnic Area. From here we will follow the bluff as closely as possible. The rock formations and views from the bluff are outstanding and at this time of the year there are often fireworks waves. The paths are rough and eroded in places and walking sticks and boots are recommended. Our leaders will point out a "sleeping lion" rock formation. We will turn around at some point and return to the picnic area for lunch.  Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leaders: Bob Rutemoeller & Mary Sue Ittner

January 7, 2016 LEEWARD ROAD - BLUFF TRAIL
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50 and at the Del Mar Center at 10:00. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Walk south on Leeward Road until it intersects Sea Pine Reach , accessing the meadow trail at Post 43B. If it is too wet, can stay on the road until reaching Pacific Reach. Go south on Pacific Reach taking one of the access trails from Pipers Reach to the Bluff Trail. Turn right follow the bluff as much as possible passing by Walk-On Beach (and maybe walking on it) until you get to post 49 where you take the "Portal Babbling Brook" connector to Tide Pool, Sea Drift and Leeward to the Del Mar Center. Lunch optional or in the garden or at the well.
Leader: Laura Bridge

January 14, 2016  CURLY LANE
Meet at 9:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 10:00 to carpool. We will meet the leaders to start the hike at 10:15 on Curly Lane. Curly Lane is a dirt road that passes through pleasant scenery (green meadows, ponds, cows) making you forget where you started until you see the lovely views of the ocean on the return. This is a short hike, sometimes windy, mostly level but some up and down. Afterwards those people who are interested can drive to Point Arena for lunch out.
Leaders: John & Lynn Walton

January 21, 2016 AIRPORT ROUNDABOUT: FLY CLOUD, DEEP WOODS, SEA RIDGE
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:00 at the end of Spar Close. Turn on Annapolis Road from Highway One, left on Sea Ridge, left on Pilot's Reach, left on Spar Close. Start at the end of Spar Close; right on Pilot's Reach; right on Sea Ridge Road. Continue on Sea Ridge across Annapolis, where it becomes Timber Ridge. Walk on Timber Ridge, turning right on Westgate Drive left on Fly Cloud left on Timber Ridge. Take a trail east on Annapolis Road until Verdant View, cross Annapolis and turn right on the trail a short distance to Timber Ridge, where you turn left. Walk along Timber Ridge turning right on River Beach Road, to Deep Woods Drive, right on East Ridge Road to post 311, left on trail to post 313 left on Timber Ridge, right on Spring Meadow, left on Sea Ridge. Turn right on Pilot's Reach, then left on Spar Close. We can eat our lunches out of the elements at Jane's.
Leader: Jane Seck

January 28, 2016 STORNETTA PUBLIC LANDS LOOP
Meet at 9:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 10:00 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at Rollerville Junction 2 miles north of Point Arena at 10:30. We will enjoy the gorgeous view of the ocean as we walk along the road toward the lighthouse or the road toward the old Coast Guard Loran site (now owned by Mendocino Community College.) Depending on the weather and the condition of the trails we will either do a loop or walk along "huckleberry road" and into the spectacular middle section and return. Lunch somewhere along the way.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

February 4, 2016 - ANNAPOLIS ROAD HIKE #1
Carpool at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at The Sea Ranch Business Center on Annapolis Rd at 9:30. Turn right before you reach the Fire Station. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply.  Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non Sea Ranchers. Park along side what was once the Old Hollow Tree Store across from the Sonoma County Maintenance yard at 32700 Annapolis Road (the future home of the Annapolis VFD.) Hike east along the road for about an hour hopefully reaching or passing the wonderful old Madrone tree and return. This is a chance to see the land as it once was and compare it with the parcels that have been converted to vineyards. There is some up and down on this hike, but this stretch is flatter than what comes before or after. We will drive to the Annapolis Winery after we return to the cars to eat our lunches weather permitting.
Leader: Mary Sue Ittner

February 11, 2016 - POMO TRAILS AND FOREST
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50. Meet at Dard's (205 Screech Owl, Sea Ranch) at 10:00. It's East on Halcyon (North end of Sea Ranch) North on Deer Trail, West on Screech Owl.  Starting on Screech Owl, do entire Pomo Creekside Trail. Turn left on Deer Trail and walk until you catch the Pomo Hillside Trail. As this trail exits to Deer Trail take the Badger Trail to the dirt road, turn left and after a few hundred feet take unofficial trail to the right through the grass and over a flattened to the ground barbed wire fence to the county campground road. Turn to the right and walk to the campground. At the bottom of hill take unofficial trail heading toward river and explore this beautiful area. Reverse and start back. Cover the route taken inbound to dirt road, turn right to Post 152 turning left on Haversack connector trail. Take it exiting on cul-de-sac which traverse turning right on Deer Trail. Turn in on Pomo Creekside trail and return to beginning. Lunch at Dard's at the end.
Leader: Laura Bridge

February 18, 2016 - KING RIDGE LOOP
Meet at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:30. From Skagg's Spring Road turn on Tin Barn Road and drive to King Ridge Road and park. Hike King Ridge two miles (up) and return. This stretch is very beautiful in winter with mist, oak trees, and nice views. There is plenty of up and down on this hike.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

February 25, 2016 - CORMORANT, BREAKER MEADOW, OHLSON BEACH, SHELL BEACH LOOP & POTLUCK
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:00 at Steve and Bonnie Coffeysmith's house, corner of Bluff Reach and Cormorant Close. Drop off food for a potluck. Walk to marker 30A and follow the hedgerow to marker 30D. Turn right and follow the trail to 26D and continue on Breaker Meadow Trail to 25D. Take the bike trail from 25D to marker 21, passing by Knipp-Stengel Barn. Turn right to Ohlson Beach, then return to 21, turn left and walk along the bluff to marker 24, overlooking Stengel Beach. Follow the bluff trail from 24, 24A, 25 to marker 31. Check out the cormorant nesting area at the point, then continue along the bluff to Shell Beach and loop back via 33, 33A, and Cormorant Reach to complete the loop. Bonnie promises to make soup and hikers can furnish other food for a potluck after the hike.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

March 3, 2016 - POINT ARENA PUBLIC LANDS LOOP
Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at Point Arena City Hall at 10:00. Walk north until you reach a road that will lead you to the bluff and spectacular ocean views. Follow the bluff north for a while to catch the spectacular middle section with views of the islands, ocean, and the Lighthouse before turning around and walking south along the bluff towards Arena Cove. This is mostly coastal grassland so there isn't much elevation change, but the ground is uneven and there are gopher holes so good hiking shoes are helpful.  A suitable lunch spot will be found with a good view before returning to the cars.
Leaders: Lynn & John Walton

March 10, 2016 - DMC TO GUALALA POINT PARK
Carpool at 9:45 at Gualala Business Sign pullout just north of bridge.  Start at 10:00 at Del Mar Center on TSR. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Hike south on Leeward, turning right on Sea Drift and accessing the Blufftop Trail from Tidepool. Walk north to Gualala Point Park. Depending on the trails, return via the bluff or access the Del Mar Meadow Trail to Leeward and the Del Mar Center for lunch.
Leader:  Linda Kennedy

March 17, 2016 - CRISPIN LANE
Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool. We will drive to Crispin Lane in Manchester, parking at the Grange and walk to the end of this county road. Hike starts around 10:00 a.m. We will pass green fields and have lovely views of the ocean on our way back. This road starts out relatively flat and then goes slowly up so we'll coast on the return trip. Depending on the weather we will either go back to the cars or when we reach the lane to Francesca Tyrnauer's, we will turn left. The walk to her house is an interesting one. Before lunch on her deck we can walk to "The Glen." Afterwards we will eat our lunches on her deck and then return to our cars.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Mary Heibel

March 24, 2016 - KRUSE RANCH ROAD TO PLANTATION
Carpool at 9:30 at pullout for the Gualala business directory north of bridge, or at the Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:45. Shortly after entering Salt Point State Park, drivers from the north should prepare to turn left on Kruse Ranch Road and drive to the official parking area for Kruse Reserve. There are no fees or passes required and primitive toilets are available. Hike will begin from the Kruse parking area at 10:00. We will hike up the gravel road all the way to Plantation. The ascent is gradual, but the gravel large and often sharp, so sturdy shoes are recommended. In the late nineteenth century, Plantation was an important destination for travelers from San Francisco on their way to Gualala. It had the only hotel available. The views are spectacular. We will walk along several gushing creeks, and have views into deep forested canyons. This hike is a bit longer than our regular hikes, about five miles, but the rewards are great. Lunch at the end in the area adjoining the parking.
Leader: Marian and Ken Brown

March 31, 2016 - Hot Spot Twofish Loop (new)
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:00 at end of Verdant View near Twofish Baking Company. Hang tags needed. We will walk the roads down to the Hot Spot. Weather/mud permitting we will walk the earthquake trail and Hot Spot Loop. If it is too muddy we will just stick to the road down to the Hot Spot and back up. We will emerge from the Hot Spot via Deep Woods to East Ridge then connect to the Ridge Trail at post 101 turning back at post 103 and taking Sorcerer Wood to Timber Ridge and depending on timing return to Twofish via Timber Ridge Rd or go around the Airport and return via Sea Ridge Road. Optional lunch at the end of the hike at Twofish. For those wishing to eat there be sure to order in advance by phone: 785-2443.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

April 7, 2016 - HUGAL RAVINE-LONG MEADOW LOOP (new)
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge or meet at 10:00 at Ohlson Rec Center (just south of the white barn). Hang tags needed. Cross the highway to post 254A and take the Hugal RavineTrail* to Seabird Road. Pick up the trails again at the end of Schooner Dr. (post 109) and follow the Sag Ponds Trail to Ridge Trail via post 104, then right at post 103 to Sorcerer Wood at post 102. Pick up the trails again at post 314. Turn left at post 240 and take Long Meadow Trail down to Highway 1. Cross Highway 1 and take the bike and foot trails to Ohlson Rec Center. NOTE: If weather or mud is a problem the leader may reroute us onto more roads and fewer trails. Lunch at Ohlson Rec Center. *Hugal Ravine is steep. Please be prepared for elevation change during this hike.
Leader: Jane Seck

April 14, 2016 - FORT ROSS ROAD WILDFLOWER HIKE (new)
Carpool at the Gualala Business Directory pullout just north of bridge at 9:00, and meet at the Sea Ranch Lodge north (additional) parking lot at 9:15. Start at 10:00 at Meyers Grade Rd. and Fort Ross Rd. We will walk down to Bohan Dillon Road (about 625 ft elevation change) and continue to the Niestrath Rd. junction and perhaps beyond. Final plan for this hike and a decision on whether to shuttle or walk back up the hill and where to have lunch will be made after a current scouting trip. Mary Sue led this hike April 11, 2000 for Hikes4Health and the wildflowers along the bank on the walk down were wonderful.
Leader: Mary Sue Ittner

