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Schooner Gulch State Beach

Schooner Gulch Road and State Highway 1, Point Arena, CA 95468
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Unique!!

There are no clear cut signs for Bowling Ball Beach. It is situated on a curve at mile marker... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
BonnieLee77
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Marietta, Georgia
Challenging access to Bowling Ball beach

This location seems to be suffering from funding cutbacks. There is limited parking and it is not... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Sue L
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Cupertino, California
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible0%
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“bowling balls” (14 reviews)
“low tide” (21 reviews)
“parking area” (5 reviews)
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Schooner Gulch Road and State Highway 1, Point Arena, CA 95468
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"bowling balls"
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"low tide"
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"parking area"
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"facing south"
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"mile marker"
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"the cliff"
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"short path"
in 2 reviews
"climb down"
in 3 reviews
"some great photos"
in 2 reviews
"turn around"
in 2 reviews
"worth a visit"
in 2 reviews
"tides"
in 8 reviews
"driftwood"
in 7 reviews
"formations"
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"gully"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are no clear cut signs for Bowling Ball Beach. It is situated on a curve at mile marker 11.41 that states 'park facing south.' There is not a parking lot, just pull offs on the side of the road. Go to the path at...More

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This location seems to be suffering from funding cutbacks. There is limited parking and it is not clearly signed. Reaching Bowling Ball beach is challenging - even at low tide. From either trail there is major and potentially dangerous rock scrambling required. The north trail...More

Thank Sue L
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Reviewed 5 June 2018 via mobile

Hubby and I trek’d down a short path to a few steps that brought us right down to the beach. We did have to navigate over many rocks then walk about .75 mile along the beach to get to the bowling balls. So worth it...More

Thank Jasmine A
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Reviewed 3 June 2018

Signs for beach cutoff inadequate. No signs that cutoff was coming up. Passed cutoff but no turn around nearby. Signs missing in other direction as well.

Thank Judi R
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Reviewed 29 May 2018 via mobile

Definetly a bit tricky to find. You have to know what you are looking for. It's a short trek to The beach. The trail is quite muddy, and a bit slippery in some spots that are shaded. There are lots of varieties of plants. Lots...More

Thank Julie H
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Reviewed 25 May 2018 via mobile

It took us four tries to see Bowling Ball Beach but it was worth the effort. The best bet is to stop at marker 11.50 and select the North trail from that spot. There are two trails and the north one is smaller and a...More

Thank Nareau
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Reviewed 23 May 2018

This is best known as bowling ball beach. The geology is super rare. These huge round rocks pop out of the hillside and hang in the surf. Visit at low tide for sure.

Thank JadeManSam
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Reviewed 22 May 2018 via mobile

breathtaking and a natural wonder! To find this place and to climb down to the beach was a challenge! It is worthwhile in any case!!! But please be careful the stones are very very slippery

Thank Katharina M
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Reviewed 4 January 2018

If you want to see a few round rocks in the beach, this is the place for you, but beware that you should go at low tide and the steps to the beach are gone so you will have to shimmy down some piled up...More

Thank dmlin
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Reviewed 20 October 2017

A very interesting location when viewed at low -minus tides. Getting there can be tricky if you have any physical limitations.

Thank Donna M
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Paul S
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Response from BonnieLee77 | Reviewed this property |
Take the far north path which will lead you thru a small field and then down steep stairs which are wooden, but embedded into the ground, They are steep. At the end of the stairs is a drop off....but there are large rocks... More
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