Upcoming Schedule

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 & FOREST – March 8, 2018
Carpool at the pullout for the Gualala business directory just north of bridge at 9:50. Meet at Dard's (205 Screech Owl, Sea Ranch) at 9:55. It's East on Halcyon (North end of Sea Ranch) North on Deer Trail, West on Screech Owl. Hike starts at 10:00. Starting on Screech Owl, enter the trail at post 144 and do entire Pomo Creekside Trail.  At Deer Trail turn left to Pomo Hillside Trail, post 147.  As this trail exits to Deer Trail cross the street and enter the trail at post 150 and then turn left on the dirt road.  As road exits the woods, take the 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: 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 (46685 Ohlson Lane, a gravel road on the east side of Highway 1, across from a small wooden sign identifying Ohlson, near/across from MM 5.96).
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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