April 21, 2016 ALDER CREEK - MANCHESTER STATE BEACH
Meet at 9:05 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:15. The hike starts at the public access from Highway One on about mile marker 22.27 at 9:45. We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road, then turn directly left and park on the road that parallels Highway One. We will walk down the road where it is closed until we come to the trail that leads to the environmental campground hoping to see wildflowers and walk back via the beach if we can. We may change the direction of the hike depending on the wind. We will have lunch afterwards at Beverley Thompson's lovely garden to view spring flowers (Rhododendrons and Azaleas to name a few.)
Leader: Mary Heibel

April 28, 2016 - BLACKPOINT BEACH WALK & BLACKPOINT-BIHLER POINT WILDFLOWER FOOTPATHS
Carpool at the Gualala Business Directory pullout just north of bridge at 9:45, and meet at the Sea Ranch Lodge north (additional) parking lot at 10:00. Walk north from the parking lot to the fire road. Turn left, then right to marker 1. Go down the stairs and walk on the beach to the north end, returning to the stairs (Note: The stairs are steep!). From marker 1, walk south to the first gate marked with the wildflower path marker and follow the path to Black Point, the barn, and Bihler Point. Continue on the marked path toward the Lodge, past the old sheepherder's cabin, and turn left on the main trail. Follow the Bluff Trail from marker 1 to 3, turn right and continue through the hedgerow to marker 3C, then right on Moonraker to the fire road gate at Black Point Reach. At the end of the fire trail we will go to either the barn or the Lodge chair area for our lunches. Note: If it's windy, the leader may modify the plan.
Leader: Laura Bridge

SODA SPRINGS RESERVE - May 5, 2016
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala Business Directory just north of bridge at 9:45 and/or at the Sea Ranch Annapolis Road Business Center at 10:00.  Turn right before you reach the Fire Station. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers who park there to carpool. Park on Kelly Road 1 mile beyond entrance to Annapolis winery and hike to park. Hike on gravel road 2.3 miles to this 49 acre relatively unknown Sonoma County Park known locally as Kelly Park.  From the Parks website: "The park is a perfect place to stop among your travels. Rest or hike under the fragrant shelter of redwood groves, while enjoying the soothing sounds of running water from the adjacent Soda Springs Creek. Amenities include picnic areas, restroom, barbecues, and hiking trails."  Lunch, tour the park, and return.
Leaders: Ken & Marian Brown

MOAT CREEK   #3 - May 12, 2016
Meet at 9:30 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Carpool at Anchor Bay at 9:40 south side of town on west side of highway. Start at Moat Creek at MM 12.77 on way to Pt. Arena at 9:50. Carpooling is important as there may be abalone divers parked at the Moat Creek parking lot.  Hike bluff south to Bowling Ball Beach admiring all you can see on a minus tide and then return via beach and bluff. Mostly level, but two short steep stretches (up one way and down another.) The beach can be rocky and a bit challenging to walk on in a few stretches so hiking sticks are helpful. There are often nice wildflowers this time of the year along the bluff and Bowling Ball Beach at a low tide is a sight to behold. Afterwards we'll drive to Hearn Gulch for lunch. This could be a good year for wildflowers there. The route down to the beach is a little tricky with a rope to hold onto.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

SALT POINT LOOP  - May 19, 2016
Carpool at 9:30 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:45. Park at the call box parking area one-half mile south of Stump Beach on the east side of HWY 1 (south of MM 41.00). Take trail on east side of the highway. We will do a forest loop and then cross the highway and walk through the campground to the headlands. Hike north on the bluff all the way admiring the flower display and then continue on the trail in the direction of the highway. Have lunch seated on some wonderful rock ledges, watch the crashing surf and see the salt pockets after which Salt Point was named at Glen's Spot.  After lunch continue on the trail and carefully walk back to the cars. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails. Walking sticks are a good idea. This is potentially a bit longer hike, but it has both forest and bluff, some of the best wildflower viewing in the area and a wonderful lunch spot. If its windy we may do the hike in reverse direction and lunch in the forest.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

STORNETTA LANDS OCEAN VIEWS NORTH -  May 26, 2016
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory and meet at 10:10 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool. Park in front of the Lighthouse north of Point Arena. The walk begins at 10:30 by following the bluffs to the north/east and following the Garcia River upstream (via the bluffs). The views and wildflowers could be lovely. This hike can be also windy or foggy and the ground may be uneven due to cow walking/grazing so sticks are recommended. The exact route, lunch spot and return will be determined on the day of the hike and may be a bit different from this description.
Leader: Mary Heibel

BOBCAT TO TSR LODGE- June 2, 2016
Meet at 9:30 at the Gualala business directory to carpool and at 9:45 at the Sea Ranch Lodge to carpool. There isn't a lot of space to park at our starting point so carpooling is needed. Start at 10:00 at the trail head on Indian Close off Timber Ridge Road. Hang tags needed to park here. This is a beautiful hike down a forested, shady hillside. There are some steep stretches, so bring your walking stick The trail leads down and north, crosses Crows Nest Drive, and eventually turns down and south on the hillside along Hwy 1, ending on Moonraker Road. Cross the highway and walk to The Moonraker Recreation Center and down Brigantine's Reach to the Blufftop Trail. If time permits do the footpaths of Black and Bihler Points on the way back to the Lodge to check for late blooming wildflowers and then head for Black Point Beach or the lounge chairs in front of the lodge for lunch.
Leader: Laura Bridge

WALT STORNETTA RANCH AND VIEWS (new) - June 9, 2016
THE JUNE 9 HIKE HAS CHANGED!  The livestock situation (bulls) has made it impossible to do the scheduled Stornetta Ranch hike at this time, so the following hike is being offered instead:

WALK-ON-BEACH TO GUALALA POINT PARK
Meet at the Hidden parking lot (left of the Gualala Point Park pay station) at 9:50 a.m. to carpool to Walk-On-Beach parking lot off Highway 1. (If you do not have a regional park permit, you can park on the east side of Highway 1 across from the park entrance.) We take the public access trail to Walk-On-Beach before heading north on the bluff trail  to Gualala Point Park. Lunch options include the beach, picnic tables on the bluff by the bathrooms or the tables at the visitor's center. Carpool drivers (and any Sea Ranchers who met the group there) will  be shuttled back to Walk-On-Beach parking lot.
Leader: Gary Beall

RIDGE, SAG PONDS, BIG TREE AND BIG TREE LOOP TRAILS - June 16, 2016
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:45 a.m. Please bring hang tags for non Sea Ranchers. Going south exit Highway 1 to the left at Deerfield. Go to the top of Deerfield and turn right on Timber Ridge. Start at Big Tree Close and Timber Ridge at Ridge Trail post 122 at 10 a.m. Pass Ridge Trail post 116.  At Ridge Trail post 111 take left fork.  Follow trail to Ridge Trail post 104 at which point you are at Longmeadow Street. Go through gate and turn right onto Sag Ponds Trail at trail post 104A.Continue on this trail past the Sag Pond to Sag Ponds Trail post 109A.  Turn right and walk to trail post 110.  Turn left on Ridge Trail and walk to trail post 117.  Turn left downhill on Big Tree trail to post 118.  Continue downhill now on Big Tree Loop trail and walk to trail post 267.  Here there is a bench with a great view.  Time for lunch.  After lunch at trail post 267 take a left turn and hike to Big Tree Loop trail post 120. Turn left and exit the Big Tree Loop Trail at Big Tree Close at trail post 123. Turn right and return to parking area on Timber Ridge.
Leader: Adrian Adams

MENDOCINO REDWOODS/GARCIA RIVER LOOP (new) - June 23, 2016
Carpool at 10:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge. Drive to just north of the Voorhee's dirt road off of 10 Mile Road and park on east side of 10 Mile (opposite of the parking for the BIG ROCK hike). We will walk down the logging road to the Garcia River and lunch beside the river. After lunch we will return to the cars via a road through a hunting campground that connects at the top to the Voorhee's road.The first half is all down hill and the second half (after lunch) is pretty much all up hill so be prepared. We will take our time and enjoy this lovely forest and river walk. NOTE: If you are adverse to elevation change we do not recommend coming on this hike.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

HIKE TO THE 'TWO FISH BAKING CO. - June 30, 2016
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 10:45. Hike will start at the Ohlson Ranch Parking Lot on The Sea Ranch at 11:00. Hang tags needed. This is a moderate hike, mainly uphill to the Bakery on Verdant View  off Annapolis Road and downhill on the way back. Cross Highway One opposite Ohlson Ranch and go right through gate, taking trail above the stables, crossing Longmeadow Road. Take trail to Sea Ridge Road, then left when you hit Annapolis Road. Cross Annapolis and go right on Verdant View to Business Center where bakery is located. Lunch should be pre-ordered at 785-2443.  There is a choice of delicious sandwiches, pizza or salads. If you wish, you may bring your own lunch. We return to the Ohlson Center  via Annapolis and Sea Ridge Rd., turning left on Pilot’s Reach to trailhead. Follow the trail to the highway. Cross Highway One onto Navigators Reach. Turn right at trail marker and follow to the Ohlson Center.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

GUALALA POINT PARK #1  July 7, 2016
Meet at the Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00 (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post.) Or park across the street and cross Highway One if you do not have a pass.  Hike to the bluff, go north, and then back to the Visitors Center, walking occasionally on the road, but mostly on trails. After a brief stop on the benches to look at the view of the river, we will take the trail down to the river and under the highway to the campground. From there we will walk through the forest and down to the Gualala River for lunch. After lunch we will walk back to the cars via the road to the campground. This hike has more bathroom possibilities than any we do, but it also has the ocean, the Magic Forest (hopefully not logged),  the Gualala River, and sometimes Leopard Lilies this time of the year.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner & Bob Rutemoeller

DEL MAR CENTER TO CHAPEL - July 14, 2016
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool or at the Del Mar Center at 10:00. Hang tags are needed for non Sea Ranchers. Walk on Leeward southeast, crossing the highway on Deer Trail Road. Take the Azalea Loop Trail to the Chapel Trail to the Chapel. Cross Highway One at Bosuns Reach and take the first loop to the meadow trail.  At Osprey Reach walk east on the road to Leeward Spur and cross the highway again to rejoin the Chapel Trail.  Return via the other Azalea Loop. Anyone wanting a shorter walk can arrange to leave a car at the Chapel. There are elevation changes on this hike so a walking stick might be helpful and some open areas if there is a warm day. Lunch at the end at the "secret place" at the Del Mar School house or the Del Mar garden.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

HORSESHOE COVE--SALT POINT NORTH - July 21,2016
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:15. Park at MM 44.00 at Salt Point. The turnoff is tricky; turnoff at MM44 even though the sign says Turnout 1/4 mile. This hike is quite steep in places so hiking sticks and boots are recommended. Hike on the trail staying right at the fork until you go over the crest of the hill and have a beautiful view of Horseshoe Cove. Descend sharply until you reach the Bluff. Walk south along the bluff until about 11:30 and retrace your steps until we reach a magical rock formation for lunch. The return to the cars after lunch will be uphill, but this is a gorgeous spot so worth the effort.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

