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Coastal Bluff Trail is a 6.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gualala, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and trail running and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.5 mi Elevation gain 255 ft Route type Out & Back
Dogs on leash Hiking Walking Running Beach Views No shade
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Barry Luong
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HikingGreat!

Great views of the ocean. Saw some pelicans hanging out on the Gualala River.

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Bri Cameron
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Walking

This is a very flat trail that winds its way along the coast. The views of the ocean are stunning, and we were able to find various wildlife along the way (seals, sea lions, whales). Be prepared for lots of wind and sun exposure for the majority of the walk. Make sure to have a mask handy; everyone we passed wore one (or put one on immediately when we encountered each other). There is a small parking lot at the trail head ($7).

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Blue Sky
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Hiking

Beautiful walk along scenic bluffs. Very relaxing and scenic. $7 self pay for parking so bringing exact cash is helpful. Don’t forget your mask, everyone wore a mask when passing on the trail.

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Magdalena Escobar
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HikingNo shade

Easy walk, flat the whole time with spectacular views of the ocean. It was very windy so be prepared before you go.

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Mara Lu Herrera Cohen
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Hiking

Beautiful views of beach and ocean. Easy and flat, great for kids if you hold their hands at the cliffs views.

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Cheyenne Stevens
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Hiking

More of a long walk than a hike the ocean side is gorgeous but it's disappointing that the trail is also lined by houses.

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Heng Li
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HikingPrivate property
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Rising Fenix A & P User
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Running

Gorgeous trail along the cliffs! The ocean and the ocean breeze where a treat in this run! Every time I run a new trail it’s my favorite!

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Roseann Day
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Hiking

Enjoyed this walk along the coast in January. Very flat so not very challenging but long length. Would probably be a really nice trail run too. A little repetitive at first but becomes rewarding particularly in the second half with varied terrain. We also saw seals which was super cool. Definitely a good stop along the Mendocino coast.

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Karyn Lenhart
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Hiking

Absolutely beautiful. Moderately easy, great views, completely worth it!!

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Megan Stickel
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Stunning views!

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Connie Burch
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Beautiful!

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J.C. Wallace
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Did parts of this hike from Olson rec center to top of mountain then down to Shell beach and back along the coast. About 5.5 mile gorgeous loop. Love Sea Ranch!

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Lisa Cartagena
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Walking

Beautiful coast but right along several miles of homes.

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Claire B
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Hiking
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This isn't so much a hike as it is more of a gentle walk. Anybody of any age and physical shape can do this. This trail takes you through tall golden grasses and along the cliffs of the Sea Ranch area. There is never a dull sight since you are walking along pristine waters, rolling waves, the deep blue Pacific, and wind blowing the grasses. The only downside is that there can be a good amount of vacationers around because the trail goes right behind the vacation rentals.

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Ari Sigal
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Kurt P
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Davis Everett
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Ania Kingston
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Hiking
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Trinity Lemo
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Hiking
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Rachel Harrus
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Nicki Lynn
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Ellen Sussman
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Anna Camille Lehmann
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AllTrails User
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Chris Tobin
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Hiking
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Vishy Krishnan
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Sonia Lachapelle
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Mandy Fithian
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Mandy Fithian
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