The best way to truly experience Sea Ranch on the northern Sonoma Coast is to walk its famous coastline, a cliff-hugging sensation with pocket beaches, wildlife sightings, and soaring scenery. The leisurely blufftop trail stretches for 10 miles (one-way), but even if you go just a few miles, you’ll be privy to plentiful highlights.
Start from Sea Ranch Lodge and head north with the ocean to your left and signature homes that blend with nature on your right. You’ll soon pass Black Point Beach, accessed via a steep wooden stairway. Harbor seals can sometimes be spotted lounging on two of the area’s marine preserves (the preserves are off-limits, but bluff-trail vantages let you sneak a peak).
If the tide’s cooperating, hidden beaches and pocket coves along the way make nice picnic spots. We like Pebble Beach (about 2 miles in), a lovely crescent cove dramatized by giant driftwood. If it’s a clear day, time your return journey for the magic hour. Sea Ranch Lodge’s Adirondack chairs are prime for catching a sunset. Their bar is a great place to grab a cocktail. Golden moment goes down easy.
The Sea Ranch Lodge is located 29 miles north of Jenner on Hwy. 1 at 60 Sea Walk Dr., Sea Ranch. Dog-friendly!