GUALALA POINT PARK - SEA RANCH NORTH -July 28, 2016
Start at Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00  (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post.)   There is a fee per car. (Or park across the street and cross Highway One if you do not have a pass.)  Cross the highway and pick up the new section of the Badger Trail.  Take the Badger Trail and hike the Pomo Hillside Trail to Deer Trail. Turn left (post 147) and walk along the road, turning right on Halcyon and crossing the highway. Turn right on Leeward, left on Fish Rock, taking the trail through the hedge row to the Bluff Trail. Walk north along the trail until you reach the park at post 78. Turn right and walk to the Visitor's Center for lunch and back to the Hidden Parking lot.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

GUALALA POINT PARK - SEA RANCH NORTH -July 28, 2016
Start at Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00  (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post.)   There is a fee per car. (Or park across the street and cross Highway One if you do not have a pass.)  Cross the highway and pick up the new section of the Badger Trail.  Take the Badger Trail and hike the Pomo Hillside Trail to Deer Trail. Turn left (post 147) and walk along the road, turning right on Halcyon and crossing the highway. Turn right on Leeward, left on Fish Rock, taking the trail through the hedge row to the Bluff Trail. Walk north along the trail until you reach the park at post 78. Turn right and walk to the Visitor's Center for lunch and back to the Hidden Parking lot.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

August 4, 2016 - FORT ROSS GRASSLANDS AND COVE (New)
Carpool at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:30 or meet at Fort Ross State Park at 10:00. There is a charge of $8 per car for parking, $7 for the senior rate (62 and older.)  People who have passes should bring them. We will first walk north along the bluff exploring this undeveloped part of the park with lovely ocean views and then turn around and walk to the Fort. Most of this is grassland, but because of the wind most of the vegetation is not very tall except in a few places. Although the elevation changes are minimal, the ground is very uneven and the trails are not always visible so wearing good shoes is recommended. When we arrive at the Fort there is a choice. Those people who want to explore the Fort and have lunch at one of the picnic tables in the Fort can do so and the rest of us will walk to the Cove for lunch. Afterwards we'll all meet in the Fort and walk through it and back to the Interpretive Center and return to our cars. Dogs aren’t allowed on most of the Fort Ross trails.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

August 11, 2016 - MANCHESTER STATE BEACH AND THOMPSON HEATHER GARDENS
Meet at 9:05 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:15. The hike starts at the public access from Highway One on about mile marker 22.27 at 9:45. We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road, then turn directly left and park on the road that parallels Highway One. We will walk to the ocean and then go south on the beach and then return. We will drive to the Thompson garden afterwards for lunch. There will be a little beach walking, but there aren't rocks to scramble over and Manchester Beach is very pretty.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

August 18, 2016 - WALK ON JOYCE'S PROPERTY AND FROG SONG VISIT (New)
Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and/or at Bower Park at 9:30 to carpool. The final carpool spot will be at Ten Mile (Cutoff) Road and Eureka Hill Road at 9:50. Joyce Nugent will lead us to her house. She only has room for 4, perhaps 5, cars so car pooling is essential if very many people come. The hike starts in the back of  her house. Go through the meadow to a path that leads to a swimming hole at the Garcia River. Continue on this private road through the community area passing interesting out buildings including a studio, winery and an outdoor pizza oven. Keep going until you reach the creek on a logging road; continue on up a rather challenging hill. Then down the dirt road back to the house.  After walking this loop we will drive to Frog Song, Sandy Scott's amazing garden, where we will have an opportunity to explore all the special features. There will be a lot of inviting places in her garden where we can eat our lunches.
Leaders: Joyce Nugent  and Ginger Thompson-Veys

August 25, 2016 - GUALALA ROAD to  GREEN IRON BRIDGE and GAC HIKING TRAILS
Meet at 10:00 in back part of Gualala Arts parking lot. Walk the GAC trails before hiking along the road down to the bridge, and to the end of the county road and back. Eat lunch at the picnic tables at the Art Center admiring the stone walls. The Art-in-the-Redwoods show will still be up so people who missed it or want to see the art again without the crowds will be able to do so. There are some mild elevation changes on this sometimes shady road that follows the Gualala River. Hiking boots a good idea I think for the longer of the Gualala Arts Center trails as it is a forest trail.
Leaders: John & Lynn Walton

KRUSE RHODODENDRON STATE RESERVE -September 1, 2016
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, or at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:00. Shortly after entering Salt Point State Park, drivers from the north should prepare to turn left on Kruse Ranch Road, just before Fisk Mill Cove. There is just a short drive to the official parking area. No fees and no passes required. Hike will begin from the Kruse parking area at 10:15. We will hike the short Rhododendron trail connecting with the Phillips Gulch Trail and return on the Chinese Gulch Trail. This is only a 2.5 mile hike. The first part is mostly up and the second part is mostly down.  We will cross eight bridges. This is a spectacular area with rhododendrons and orchids in bloom in the spring. Lunch at the end near the cars. Dogs are not allowed on the Kruse trails.
Leader: Gary Beall

September 8, 2016 - CROSS-SECTION OF SEA RANCH VARIATION
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:45 and park at the public access trail for Stengel Beach at 10:00. Cross the highway at the White Barn and walk UP Hugal Ravine (this is the hard part) to Sea Bird and the end of Schooner.  Take left fork at Post 109A joining the Ridge Trail. Walk north to Post 111, turning left on the Cluster Trail catching the Skid Road Trail at 112 and go down by the Clusters at Madrone Meadow and cross the highway again at post 266 catching the trail to the bluff. Lunch on Stengel Beach.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

September 15, 2016 - STORNETTA T AND HUCKLEBERRY PICKIN'
Meet at 9:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 10:00 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at Rollerville Junction 2 miles north of Point Arena at 10:30. We will be hiking a T pattern.  Starting down the road (aka Huckleberry Row) to the Loran Station we will first head south to some spectacular rock formations and then retrace back to the Loran Station and this time we will head north for some more great views of the lighthouse (weather permitting) and our coastline. After taking in the views we will return and eat our lunch near the blow holes. Eventually we will retrace our way back along "Huckleberry Row" where those who want to may stay and pick huckleberries can and others can return by the road to their cars. Carpools should be done in a way to accommodate pickers and non-pickers.  This is a relatively flat hike with only minor elevation change.
Leader: John and Lynn Walton

September 22, 2016 - WALK-ON BEACH/ MONARCH GLEN LOOP
Meet at 10:30 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:45 at the Shell Beach Public Access parking area. Take the access trail to the bluff and turn north. Walk along the Bluff Trail taking the first possible stairs to Walk-On Beach. Cross the beach to the stairs at the end and after ascending turn right to walk the Bluff Trail back to One-Eyed Jack's for lunch. After lunch walk through the hedge row to the Monarch Glen Interpretive Trail. Do that loop exiting where we entered and walking a short way to the Leeward Meadow trail, turning left to 35C, right to 35D and right to take the trail next to the highway to the end. Then it is a right on Whalebone Reach, left on Pacific Reach to catch the last part of the access trail back to the cars.
Leader: Adrian Adams

September 29, 2016 HOT SPOT PICNIC AND HIKE
Meet at 9:35 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 9:50 at the end of Verdant View near Twofish Baking Company. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply. Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non Sea Ranchers. Carpool to the Hot Spot and start from there at 10:00. Walk up the Hot Spot Loop Trail to River Beach Road to Deep Woods to East Ridge Rd catching the Ridge Trail from 101 to 105. At post 105 take the trail to the left, at 106 a left again to backtrack past 104 to 103 exiting at Sorcerer Wood and picking up the Spring Meadow Trail at 313 to 306 Walk down River Beach Road entering the San Andreas Fault Interpretive Trail at post 304 and following it to post 305. Continue on River Beach Road, catching the road to return to the Hot Spot for lunch. Lunches can be left in the car as we'll eat at the end of the hike. Walking sticks advised for this hike.
Leader: Laura Bridge

October 6, 2016 STILLWATER COVE/PEACE OBELISK
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. We will be hiking in three distinct areas. First we'll drive south to visit the smallest state park in California, the 93-foot-high "Peace Obelisk" sculpture by the late Benjamino Bufano, a renowned San Francisco sculptor and to hike a few of the interesting trails that the Timber Cove Inn has created. Then we will drive to the day use area of Stillwater Cove and hike in the forest. One of the bridges has given out so we may need to ford the stream in two spots. We may see fringed corn lilies in bloom. Last we will  hike the interesting bluff section of Stillwater Cove and eat our lunches on the spectacular rock formation (think mushroom and cow) and then return back to our cars. Car pooling is important for this hike.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

October 13, 2016 - POMO AND SALOON TRAILS
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50. Start at 10:00 at Dard and Mary Hunter’s house on 205 Screech Owl where we can leave our lunches (east on Halcyon, left on Deer Trail, left on Screech Owl.) Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Do the lower loop of the Pomo Creek Trail continuing to the end turning left on Deer Trail at post 146 and walking to post 148. Walk the Pomo Hillside Trail back to post 147, Deer Trail south to Halcyon where we will catch the Saloon Trail at post 141 and take it to post 133, walking on Deer Trail again and then walking across the highway, turning right on Leeward. Walk north to Tallgrass continuing until you come to the spot where the golf cart path passes under Highway One. Hike under the Highway and continue on the trail until you intersect the Saloon Trail. Turn left and walk north on the trail ending at Screech Owl where we can join Dard to eat our lunches.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

October 20, 2016 STUMP BEACH SALT POINT BLUFFS   
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 10:00 at The Sea Ranch Lodge to carpool and start at Stump Beach at the north end of Salt Point at approx. 10:30.  We will park at Stump Beach and follow the trail down to the 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 walk for an hour and then head back the way we came stopping at "Glen's Spectacular Spot" for lunch and then walk back to our cars. The bluff part of this hike is relatively flat but the trail down and up from the beach is steep and walking sticks are recommended. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leader: Harmony

October 27, 2016- SEA RANCH BLUFF TRAIL And LINDA'S HOUSE POTLUCK
Meet at 9:40 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Linda's house: 37677 White Barn at 9:50. Non-Sea Rancher's will need hang tags or can park at the public access spot for Stengel Beach which is really close. We will leave our food for a potluck at Linda's. Hike starts around 10:00 a.m.  Walk to the bluff trail and head south for about an hour with leader's choice for returning via the bluff and possibly the Sea Meadow trail or roads and bike paths. We will end this hike with a potluck.
Leaders:  Linda Kennedy

November 3, 2016 CORMORANT-WALK-ON BEACH LOOP
Meet at 9:45 at the Gualala Business Directory (north of bridge) and at 10:00 at Steve and Bonnie Coffeysmith’s house, 339 Bluff Reach, corner of Bluff Reach and Cormorant Close. Walk to marker 30A and follow the hedgerow to marker 30D. Turn left and follow the trail straight through 31C to 33B. Turn right on Pacific Reach and Whalebone, toward Rt. 1. Turn left at marker 34A, left at 35D, and right at 35C. Continue hiking through the meadows to marker 42C, then turn left and walk to 42, overlooking Walk-on Beach. Turn left and follow the Bluff Trail, passing the TSRA Marine Preserve and Dune Drift Beach at marker 38. Hike to marker 37 and follow the sand trail to the cypress hedgerow, turn right and go to Tidepool Beach to look for harbor seals. Continue on the trail, passing Shell Beach and stopping to check out the cormorant nesting area before returning to the Coffeysmith’s to enjoy your bag lunch.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

November 10, 2016 - POINT ARENA PUBLIC LANDS LOOP
Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at Point Arena City Hall at 10:00.  After entering the public lands, take the trail on your right. Walk north until you reach a road that will lead you to the bluff and spectacular ocean views. Follow the bluff for a while to appreciate the spectacular middle section and then turn around and walk south along the bluff and return with views of Arena Cove.  A suitable lunch spot will be found with a good view before returning to the cars. This is mostly coastal grassland so there isn't much elevation change, but the ground is uneven and there are gopher holes so good hiking shoes are helpful.
Leaders: John & Lynn Walton

November 17, 2016 SCENIC VIEWS AND COOKS BEACH
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 10:15 or drive directly to the parking area west of Big Gulch Road (north of Gualala after mm 2.16 where Cal Trans sometimes dumps material) where you will meet the leader. We will start walking at 10:30. We will walk south along the Old State Highway and the route of the old railroad. Turning around close to where the Old Milano used to be, we will retrace our steps and walk along Highway 1 north.  This is a scenic corridor with nice views. We will do a short loop east of the Highway on Glennen for more views of ocean and houses before walking  to Cooks Beach. Cooks Beach is a RCLC project providing public access to a sheltered beach. We will descend to the beach for lunch and then return along Highway One to the cars.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

November 24, 2016
No organized hike today. Happy Thanksgiving!

