Schooner Gulch & Bowling Ball Beaches

MODERATE 7 reviews

Schooner Gulch & Bowling Ball Beaches is a 1.5 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Point Arena, California that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. 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 but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
1.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
164 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

beach

views

blowdown

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!

hiking
1 month ago

1. Go on a Low tide
2. There are two Trails take the right one. This will take you down using stairs. Walk for 0.5 miles and you can see bowling balls.
3. It is an easy trail, the key is to take the correct trail i.e. right one

This is the picture of the trail entrance (don't take the one in the left)
https://www.google.com/maps/@38.8691882,-123.6535277,3a,75y,241.46h,82.97t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1slDf_3taOrRxLiNHlJPWEDw!2e0!7i16384!8i8192

P.S. If you are coming from North google maps will point you a place where it has sign parking 0.3 miles to the south. Park your car after going 0.3 miles and take the right trail.

Friday, May 12, 2017

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!

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
Friday, August 18, 2017

hiking
Thursday, August 17, 2017

Monday, December 12, 2016

nature trips
Monday, July 28, 2014