The Gualala Bluff Trail is among the most pawtastic trails in Mendocino County, and was the trail that originally inspired the formation of the RCLC or Redwood Coast Land Conservancy. The RCLC was created with the main idea of finding ways to provide access to major coastal features and views to the public. Residents of Gualala and beyond, and their furry besties, can explore the scenic views that this trail offers.
Generally, the trail is just a short walk from Gualala, runs from north to south, and has several points where local flora and fauna can be viewed from bridges that provide pawfect near and far-off views. Join the north end of the trail at the Shoreline restaurant where there is a sign posted. Or, you and your tail-wagger can join the trail from the monument sign at the Surf Motel driveway, or at the Surf Market which is at the midway point of the trail. The address to this midway entry point is at 39140, Coast Highway.
Some of the wildlife that can
be viewed from the trail include river otters, whales, sea lions, seals, and
several bird species including seagulls, pelicans, and cormorants. There are
also a lot of well-maintained, native plants along the trail.
To protect all the natural splendor, dog owners using the trail must keep their dogs on a leash and respect the habitat and wildlife along the trail. If you want to chill and admire the beautiful view while quietly listening to the sounds in the area, or if you want to stop for a snack break with your pooch, there are more than a few benches along the trail for this.
This beautiful 3.2-mile out-and-back trail provides a calm, meditative and pleasant stroll far from traffic, but close to modern amenities. The trail passes several shops and eateries in downtown Gualala, while at the same time providing pawtacular views of the Pacific Ocean, Gualala River Estuary/Lagoon and Gualala Point Park. The trail starts at Gualala Point Regional Park and ends at Walk-On Beach which is along the Pacific coast.
All in all, Gualala Bluff Trail is an unfurgettable trail that has easy access, the perfect mix of isolation and community and offers several nature activities including wildlife watching amidst scenic views that can be enjoyed along with your furry friend.
There is no direct access to the river water from the bluff edge using the trail. To cross the Gualala River, you must enter the nearby Gualala Regional Park. Additionally, there is no parking area near the trailhead. The closest public parking is in downtown Gualala, which is an easy and short distance away.