December 1, 2016 - STENGEL BEACH ACCESS LOOP (new)
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:45 and park at the public access trail for Stengel Beach at 10:00. Take the access trail to the Bluff trail and follow it south to post 9. Turn left and take the Pebble Beach access, turning left on the bicycle path before you reach the parking area, continuing on Sculpture Point Drive, right on Navigators Reach, and left on bicycle path. Follow it and the trail to 14 b and c. Cross the highway and continue in the same direction taking 242 on the Firebreak trail to 243 on the Longmeadow trail and going northwest on it around the stables and crossing the highway again at Wild Iris. Depending on the weather lunch will be optional or at one of the beaches or the Ohlson Rec Center.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

December 8, 2016 HENDY WOODS STATE PARK
Meet at 8:30 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 8:40. We will carpool to Hendy Woods State park and begin the hike at approx. 10:00am from the Day-Use Area. This park contains some AMAZING old growth redwoods that are truly a sight to see.  We will meander through the trees past the "hermit hut" and loop back to the Day-Use area for lunch either on the river, in the field or under the trees depending on weather.  We plan to make this journey even if it is raining lightly.  Heavy rain will cancel this hike and reorganize for anyone wanting to hike at carpool spot.
WARNING:  This is a longer drive than we normally do, but I promise if you go you will not be disappointed.  Expect some elevation change.  Walking sticks are not required but might be useful.
Ginger Thompson-Veys

December 15, 2016  GUALALA POINT PARK BLUFF AND LOOP
Start at Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00  (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post.)   There is a fee per car. (Or park across the street and cross Highway One if you do not have a pass.) Walk through the Serge Poles and then cross the road to the bench overlooking the Gualala River. Take the trail from there that leads to the Visitor Center and from there the northernmost trail to the bluff. Hike to Whale Watch Point for the view and then turn south and walk along the Bluff Trail past Salal Cove. Between post 64 and 63 turn left walking through the hedge row and on Fish Rock Road to Leeward. Turn left on Leeward and walk until you intersect the Salal Trail. Turn right following it back to the highway and the Hidden Parking Lot.  Lunch at the picnic tables at the end.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

December 22, 2016 MANCHESTER STATE PARK BEACH TO IRISH BEACH
Meet at 10:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 10:30. We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road (mm 22.48), then turn directly left and park parallel on the road that parallels Highway One. Hike starts around 11. Mary will lead us to a nice view point before we make our way to the beach. Walk north as far as we can and return. We will eat our lunches somewhere along the way. This is beach walking, but it’s a moderately low tide so hopefully we will be able to walk on wet sand. In case we have enough rain that Alder Creek breaks through to the ocean, we will resort to alternate plans (Manchester Beach walking from Alder Creek to Brush Creek or beyond if passable) or Stoneboro Road/beach hikes.
Leader: Mary Heibel

December 29, 2016 GUALALA ARTS TO GREEN  IRON BRIDGE ROAD HIKE (potluck)
Meet at 10:00 in back part of Gualala Arts parking lot. Hike along the road down to the bridge and the end of the county road and back. We hope to get permission to walk through the closed for the winter campground on the way. There are some mild elevation changes and lovely glimpses of the Gualala River. Harmony will prepare something hot for us (soup, chili, not decided yet) and the rest of us can bring something to go with it for lunch following at the Gualala Arts Center.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

January 5, 2017 PEBBLE BEACH #2
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory at 9:35. Park at the Public Access trail for Pebble Beach or at the parking area on Navigators Reach. Start at 10:00 at Post #9 on the Blufftop Trail. Walk south to the Sea Ranch Lodge and the parking lot. Hike to Moonraker Rd and take trail behind tennis courts. Trail exits on Ramsgate which take to Galleon's Reach. Turn west to Seagate and turn right on it and follow it to the end. Continue on trail at end of Seagate.  Turn left to intersect the Blufftop Trail and go north. Lunch optional, but Pebble Beach or Pebble Beach overlook is a very nice place for lunch
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

January 12, 2017 - SALT POINT BLUFFS/SLEEPING LION
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory at 9:30 and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:45. Start at 10:00 at Salt Point State Park. There is a fee for parking so if anyone has a pass, please bring it. Hike past the Visitor’s Center and walk to the South Gerstle Cove Picnic Area. From here we will follow the bluff as closely as possible. The rock formations and views from the bluff are outstanding and at this time of the year there are often fireworks waves. The paths are rough and eroded in places and walking sticks and boots are recommended. Our leaders will point out a "sleeping lion" rock formation. We will turn around at some point and return to the picnic area for lunch.  Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leaders: Bob Rutemoeller & Mary Sue Ittner

January 19, 2017 TIMBER RIDGE ROAD -- POSH SQUASH
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and/or at the end of Verdant View near Two Fish at 10:15. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Walk on informal path west to Timber Ridge Road. Walk south on this road until the end of the road. This is a forested road with ups and downs so a hiking stick could be helpful but is not mandatory. When we reach the end, we will turn around and walk back stopping at the Posh Squash where there are picnic tables where we can eat our lunch and survey the vegetable gardens.
Leader: Laura Bridge

January 26, 2017 TIN BARN ROAD TO KING RIDGE ROAD
Meet at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:30. From Skagg's Spring Road turn on Tin Barn Road. Park where there are logs next to the road, south of Odiyon. Start at 10:00 and walk to King Ridge Road and back, lunching at the end where there are logs along the road you can sit on. This is a road hike, but with lovely green vistas in the winter and glimpses of the Buddhist Temple on the return. Leaders: Ken and Marian Brown

February 2, 2017 CURLY LANE
Meet at 9:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 10:00. There is only room for about 3 cars on Hwy 1 by Curly Lane so if we have more we will need to drop off hikers and leave cars at Moat Creek. Curly Lane is a dirt road that passes through pleasant scenery (green meadows, ponds, cows) making you forget where you started until you see the lovely views of the ocean on the return. This is a short hike, sometimes windy, mostly level but some up and down. Afterwards those people who are interested can drive to the Point Arena harbor for lunch.
Leaders: John and Lynn Walton

February 9, 2017 GUALALA POINT PARK BLUFF AND LOOP
Start at Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00 (on west side entrance just left after pulling past fee post.)   There is a fee per car or you can park across the street and cross Hwy 1 if you do not have a pass. Walk through the Serge Poles and then cross the road to the bench overlooking the Gualala River. Take the trail from there that leads to the Visitor Center and from there the northernmost trail to the bluff. Hike to Whale Watch Point for the view and then turn south and walk along the Bluff Trail past Salal Cove. Between post 64 and 63 turn left walking through the hedge row and on Fish Rock Road to Leeward. Turn left on Leeward and walk until you intersect the Salal Trail. Turn right following it back to the highway and the Hidden Parking Lot.  Lunch at the picnic tables at the end.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

February 16, 2017 ANNAPOLIS ROAD HIKE #1
Carpool at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at The Sea Ranch Business Center on Annapolis Rd at 9:30. Turn right before you reach the Fire Station. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply.  Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non-Sea Ranchers. We will drive east on Annapolis Road and park across from the Sonoma County Maintenance yard at 32700 Annapolis Road. Hike east along the road for about an hour or until we reach the wonderful old Madrone tree and return. On the return we will take a short side trip to look at the Old Annapolis school and the cemetery close to it. When we get back to our cars we will drive to the Annapolis Winery to eat our lunches at their picnic tables. This is a chance to see the land as it once was and compare it with the parcels that have been converted to vineyards. There is some up and down on this hike, but this stretch is flatter than what comes before or after.
Leader: Mary Sue Ittner

February 23, 2017 SALT POINT WATERFALL LOOP 2 (new)
Carpool at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of the bridge and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:30. Park on Hwy 1 south of Campgrounds (leader will show drivers where).  There is room for 3-4 cars here so carpooling is important. We will walk the trail past the waterfall and down to the bluffs where we will head south to the Sleeping Lion and then back north along the bluffs until we reach the paved road which we will walk back to the park entrance. From there we will cross Hwy 1 carefully and walk through the east side campground, and will then pick up the trail back to Hwy 1, where we will cross the road again and return to our cars. Parts of the trail may be muddy depending on weather and the path is steep in areas so plan accordingly. We will have lunch at the Two Fish Bakery in Stewarts Point. If you want to buy a sandwich at the store, please call ahead with your order (707-785-2011) or you can bring your lunch.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

March 2, 2017, SEA RANCH TRAILS WITH THERESA
Meet at 9:45 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and meet at the public access trail for Stengel Beach at 10:00. Theresa will take us for a hike up the hill and back. This hike is with someone who really knows her way around all the trails in her neighborhood. She will limit the elevation gain, but there will be some, so walking sticks are probably a good idea. Lunch is optional, but those who bring one will take it to Stengel Beach to eat it after we return.
Leader: Theresa Yuen

March 9, 2017 AIRPORT ROUNDABOUT #1: FLY CLOUD, DEEP WOODS, SEA RIDGE
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge or park at 10:00 at The Sea Ranch Business Center on Verdant View (turn right before you reach the Fire Station). We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply.  Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non-Sea Ranchers. Walk Verdant View back towards the north and turn left on Annapolis road, using the trail on the left side of the road. Left on Timber Ridge. Walk Timber Ridge, right on Fly Cloud and right on Westgate Drive, back to Timber Ridge, where you turn left. Cross Annapolis Road where Timber Ridge becomes Sea Ridge. Follow Sea Ridge to a T intersection with Spring Meadow. Turn right on Spring Meadow and left on Timber Ridge. Follow the trail at Trail Post 313, near Sorcerer Wood, proceeding left as you pass TP312, returning to the pavement turning right on East Ridge Rd. at TP311.Turn left on Deep Woods Rd, and right on River Beach Rd. Turn left on Timber Ridge Rd. using the new trail on the right side of the pavement. Right on Annapolis Road, then left onto Verdant View. We will eat lunch at Two Fish Bakery. This Two Fish location no longer makes sandwiches, but cookies and baked goods can be purchased and we will eat lunch on their deck.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

