Moat to Ross Creek Coastal Trail

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Trail Distance: 1.5 miles
Time Estimate: 30 min+
Elevation Gain: 1 foot
Leash Rule: On Leash
Difficulty: Easy
Parking: Free
Route Type: Loop
Restroom: Yes
Description

Hiking through dense forests and up elevated paths to see views of the mountains is great ,and usually the first thing people think of when they think of the word trail, but the Moat to Ross Creek Coastal Trail gives a whole new meaning to the word. Other than high peaks and woods, this trail shows off the pretty beaches and grasslands of the coast of California.

The Moat to Ross Creek Coastal Trail is part of the California Coastal Trail system, which connects dozens of trails that span over 1200 miles along the coast. This trail is towards the southern part of the state, and starts at Moss Creek. The trailhead has asphalt parking with water fountains, trash bins, and restrooms near the creek. After starting off at the shaded entrance, you'll see small waterfalls and cascading water over the rocky creek that leads into the ocean. The trail follows this for a few feet for turning south and entering a field.

The trail zigzags through the field offering pretty views and access to the ocean. The trail follows southward, along with beaches and jagged cliffs, with elevated views of the sights below. At these portions, hikers can also enjoy swimming in the water with Fido or whale watching. The trail passes through neighborhoods and a short wooded area for about a seventh of a mile before entering Bowling Ball Beach. The trail follows rights on the shore, with a nice sandy and rocky terrain.

After the beach, the trail enters Schooner Gulch State Park, a beachy cove with rocks, caves, recreational fields, and trails that explore the park. The trail passes by restrooms before connecting to the Schooner Gulch State Park parking area, where you and Fido can turn around and continue up the trail to see the ocean and nature before going back to your car.

This trail isn't your typical nature trail, but with new sights of the ocean and a chance to swim in the cool waters, you and Fido will have a fun day to enjoy that you will want to repeat again and again by visiting again!

Trail Features
Loose Terrain, Muddy, Rocky, Beach, Forest, Easy Incline, Diverse Landscape, Grassland
Cave, Scenic, Waterfall, Wildflowers
Cautions & Considerations
The trail follows past a few cliffs that can be dangerous and cause risk of falling if you get too close, so tread carefully in these areas.
Address
Moat Creek Parking, 27312 Shoreline Hwy
Gualala, CA 95445
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Address
Moat Creek Parking, 27312 Shoreline Hwy
Gualala, CA 95445
Hours
Mon Sunrise - Sunset
Tue Sunrise - Sunset
Wed Sunrise - Sunset
Thu Sunrise - Sunset
Fri Sunrise - Sunset
Sat Sunrise - Sunset
Sun Sunrise - Sunset