Point Arena-Stornetta Unit of the California Coastal National Monument is a 5.2 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Point Arena, California that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
239 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

walking
25 days ago

No trail along coast — trail map shows a continuous trail north to lighthouse from middle section (we came from cafe) but barbed wire with “no trespassing” signs. ? Beautiful location but middle section of trail lightly marked and confusing along coast.

hiking
11 months ago

An easy walking trail that goes through BLM land with a few different sections.

There's off-road parking right at the start of the trail - the parking probably fits about a dozen cars and there usually aren't that many people here.

Right at the start of the trail, the path is clearly worn. After about the first 100 yards or so, there will be sign posts along the trail; they don't provide any information regarding distance to the trail end, they only function to let you know you're still on the trail and provide arrows if the trail curves.

The trail eventually crosses a little stream and it changes a bit. The trail becomes a little less worn - flattened grass instead of worn dirt. The trail also begins to head inland, away from the coast. It will cross through a brief grouping of trees and come to a roughly paved road where it leads further inland. A little ways later, there will be a sign post for the trail that points into an off-shoot of the road, beyond a gate.

The gate section of the trail is brief but could trip people up. The gate is closed, rusted and tied shut. Just unhook and untie the rope, open the gate, and head in - you'll be walking back towards the coast. The path that follows goes through a bit of a wooded area that is overgrown. When I went, there was a dead tree that crosses the path at about chest height that you'll need to duck under. Eventually you end up back on another roughly paved road.

Just before you come to another gate, the path leaves the road and heads further south along the coast. Here, the path is only as wide as a single person and cuts through tall grass and other shrubbery. The sign posts continue for a while, but they eventually stop even through the trail goes on. Just continue walking along the (at this point) lightly worn trail along the coast. If you ever lose the trail, really just walk along the coast and you'll be fine.

When I went in November, the sky was completely gray and there was a fog/mist along the coast. There were a few people at the start of the trail, but by the time I got into the second section of the trail, I didn't see anyone after that. Overall, it's a nice walk if you want it to be just you and nature.

hiking
Sunday, April 30, 2017

Easy cliff-top dirt path with amazing coastal views.

Sunday, December 25, 2016

Spectacular view with so much wind.
Be careful with cows and their poops. Nobody but we were there, which made us feel we were on another planet.
It is not just 180 but 270 degree ocean view!
You can tell our planet, Earth, is spherical by looking at the ocean horizon.

hiking
Saturday, August 20, 2016

Beautiful walk along the coast. Great for all skill levels. Mostly flat path- a slight incline above the falls. Stunning views and it takes you to Stornetta Falls which falls over the bluff into the ocean- at least during the Winter and Spring. Since it is mid August it is just a small waterfall on top of the bluff. Also have a view of Sea Lion Rocks. Saw about 10 seals in the water during our hike. Also saw many Pelicans flying overhead:) Parking at the trailhead is free and there is a porta potty. This hike was a great addition to our visit to the Point Arena Lighthouse:)

Monday, May 30, 2016

Stunning

walking
Monday, May 09, 2016

Easy walk, but amazing views. Birds, Harbor seals and whale watching.

hiking
4 months ago

hiking
Tuesday, August 01, 2017

Sunday, August 21, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 23, 2016

Monday, September 28, 2015