March 16, 2017 STORNETTA - HIGHWAY ONE TO CYPRESS ABBEY SECTION
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 the junction of Lighthouse Road and Hwy 1, 2 miles north of Point Arena at 11:00. We will travel the access road to the old Coast Guard Loran site (now owned by Mendocino Community College) turning left before we get there to enter that middle section of the Point Arena-Stornetta Public Lands. From there we will walk through the "forest" to the bluff and enjoy the spectacular views of the off shore islands and the Ocean and find a suitable site for lunch before retracting our steps.
Leader: Mary Sue Ittner for Mary Heibel

March 23, 2017 CRISPIN LANE
Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool. We will drive to Crispin Lane in Manchester, parking at the Grange and walk to the end of this county road. Hike starts around 10:00 a.m. We will pass green fields and have lovely views of the ocean on our way back. This road starts out relatively flat and then goes slowly up so we'll coast on the return trip. Afterwards we will have lunch at the Rollerville Café.
Leaders: Ken and Marian Brown


March 30, 2017 POMO TRAILS AND FOREST
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:25. Meet at Dard's (205 Screech Owl, Sea Ranch) at 9:30. It's East on Halcyon (North end of Sea Ranch) North on Deer Trail, West on Screech Owl. Hike starts at 9:45. Starting on Screech Owl, do entire Pomo Creekside Trail.  At Deer Trail turn left to Pomo Hillside Trail.  As this trail exits to Deer Trail turn right and take first left to turn left again on dirt road.  As road exits woods, take unofficial trail to the right which exits on County Park Road to campground.  Follow to the right and at bottom of hill take unofficial trail heading toward river and explore this beautiful area. Reverse and start back. Cover the route taken inbound until exiting on dirt road.  Turn right to Haversack connector trail.  Take it exiting on cul-de-sac which traverse turning right on Deer Trail.  Turn in on Pomo Creekside trail and return to beginning. We will have lunch at Dard and Mary’s house.
Leader: Laura Bridge


April 6, 2017 WINDY HOLLOW AND STONEBORO ROADS (new)
Carpool at the Gualala Business Directory pullout just north of bridge at 9:45 and Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 10:00am. Meet and park at 10:30 at the entrance to the Evergreen Cemetery at the corner of Hwy 1 and Mountain View Road.  Hike through the cemetery to Windy Hollow Road.  Head east (left) at Windy Hollow Road and hike a short ways to the end of the Road and the Garcia River where a bridge has been discussed.  This is a beautiful road with fabulous pastoral and valley views.  If you are so inclined, you may enjoy bringing your camera on this part of the walk.  This part of the walk is 99% on paved roads with only one moderate hill.  Return to our cars and drive north on Hwy 1 to Stoneboro Road.  Head west (left turn) at Stoneboro and park at the first (unnamed) street on the right about a mile from the cemetery. Walk around the Stoneboro Road area, including passing Thompson's heather garden.  This part of the walk is all on paved roads and very easy (one up and down).  We will return to our cars to get our lunches.  Gary and Susan have found a special spot close to our cars for us to enjoy our lunches.    The entire walk was clocked by car at 3.9 miles.
Leaders: Susan and Gary Levenson-Palmer

April 13, 2017 SKAGGS SPRINGS ROAD WILDFLOWER HIKE
Carpool at 9:40 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:55. Start at MM 6 on Skaggs Springs Road (before Haupt Creek Bridge)at 10:15. We will walk along the road looking for wildflowers along the bank with views of the Gualala River too. How far we walk will depend on how many flowers there are to slow us down.  This area is shady in the morning and can be cool so dress accordingly. We will have lunch at Clark's Crossing under the bridge  or the Annapolis Winery (leader's choice).
Leader: Harmony Susalla

April 20, 2017 BLACKPOINT BEACH WALK & BLACKPOINT-BIHLER POINT WILDFLOWER FOOTPATHS
Carpool at the Gualala Business Directory pullout just north of bridge at 9:45, and meet at the Sea Ranch Lodge north (additional) parking lot at 10:00. Walk north from the parking lot to the fire road. Turn left, then right to marker 1. Go down the stairs and walk on the beach to the north end, returning to the stairs (Note: The stairs are steep!). From marker 1, walk south to the first gate marked with the wildflower path marker and follow the path to Black Point, the barn, and Bihler Point. Continue on the marked path toward the Lodge, past the old sheepherder’s cabin, and turn left on the main trail. Follow the Bluff Trail from marker 1 to 3, turn right and continue through the hedgerow to marker 3C, then right on Moonraker to the fire road gate at Black Point Reach. At the end of the fire trail we will go to either the barn or the Lodge chair area for our lunches. Note: If it’s windy, the leader may modify the plan.
Leader: Adrian Adams
April 27, 2017 ALDER CREEK - MANCHESTER STATE BEACH
Meet at 9:05 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy One) at 9:15. The hike starts at the public access from Hwy 1 on about mile marker 22.48 at 9:45. We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road, then turn directly left and park parallel to get in as many cars as possible on the road that parallels Hwy 1. We will walk down the road where it is closed until we come to the trail that leads to the environmental campground hoping to see iris, poppies, and baby blue eyes along the way and walk back via the beach if we can. We may change the direction of the hike depending on the wind. We will drive to Beverley Thompson's lovely garden to view spring flowers (Rhododendrons and Azaleas to name a few) and to eat our lunches afterwards.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller


KRUSE RHODODENDRON TO STUMP BEACH - May 4, 2017 (NEW)
Carpool at 9:30 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, or at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:45. NOTE: THIS IS A SHUTTLE HIKE. Shortly after entering Salt Point State Park, drivers from the north should prepare to turn left on Kruse Ranch Road, just before Fisk Mill Cove. There is just a short drive to the official parking area. No fees and no passes required.  After dropping off hikers - 2 (possibly more) cars should drive to Stump Beach and leave enough cars to hold the number of drivers to be picked up at the end at Stump Beach.  Hike will begin from the Kruse parking area. We will hike the short Rhododendron loop while we wait for shuttle drivers to return.  We will proceed up the hill via the Chinese Gulch (or Phillips Gulch) trails continuing up towards Plantation via the road. We will take the Stump Beach Trail (on right) down to Stump Beach where we will lunch either at the picnic tables or at the beach. This is a very beautiful area with the first part of the hike mostly up and the second part mostly down. This is Rhodie season so hopefully we will get to see some of the native Rhododendrons in bloom. Dogs are not allowed on the Kruse trails. Shuttle cars will take drivers back to the start and they will have to return to pick up the riders. This hike has definite elevation change and therefore is one of our more strenuous hikes.
Leaders: Ken & Marian Brown

CORMORANT-WALK-ON BEACH LOOP AND POTLUCK – May 11, 2017
Meet at 9:45 at the Gualala Business Directory (north of bridge) and at 10:00 at Steve and Bonnie Coffeysmith’s house, 339 Bluff Reach, corner of Bluff Reach and Cormorant Close. The hike will end with a potluck at Steve and Bonnie’s so please drop your dish off before we go. Walk to marker 30A and follow the hedgerow to marker 30D. Turn left and follow the trail straight through 31C to 33B. Turn right on Pacific Reach and Whalebone, toward Rt. 1. Turn left at marker 34A, left at 35D, and right at 35C. Continue hiking through the meadows to marker 42C, then turn left and walk to 42, overlooking Walk-on Beach. Turn left and follow the Bluff Trail, passing the TSRA Marine Preserve and Dune Drift Beach at marker 38. Hike to marker 37 and follow the sand trail to the cypress hedgerow, turn right and go to Tidepool Beach to look for harbor seals. Continue on the trail, passing Shell Beach and stopping to check out the cormorant nesting area before returning to the Coffeysmith’s for a potluck lunch.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

SALT POINT LOOP – May 18, 2017
Carpool at 9:30 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:45. Park at the call box parking area one-half mile south of Stump Beach on the east side of HWY 1 (south of MM 41.00). Take trail on east side of the highway. We will do a forest loop and cross the highway and take the road to the campground. From there we will hike down the hill turning right on the road to the Visitor Center. Pass it and go onto the headlands. Hike north on the bluff all the way to a rock outcropping in line with the call box on the highway, then continue for another few minutes toward Stump Beach. There have lunch seated on some wonderful rock ledges, watch the crashing surf and see the salt pockets after which Salt Point was named at Glen's Spot.  After lunch continue on the trail to the Highway and carefully walk back to the cars. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails. Walking sticks are a good idea. This is potentially a bit longer hike, but it has both forest and bluff and a wonderful lunch spot. If its windy we may do the hike in reverse direction and lunch in the forest. If it continues to rain, it could be a bit wet in spots.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller

STORNETTA LANDS OCEAN VIEWS NORTH - May 25, 2017
Meet at 10:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at meet at 10:30 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool and park in front of the Lighthouse north of Point Arena. The walk begins at 10:50 by following the bluffs to the north/east and following the Garcia River upstream (via the bluffs).  We will lunch on the bluffs overlooking the Garcia River.  We will return via the pasture and through the gate and back on the road to our cars.  The views and wildflowers should be lovely (this hike can be windy).  Note the ground may be uneven due to cow walking/grazing so sticks are recommended.
Leaders: John & Lynn Walton

CHAPEL AND AZALEA TRAILS – June 1, 2017
Meet at 9:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool or at the Sea Ranch chapel at 10:00. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers. Walk north along the Chapel Trail through meadow, forest and ravine. Return on the Azalea Trail, which leads to the Chapel Trail; follow it south back to the Chapel. There are moderate elevation changes on this hike. Those who want to can use the newly installed bench or the rock wall close to the chapel to sit down for lunch at the end.
Leader: Adrian Adams

HORSESHOE COVE--SALT POINT NORTH – June 8, 2017
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:15. Park at MM 44.00 at Salt Point where we will meet our leader at 10:30. The turnoff is tricky; turnoff at MM44 even though the sign says Turnout 1/4 mile. This hike is quite steep in places so hiking sticks and boots are recommended. Hike on the trail staying right at the fork until you go over the crest of the hill and have a beautiful view of Horseshoe Cove. Descend sharply until you reach the Bluff. Walk south along the bluff until about 11:30 and retrace your steps until we reach a magical rock formation for lunch. The return to the cars after lunch will be uphill, but this is a gorgeous spot so worth the effort.
Leader: Laura Bridge

MOAT CREEK   #3 – June 15, 2017
Meet at 9:35 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Carpool at Anchor Bay at 9:45 south side of town on west side of highway. Start at Moat Creek at MM 12.77 on way to Pt. Arena at 10:00.  We will be starting early to take advantage of the low tide.  Hike bluff south to Bowling Ball Beach.  Walk south on beach to Schooner's Gulch and then return via beach and bluff to Moat Creek for lunch. Mostly level, but two short steep stretches (up one way and down  another.) The beach can be rocky and a bit challenging to walk on in a few stretches. There are often nice wildflowers this time of the year along the bluff and Schooner's Gulch at a low tide is a sight to behold.
Leaders: Jeff Gyving & Lena Bullamore

