Right outside the door at Sea Ranch Lodge are 50 miles of hiking trails for guests to enjoy. These trails meander through coastal meadows and conifer forests, past unique architecture and among distinctive, natural features. Most popular is the Bluff Trail which begins at the lodge and runs along the Sonoma coastline for over eight miles, ending at Gualala Regional Park, the northernmost coastal point in Sonoma County, just before you reach Mendocino County. Within a few minutes’ drive are hikes to local beaches and Salt Point State Park, with other breathtaking coastal trails to explore.
For a local perspective, The Sea Ranch residents have a weekly hiking group called "Hikes for Health." Lodge guests are always welcome to join.
For door-to-door, personalized hiking and nature tours we highly recommend "Unbeaten Path Hiking Tours" with owner and guide, Margaret Lindgren: 707.888.6121. Unbeaten Path will meet you personally at the Lodge and lead to your selected tour location. This is a great way to explore areas of our coast you wouldn't know existed and to learn about its history, geology, architecture, flora, fauna and more. Each tour provides the opportunity for great conversation, photos and, most importantly, lasting & priceless memories. Their web site offers many tours to choose from and they are happy to personalize a tour to meet your specific needs. www.unbeatenpath.weebly.com.
There are five public-access beaches at The Sea Ranch, with Black Point Beach just a five-minute walk from the lodge’s doorstep. Each has its own character, from rocky Shell Beach to sandy, windswept Walk-On Beach with driftwood sculptures and ever-changing shapes. Beachcombing and walking along the bluffs and beaches of The Sea Ranch has been a favorite activity for generations of visitors. In addition to our local beaches, there are many others, both north and south, offering countless up-close and unique experiences of the Northern California coast.
If you are a ‘birder,’ you can find over 100 species right outside your doorstep. Many residents of The Sea Ranch are avid naturalists and maintain lists of area sightings. The lodge is an active participant in local efforts to preserve habitat and monitor bird populations. Regular sightings include the Kingfisher, Pine Siskin, Great Blue Heron, numerous types of raptors (such as hawks, Osprey, Bald Eagle and Peregrine Falcon), Flicker and other woodpeckers, Oystercatcher, Barn Swallow, Brown Pelican, American Goldfinch, and many others.
Here is a list of species that have been sighted at The Sea Ranch.
Come explore the dark side. Because the Sea Ranch community produces very little light pollution, ours is a truly dark sky. Far from the madding crowd, here is the antithesis of "bright lights, big city." The Milky Way and other galaxies are typically visible and night-sky sights such as the moon, constellations, planets, and meteors are dazzlingly bright.
If you want to wish upon a star, this is the place.