Schooner Gulch & Bowling Ball Beaches

EASY 6 reviews

Schooner Gulch & Bowling Ball Beaches is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Gallaway, California that offers scenic views and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round.

1.5 miles
239 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips




1 month ago

1 month ago

2 months ago

The signs say that the stairs to the beach have washed out. Someone built some stairs with driftwood. You can get down to the beach. Nice hike. If you enter the trail from the south end of parking, when the trail splits, go uphill to get to the bowling balls. There is a second trial at the north end of parking area that heads right to the stairs down to the beach.

4 months ago

This hike is very tricky. When you park on 1 you see a sign that shows the bowling ball beach info and you go down that trail which is pretty wild. Lots of driftwood, bushes etc. if you go down this trail it is actually the wrong one and you will end up on a secluded beach with a stream, it's pretty but no bowling balls. The trail to the bowling balls is actually back to the very beginning of the parking area and it goes through a meadow first then into the steep parts. There are stairs and rope to go down but it was a bit intimidating. Fun adventure!

9 months ago

nature trips
Monday, July 28, 2014