BOBCAT/ANNAPOLIS TRAIL – June 22, 2017
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 enter the Bobcat Trail at post 201 and continue to 203 where we will head out on the trail which connects Bobcat to Annapolis Rd trails. (NOTE: There is some elevation change. Sticks are recommended.)  Before crossing highway 1, we will take the new Sea Forest Trail which has a creek and a seasonal waterfall. At post 203A we will cross highway 1 and head to the bluff where we will circle back, viewing any flowers we may have missed on Bihler and Black Points in the spring. Lunch at Black Point Beach or other suitable spot.
Leader: Laura Bridge


GUALALA POINT PARK #1 – June 29, 2017
Meet at the Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00 (on westside entrance just left after pulling past fee post.) Or park across the street and cross Hwy 1 if you do not have a pass.  Hike to the bluff, go north, and then back to the Visitors Center, walking occasionally on the road, but mostly on trails. After a brief stop on the benches to look at the view of the river, we will take the trail down to the river and under the highway to the campground. From there we will walk through the forest and down to the Gualala River for lunch. After lunch we will walk back to the cars via the road to the campground.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

AIRPORT, EARTHQUAKE TRAIL AND HOT SPOT – July 6, 2017
Meet at 10:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:30 at the Sea Ranch Business Center on Annapolis Rd. Turn right before you reach the Fire Station. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply.  Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non Sea Ranchers. Walk north on Timber Ridge Rd., then to the end of Sorcerer Wood. Take trail at post 102, pass 103 and 104.  At post 105 take the trail to the left, at 106 a left again to backtrack past 104 to 103. Here take the trail on the left that leads to Ridge Rd. Walk the road down to Deep Woods Dr. on the left. Take this to the end and turn left on River Beach Road. Walk down until the road becomes a One Way road.  The start of the San Andreas Fault Interpretive Trail is on the left.  After experiencing this guided trail, walk down to lunch at The Hot Spot and afterwards back to the parking lot via the Hot Spot Loop Trail, River Beach Road and Timber Ridge Rd.  Walking sticks recommended.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith

MENDOCINO HEADLANDS STATE PARK - July 13, 2017 (NEW)
Meet at 8:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Highway One) at 9 a.m. to carpool. Anyone interested in this hike from Point Arena north let the leaders know so we can arrange other carpool spots. This hike will be one of the few hikes we do that are farther away and will be a walk on the headlands that surround the town of Mendocino. There will be spectacular views of the Pacific Ocean at every turn. The starting point will be the parking area on Heeser Dr. north of town. We will walk west and then south. Lunch will be at the picnic tables near our starting spot (where there are public bathrooms as well) unless we discover a more scenic spot. Afterwards we'll drive to Frankie's for Cowlick's ice cream before heading home.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner & Bob Rutemoeller

DMC LOOP #5 – July 20, 2017
Carpool at 9:50 at Gualala Business Sign pullout just north of bridge or meet at 10:00 at Del Mar Center on TSR. Hang tags needed for parking for non Sea Ranch hikers. Walk south on Leeward until you reach the Walk-On Beach access trail and walk on it to Bluff. Turn north on the Bluff Trail and walk north taking the Salal Trail, turning right on Leeward, right on Grey Whale and picking up the Del Mar Meadow Trail at post 67B and back to Leeward and the Del Mar Center. Lunch in the Del Mar Garden or the Secret Place.
Leader: Linda Kennedy

MANCHESTER STATE BEACH TO IRISH BEACH – July 27, 2017
Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:30. This hike starts early in order to take advantage of the low tide. We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road (mm 22.48), then turn directly left and park on the road that parallels Hwy 1. Hike starts around 10:00. Mary will lead us to a nice view point before we make our way to the beach. Walk north as far as we can and return. We will eat our lunches at the end of the hike on the beach by Alder Creek . This is beach walking, but it's a moderately low tide so hopefully we will be able to walk on wet sand.
Leader: Mary Heibel

MANCHESTER STATE BEACH AND THOMPSON HEATHER GARDENS (NEW) – August 3, 2017
Meet at 9:05 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:15. Turn toward the ocean on Kinney Road (mm 21.41) and drive to the end of the road, turning right when it ends and driving to the parking area. Hike starts around 9:45. We will be hiking on the dunes until we can get to the beach, then hiking on the beach. The web site for Manchester State Park advises there can be fog in summer and strong winds year round. On this day there is not a low tide, but there aren't rocks to scramble over and Manchester Beach is very pretty. Dogs are not allowed on state beaches to protect snowy plover nesting. We will drive to the Thompson garden afterwards for lunch.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller, 884-4824

SOUTH GERSTLE COVE BLUFF -- "THE SLEEPING LION" – August 10, 2017
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:00. Drive almost through Salt Point to MM 39.17 where there is a wide area to park on the right side of the road.  At 10:15 cross over to the gate on the east side of the road and follow a path north, parallel with the road. Cross the road at MM 39.4 continuing north until we pass the waterfall (which may be dry in October).  Follow the trail south to the South Gerstle Cove Picnic Area. Restrooms are available there. From here we will follow the bluff as closely as possible until we reach the extreme southern boundary of Salt Point Park. We will return to our cars the same way we came. The rock formations and views from the bluff are outstanding. There are great photo opportunities for camera buffs. Just one warning: the paths are rough and eroded in places, and there are a few steep gulches to cross. The trail is not maintained, and disappears in some places. We will take a very leisurely pace and explore whatever attracts our attention. Be sure to bring walking sticks and be ready to lend a helping hand to your fellow hikers. There are several nice places to sit on the ground overlooking the ocean and have lunch, or we may wait until we return to the picnic area at South Gerstle. Our leader will point out a "sleeping lion" rock formation that is most visible on a sunny day at about 11:30. This hike is mostly level, but with obstacles. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leaders: Leaders: Ken & Marian Brown, 884-3319

DMC LOOP #4 – August 17, 2017
Carpool at 10:00 am at Gualala Business Sign pullout just north of bridge or meet at 10:15 at the Del Mar Center on TSR. Hangtags needed for non-Sea Ranch hikers. Start from the Del Mar Center by crossing HWY 1 onto Deertrail. At the trail post 132A turn right to access the Azalea Loop Trail, taking one of the loops to trail post 128. Turn right  to take "Leeward Spur Connector". Cross highway to Leeward Spur, left on Leeward Road, right on Osprey to Bluff Trail, then north to post 49, taking trail to Tide Pool, turn right to Sea Drift and left on Leeward Road to cars. Lunch in the Del Mar garden or the Secret Place behind the Del Mar Schoolhouse.
Leader: Adrian Adams, 805-215-8665

CROSS-SECTION OF SEA RANCH – August 24, 2017
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:45 and park at the Olson Ranch at 10:00. Cross the highway at the White Barn and walk UP Hugal Ravine (this is the hard part) to Sea Bird and the end of Schooner.  Take left fork at Post 109A joining the Ridge Trail. Walk north to Post 111, where we will turn left on the Cluster Trail and go down by the Clusters at Madrone Meadow and cross the highway again at post 266 catching the trail to the bluff. Turn south. Leader’s choice for lunch spot: Stengel Beach, Ohlson Beach, or one of the picnic tables.
Leader: Theresa Yuen, 408-356-3015

IRISH BEACH POMO LAKE, NEW TRAIL AND FOOTBRIDGE (NEW) – August 31
Meet at 9:35 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:45 to carpool. Drive north to Irish Beach and mile marker 25, turn right on Sea Cypress road to Cypress Circle to park. The hike will start at approximately 10:30. Walk around Irish Beach including going down to the beach and back up, to Pomo Lake to walk on the new improved trail and new foot bridge, then through Irish Beach ending with lunch on Gary and Susan’s deck overlooking the ocean.
Leaders: Gary & Susan Levenson-Palmer, 882-1750

GUALALA POINT PARK # 3 – September 7, 2017
Start at Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00. You can park on westside entrance just left after pulling past the fee post. If you have a pass, bring it as there is a fee to park in the park. Or park across the street and cross Hwy 1 if you do not have a pass.  Hike from there down to the beach but instead of going to the beach go south past the restrooms to the bluff.  Bear left on bluffs and continue on Bluff Trail until you intersect Salal Trail. Hike Salal Trail to Hwy 1, turn left and follow frontage path back to the Park and the Hidden Parking lot. If it is very wet, can retrace steps instead of taking the Salal Trial. Lunch at the Hidden Parking lot tables or by the poles.
Leaders: John & Lynn Walton

CORMORANT, BREAKER MEADOW, OHLSON BEACH, SHELL BEACH LOOP – September 14, 2017
Meet at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at 10:00 at Steve and Bonnie Coffeysmith's house, 339 Bluff Reach, corner of Bluff Reach and Cormorant Close (right on Breaker Reach, right on Hedgegate, left on Bluff Reach.). Walk to marker 30A and follow the hedgerow to marker 30D. Turn right and follow the trail to 26D and continue on Breaker Meadow Trail to 25D. Take the bike trail from 25D to marker 21, passing by Knipp-Stengel Barn. Turn right to Ohlson Beach, then return to 21, turn left and walk along the bluff to marker 24, overlooking Stengel Beach. Follow the bluff trail from 24, 24A, 25 to marker 31. Check out the cormorant nesting area at the point, then continue along the bluff to Shell Beach and loop back via 33, 33A, and Cormorant Reach to complete the loop. Enjoy your bag lunch at the Coffeysmith's on their deck or if it’s a rainy day, in the house and out of the elements.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith 510-593-8195

SKAGGS SPRINGS WEST TWO FISH ROAD HIKE (NEW) – September 21, 2017
Carpool at 9:30AM at Gualala Business Sign or at 9:45 at Sea Ranch Lodge. Drive to Stewarts Point 2Fish and park cars.  Hike will start from 2Fish at approx. 9:55.   We will walk Skaggs Springs Road inland from 2Fish for 2ish miles and then retrace our steps. There is some elevation change but this is a road hike which is mainly through forested paved road which follows a lovely stream and is full of ferns and trees.  It’s the perfect road hike for the rain. We will reward ourselves at the end with lunch at the Two Fish Bakery at Stewarts Point. If you want to buy a sandwich at the store, please call ahead with your order (707-785-2011) or you can bring your lunch.
Leader: Harmony Susalla

POINT ARENA-STORNETTA PUBLIC LANDS BLUFFS – September 28, 2017
Meet at 10:00 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 10:10 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at Point Arena City Hall at 10:30. Walk the trail next to the cove and then follow the bluffs for spectacular ocean views. Expect to see blow holes, sea arches and stacks, sink holes, caves, tunnels and more. We will walk to the Lighthouse, but before we get there the leader will return the carpool drivers to City Hall to retrieve cars. This is mostly coastal grassland so there isn't much elevation change, but the ground is uneven and there are gopher holes so good hiking shoes are helpful.
Leader: Mary Heibel

