Schooner Gulch State Beach, Point Arena

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Beach · Hidden Gem · Nature / Park
Schooner Gulch State Beach is a beach located in Mendocino County, California. It is located approximately 50 miles northwest of Santa Rosa. It's famous for Bowling Ball Beach, where you can view its natural spherical sandstone concretions at low tide. It offers a scenic spot along the Mendocino coast and a stunning perch for watching sunsets. Visitors to the beach come to surf, fish, and picnic. Hiking is also a very popular activity to do at this beach, as there are a few trails that will take you up and down the coast.
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  • I love this beach. Park off the Hwy and walk down a trail leading to steep steps that take you to the beach. Go right and the "bowling balls" can be seen from there. It was less than 1 mile walk from....  more »
  • Bowling Ball Beach is just north of Schooner Gulch Beach. Incredible rock formations all collected in one place. A very low tide is important for viewing as they are under water otherwise. Very...  more »
  • Very small beach, a bit of a hike, but well worth it. Great place to go if you want to be off the beaten path and have the beach to yourself. Beautiful views and a good spot for a picnic.
  • Secluded and well worth the stop off Hwy 101. The adventurous type can venture up the Northern bluffs over to Bowling Beach; check your tide tables for the best time to visit. Note there are stinging nettle plants along the trail - watch those bare legs! If you are coming Northbound, be careful swinging into the parking area; Southbound traffic has a blind hill on approach.

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