POMO TRAILS AND SALAL TRAIL – October 5, 2017
Hike starts at 10:00 from the small parking area east of Highway 1 at mm 58.19. Parking is also available for a fee or with a pass at the Gualala Point County Park across the highway. Pass though gate and walk north on dirt road.   Take trail at post 149, continue past trail post 149 to next trail post which is not numbered and turn right.  At Deer Trail cross to trail post 148. Hike Pomo Hillside Trail to where it ends on Deer Trail, walk south and turn onto trail at post 146 to the right. Follow the Pomo Creek Trail with its scenic loop, cross Screech Owl, continue trail at post 144, then take the first right to reach Halcyon. Walk west, cross highway, and continue on Halcyon to Leeward Rd. Turn left and at next hedgerow take Helm to the bluff trail. Go north and then walk the Salal Trail to Hidden Parking lot for lunch. Walking sticks may be helpful.
Leader: Linda Kennedy, 785-3682

SEA FOREST AND BLUFF TRAILS (NEW) – October 12, 2017
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 enter the new Sea Forest Trail (directly across from trail post 201), which has a creek and a seasonal waterfall.  After admiring 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 408-306-5321

FORT ROSS BLUFFS AND COVE (NEW) – October 19, 2017
Carpool at 9:15 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge, and at The Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:30 or meet at Fort Ross State Park at 10:00. There is a charge of $8 per car for parking, $7 for the senior rate (62 and older.)  People who have passes should bring them. We will walk by the windmill and then down to the road, turning south and taking the trail to Fort Ross Cove. Returning to the road we will continue to walk south and take the trail to Sandy Cove and walk from there along the bluff to Reef Campground before retracing our steps. Depending on how long this takes we may go to the graveyard and back. Lunch afterwards at Sandy Cove, the Call House picnic tables or in the Fort. Dogs aren’t allowed on most of the Fort Ross trails.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller, 884-4824

PELICAN BLUFF (NEW) – October 26, 2017
Meet at 9:35 at pullout for Gualala business directory and carpool at Anchor Bay at 9:45 south side of town on west side of highway. The hike will begin at the Pelican Bluff parking lot at 10:00. The Mendocino Land Trust has designed a 2.2-mile trail which will begin construction in summer 2017. This 73-acre preserve is home to the endangered Point Arena Mountain Beaver and several rare plants, as well as a creek (which is recovering from cattle grazing) and Bishop pine forest. There are spectacular ocean views from very high white cliffs on the property- these cliffs are very steep, making it essential to stay on the trail. The trail will guide visitors from the parking lot to a grassy field surrounded by trees, a perfect spot for a picnic once we return from the hike. From there, the path will pass through a Bishop pine forest before revealing the dramatic coastal landscape. The trail will continue over a small bridge and down toward the bluff edge, with dramatic sheer, white cliffs plunging to the sea below. This is a great spot to see the peregrine falcons that nest nearby. From there the trail loops back, this time through the wide coastal prairie, before returning to the parking lot. Please note that a different hike may be substituted if the trail is not completed on time.
Leader: Jeff Gyving & Lena Bullamore
DMC LOOP #1 - November 2, 2017

Carpool at 10:45 at Gualala Business Sign pullout just north of bridge. Start at 11:00 at Del Mar Center on TSR (hang tags needed). Walk to Tallgrass and hike under the Highway and then turn left on Saloon Trail to Pomo Trails and across Highway. Lunch in Gualala Point Park. Hike the Salal Trail to Bluff Trail and then go south, taking either the Del Mar Meadow trail north of the bridge past post #62a , or if the leaders prefer, staying on the Bluff Trail turning after Post 54 to take the trail back to Leeward and the Del Mar Center.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith (510) 593-8195


WALK-ON-BEACH TO GUALALA POINT PARK - November 9, 2017
Meet at the Hidden parking lot (left of the Gualala Point Park pay station) at 9:50 a.m. to carpool to Walk-On-Beach parking lot off Highway 1. (If you do not have a regional park permit, you can park on the east side of Highway 1 across from the park entrance.) We take the public access trail to Walk-On-Beach before heading north on the bluff trail to Gualala Point Park. Lunch options include the beach, picnic tables on the bluff by the bathrooms or the tables at the visitor's center. Carpool drivers (and any Sea Ranchers who met the group there) will be shuttled back to Walk-On-Beach parking lot.
Leaders: John & Lynn Walton (707) 884-9714


GUALALA ROAD to GREEN IRON BRIDGE and GAC HIKING TRAILS – November 16, 2017
Meet at 10:00 in back part of the Gualala Arts parking lot. We will walk one of the new GAC trails before hiking along the road down to the green bridge and back. There are some mild elevation changes. We will have lunch at the picnic tables at the Arts Center, and after lunch can view the art shows inside.
Leader: Laura Bridge (408) 306-5321


HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (No hike scheduled) – November 23, 2017


HUGAL/SAG POND/LONGMEADOW LOOP – November 30, 2017
Carpool at 9:45 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge or meet at 10:00 at Ohlson Rec Center (just south of the white barn). Hang tags needed. Cross the highway and take the Hugal RavineTrail to Seabird Road. Pick up the trails again at the end of Schooner Dr (post 109) and follow the Sag Pond Trail to Longmeadow Rd. Walk down Longmeadow to Greencroft Close and pick up the trails again at the end of Greencroft (post 238). Walk down the Longmeadow Trail, around the stables and end up back at Ohlson Rec Center. We will have lunch near the rec center or at Ohlson Beach.
Leader: Laura Bridge (408) 306-5321


STONEBORO ROAD TO THE GARCIA RIVER – December 7, 2017 (New)
Meet at 9:50 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory and at 10:00 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool to the west end of Stoneboro road in Manchester and start our hike at 10:30. Enjoy a 15 minute walk on the dunes to the beach, then walk south to the Garcia river, viewing the lighthouse and perhaps whales, pelicans and Canada geese heading north for the winter. We will walk east for a short while along the Garcia and find a suitable lunch site. We will retrace our steps for the return. This walk is entirely on the sand and dogs on leash are allowed.
Leader: Mary Heibel (707) 882-2055


CRISPIN LANE AND POTLUCK– December 14, 2017
This is a potluck so please bring soup, chili or bread to share.
Meet at 9:20 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool. We will drive to Crispin Lane in Manchester, parking at the Manchester Community Center/Garcia Guild (formerly the Grange) and walk to the end of this county road. Hike starts around 10:00 a.m. We will pass green fields and have lovely views of the ocean on our way back. This road starts out relatively flat and then goes slowly up so we'll coast on the return trip. Afterwards we will have a potluck soup and/or chili lunch at the Manchester Community Center. The crock pots can be going while we hike.
Leaders: Susan and Gary Levenson-Palmer (707) 882-1750


SODA SPRINGS RESERVE – December 21, 2017
Note: If there is heavy rain preceding the hike, an alternate hike may be selected by the leader.
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala Business Directory just north of bridge at 9:45 and/or at the Sea Ranch Annapolis Road Business Center at 10:00. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers who park there to carpool. Park on Kelly Road 1 mile beyond entrance to Annapolis winery and hike to park. Hike on gravel road 2.3 miles to this 49 acre Sonoma County Park since 1994 (and known locally as Kelly Park) with lovely old growth redwoods and stream running by, plus being dog friendly with a toilet and picnic tables also. Lunch, tour the park, and return. From the Parks website: "The park is a perfect place to stop among your travels. Rest or hike under the fragrant shelter of redwood groves, while enjoying the soothing sounds of running water from the adjacent Soda Springs Creek. Amenities include picnic areas, restroom, barbecues, and hiking trails."
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller (707)884-4824


OHLSON RANCH LOOP - December 28, 2017
Carpool at Gualala Business sign at 9:50 am. Start at Ohlson Ranch at 10:00am (Sea Ranchers bring hang tags please). Start on trail behind Ohlson Ranch that parallels Highway 1, connecting with bike path to Navigators Reach. Turn right onto Navigators Reach and left on Sculpture Point Drive to end, pick up trail which connects you to Sea Gate Road. Turn right on Sea Meadow Drive where you pick up the first trail on the right (marker 7B.) Follow through hedgerow and markers 7C and 7D, talking trail to connect to bluff trail at marker 8.  Head north on bluff trail until you get to marker 26 where we will turn right and follow the Breaker Meadow Trail past the Barn back to Ohlson Ranch where we will have lunch.
Leader: Linda Kennedy (707) 785-3682


KRUSE RANCH ROAD TO PLANTATION - January 4, 2018
Carpool at 9:30 at pullout for the Gualala business directory north of bridge, or at the Sea Ranch Lodge at 9:45. Shortly after entering Salt Point State Park, drivers from the north should prepare to turn left on Kruse Ranch Road and drive to the official parking area for Kruse Reserve. There are no fees or passes required. Hike will begin from the Kruse parking area at 10:00. We will hike up the gravel road all the way to Plantation. The ascent is gradual, but the gravel large and often sharp, so sturdy shoes are recommended. In the late nineteenth century, Plantation was an important destination for travelers from San Francisco on their way to Gualala. It had the only hotel available. After we check out Plantation, we will retrace our steps back to the Kruse Reserve for lunch. The views are spectacular. We will walk along several gushing creeks, and have views into deep forested canyons. This hike is a bit longer than our regular hikes, about five miles, but the rewards are great.
Leaders: Mary Sue Ittner and Bob Rutemoeller (707)884-4824


BLUFF/MONARCH GLEN/CHAPEL TRAIL/BLUFF – January 11, 2018
Carpool at pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50. Start at 10:00 at the parking area at Piper's Reach. Hang tags needed for non Sea Ranchers.  Walk to the bluff and then walk south to post 31. Continue east to Cormorant Close and through the hedgerow intersecting the trail that is adjacent to Hwy 1. Walk north on it until you reach the Monarch Glen Trail. Do that loop and then walk back to Bosuns Close and carefully cross the highway taking the road to the Chapel. Walk the first part of the Chapel Trail with its great views to post 128, turning left to Leeward Spur, crossing the highway again. Turn south onto Leeward Road and walk Leeward until you hit trail marker 37 C to 36 C to 36 B with lunch at One-Eyed Jack's or Shell Beach.
Leader: Adrian Adams, (805) 215-8665


SALT POINT BLUFFS - January 18, 2018
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory at 10:30 and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 10:45. Start at 11:00 at Salt Point State Park. Turn west at the Main Entrance and follow road down to ocean where large parking lot and restrooms are. There may be a $6 charge per car so bring coupons if you have them. Hike the coastal trail along the bluffs starting at left side of parking lot. Continue north until you are at trail which descends into Stump Beach. At that point turn around and walk back by jeep trail which is inland of coastal trail. The leaders will pick a nice spot for lunch along the hike. Dogs are not allowed on the Salt Point trails.
Leaders: April and Ron Dammann (707) 884-3830

STORNETTA - POINT ARENA PUBLIC LANDS- January 25, 2018
Meet at 9:50 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at 10:00 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool or at the entrance to Stornetta Public Lands where Lighthouse Road turns right towards the Lighthouse at 10:30. Walk the spectacular bluff toward the old Coast Guard Loran site (now owned by Mendocino Community College) seeing blow holes, sink holes, islands, waves and enter the public lands to view this spectacular spot. After we have walked about an hour, we will turn around and retrace our steps finding a suitable spot for lunch along the way. Note that much of this hike is on uneven ground that has been grazed so you have to watch where you step.
Leaders: Jeff Gyving & Lena Bullamore, (707) 882-2498

GUALALA POINT PARK #5 (NEW) - February 1, 2018
Meet at the Hidden Parking Lot at 10:00 (on the west side entrance, just left after pulling past fee post.) Or park across the street and cross Highway One if you do not have a pass. Walk through the Serge Poles and then cross the road to the bench overlooking the Gualala River. Take the trail from there that leads to the Visitor Center and from there the grass trail to the Beach. Walk as far as you can on the beach, turning around and retracing your steps and then hike south pass the restrooms and along the bluff doing the loop for views of Whale Watch Point and then walking south until you reach the trail that goes south to Walk On Beach. Instead take the trail that takes you back towards the Visitor's Center. Leader's choice for eating at the picnic tables there or walking back to the Hidden Parking lot and eating at the tables there.
Leader: Gary Beall, 884-3429

CORMORANT, BREAKER MEADOW, OHLSON BEACH, SHELL BEACH LOOP - February 8, 2018
Meet at 9:45 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory north of the bridge and at 10:00 at Steve and Bonnie Coffeysmith's house, 339 Bluff Reach, corner of Bluff Reach and Cormorant Close (right on Breaker Reach, right on Hedgegate, left on Bluff Reach.). Walk to marker 30A and follow the hedgerow to marker 30D. Turn right and follow the trail to 26D and continue on Breaker Meadow Trail to 25D. Take the bike trail from 25D to marker 21, passing by Knipp-Stengel Barn. Turn right to Ohlson Beach, then return to 21, turn left and walk along the bluff to marker 24, overlooking Stengel Beach. Follow the bluff trail from 24, 24A, 25 to marker 31. Check out the cormorant nesting area at the point, then continue along the bluff to Shell Beach and loop back via 33, 33A, and Cormorant Reach to complete the loop. Enjoy your bag lunch at the Coffeysmith's on their deck or.inside out of the elements.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith, (510) 593-8195
 
KING RIDGE LOOP – February 15, 2018

Meet at 9:15 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory north of bridge to carpool and at The Sea Ranch Lodge parking lot at 9:30. From Skagg's Spring Road turn on Tin Barn Road and drive to King Ridge Road and park. Hike King Ridge two miles (up) and return. This stretch is very beautiful in winter with mist, oak trees, and nice views. There is plenty of up and down on this hike. We will eat our lunches at an old cemetery.
Leader: Mary Sue Ittner, 884-4824

LODGE TO SMUGGLER'S COVE AND PEBBLE BEACH – February 22, 2018
Carpool at 10:00 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory just north of bridge or meet at the Sea Ranch Lodge at 10:15 am. Walk the bluff trail north, turn right at post 7, then right again onto Sea Meadow Drive. Upon reaching Sea Gate Road turn north. Cross Clipper's Reach and take the bike link straight ahead which leads to Sculpture Point Drive. Follow this to Navigators Reach, there turn right and find the continuation of the bike trail. Just before the hedgerow go left on the trail connecting to the bluff trail. Walk south past Smuggler's Cove and then to Pebble Beach for lunch. Return to the Lodge.
Leader: Linda Kennedy, (707) 785-3682

STONEBORO ROAD ROAD HIKE (NEW) – March 1, 2018
Meet at 9:20 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (West side of Hwy 1) to carpool to Manchester and start our hike at 10:00. From Hwy 1, take Stoneboro Road (near the 19.64 mile marker). Follow Stoneboro Road to just before the end and make a right on Bristol, where there is a paved circular area for parking. We will walk about five miles on paved roads passing Beverly Thompson’s heather gardens and beautiful farmland. At the end of the hike we will have lunch across the dunes at the beach. Dogs on leash are allowed.
Leader: Mary Heibel (707) 882-2055

POMO TRAILS AND COUNTY PARK – March 8, 2018
Start at Hidden Parking Lot at Gualala Point Park at 10:00 (on the westside entrance, just left after pulling past fee post). There is a fee per car although many of us have passes. Or park across the street if you do not have a pass. Walk down on the County Park Road to the campground and at the bottom of the hill take unofficial trail heading toward the river and explore the beautiful forest. On the return up the road, take the hole in the fence to connect with the Sea Ranch trails to post 152 to Haversack, turning right on Deer Trail and continue down Deer Trail until post 146 to Pomo Creek Trail. Do the entire Pomo Creek trail loop and back to Deer Trail Road, this time turning right at post 147 to the Pomo Hillside Trail. Connect to the Badger Trail go back to the County Park Road and then back to the cars. Lunch at the picnic tables next to the Hidden Parking Lot at the end.
Leader: Steve Coffeysmith, (510) 593-8195

POINT ARENA PUBLIC LANDS LOOP – March 15, 2018
Meet at 9:20 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory and at 9:30 at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) to carpool and start at Point Arena City Hall at 9:50. Walk north until you reach a road that will lead you to the bluff and spectacular ocean views. Follow the bluff north for a while to catch the spectacular middle section with views of the islands, ocean, and the Lighthouse before turning around and walking south along the bluff towards Arena Cove. This is mostly coastal grassland so there isn't much elevation change, but the ground is uneven and there are gopher holes so good hiking shoes are helpful.  A suitable lunch spot will be found with a good view before returning to the cars.
Leaders: Jeff Gyving & Lena Bullamore, 882-2498

ANNAPOLIS ROAD HIKE #2 – March 22, 2018
Carpool at 9:30 at pullout for Gualala business directory north of bridge and at The Sea Ranch Business Center on Annapolis Rd at 9:45. Turn right before you reach the Fire Station. We can park along the cul-de-sac by the building supply.  Sea Ranch members please bring along extra hang tags for non Sea Ranchers.  Drive on Annapolis Road for about 5 miles from Hwy 1 turnoff.  Pass a sign for 37151 on right and then park on the next road that goes off to the left, Noce Rd. Hike on Annapolis Road to the Old Horicon School and return. Will eat lunch at the new Ranch Cafe (the old Two Fish Location) back where we parked the cars.
Leader: Harmony Susalla, 884-3347

SCENIC VIEWS AND COOK'S BEACH- March 29, 2018
Carpool at the pullout for Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 10:15 or drive directly to the parking area west of Big Gulch Road (north of Gualala after mm 2.16 where Cal Trans sometimes dumps material) where you will meet the leader. We will start walking at 10:25. We will walk south along the Old State Highway and the route of the old railroad. We will explore where the Old Milano used to be before retracing our steps and then walking (carefully) north along Highway 1. This is a scenic corridor with nice views. We will do a short loop east of the Highway on Glennen for more views of ocean and houses before walking to Cooks Beach. Cooks Beach is a RCLC project providing public access to a sheltered beach. We will descend to the beach for lunch and then return along Hwy 1 to the cars. The leader may make modifications to the route depending on the time.
Leader: Joel Chaban, 884-9280

RIDGE, SAG PONDS, BIG TREE AND BIG TREE LOOP TRAILS – April 5, 2018
Carpool at the pullout for the Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:45 a.m. Please bring hang tags for non Sea Ranchers. Going south exit Highway 1 to the left at Deerfield. Go to the top of Deerfield and turn right on Timber Ridge. Start at Big Tree Close and Timber Ridge at Ridge Trail post 122 at 10 a.m. Pass Ridge Trail post 116.  At Ridge Trail post 111 take left fork.  Follow trail to Ridge Trail post 104 at which point you are at Longmeadow Street.  Go through gate and turn right onto Sag Ponds Trail at trail post 104A. Continue on this trail past the Sag Pond to Sag Ponds Trail post 109A.  Turn right and walk to trail post 110.  Turn left on Ridge Trail and walk to trail post 117.  Turn left downhill on Big Tree trail to post 118.  Continue downhill now on Big Tree Loop trail and walk to trail post 267.  Here there is a bench with a great view.  Time for lunch.  After lunch at trail post 267 take a left turn and hike to Big Tree Loop trail post 120. Turn left and exit the Big Tree Loop Trail at Big Tree Close at trail post 123.   Turn right and return to parking area on Timber Ridge. April can be a good time to see Calypso orchids.
Leader: Adrian Adams, (805) 215-8665

PELICAN BLUFF AND CURLEY LANE - April 12, 2018
Meet at 10:05 at the pullout for the Gualala business directory and carpool at Anchor Bay at 10:15 at the south side of town on west side of highway. The hike will begin at the Pelican Bluff parking lot at 10:30. The Mendocino Land Trust has designed a 2.2-mile trail and this 73-acre preserve is home to the endangered Point Arena Mountain Beaver and several rare plants, as well as a creek (which is recovering from cattle grazing) and Bishop pine forest. After we finish hiking the Pelican Bluff trails, we will hike up and then back down Curley Lane. The leaders will find a suitable lunch spot either at Pelican Bluff or Curley Lane. After our hike, we will head over to John and Lynn Walton’s house to enjoy tea and dessert in their garden.
Leaders: John and Lynn Walton, 884-9714

MANCHESTER STATE BEACH AND THOMPSON HEATHER GARDENS – April 19, 2019
Meet at 9:05 at pullout for Gualala business directory and at Anchor Bay (west side of Hwy 1) at 9:15. The hike starts at the public access from Hwy 1 on about mile marker 22.48 at 9:45. We will turn in at Alder Creek Beach Road which hasn't been marked lately, then turn directly left and park on the road that parallels Hwy 1. We will walk to the ocean and then go South on the beach and then return. We will drive to the Thompson garden afterwards for lunch. There will be a little beach walking, but there aren't rocks to scramble over and Manchester Beach is very pretty. The Thompson garden, always wonderful, is a feast for the eyes with the heathers in bloom. Dogs may not be allowed because of the snowy plovers.
Leader: Bob Rutemoeller, 884-4824

BLACKPOINT BEACH WALK & BLACKPOINT-BIHLER POINT WILDFLOWER FOOTPATHS – April 26, 2018
Carpool at the Gualala Business Directory pullout just north of bridge at 9:45, and meet at the Sea Ranch Lodge north parking lot at 10:00. Walk north from the parking lot to the fire road. Turn left, then right to marker 1. Go down the stairs and walk on the beach to the north end, returning to the stairs (Note: The stairs are steep!). From marker 1, walk south to the first gate marked with the wildflower path marker and follow the path to Black Point, the barn, and Bihler Point. Continue on the marked path toward the Lodge, past the old sheepherder’s cabin, and turn left on the main trail. Follow the Bluff Trail from marker 1 to 3, turn right and continue through the hedgerow to marker 3C, then right on Moonraker to the fire road gate at Black Point Reach. At the end of the fire trail we will go to either the barn or the Lodge chair area for our lunches. Note: If it’s windy, the leader may modify the plan.
Leader: Laura Bridge 408-306-5321

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