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“Fantastic Beach!!!”

Schooner Gulch State Beach
Reviewed 4 June 2014

Every part of this beach is beautiful. The sandstone cliffs are beautiful. Some of the trees have falling off the cliff years ago and make a nice resting spot. Down the path to the left I got to see an otter eating it's morning meal and a pelican resting against the rocks. Then up the right path (Bowling Ball Beach) I stayed to view the beautiful rock formation and walked down the beach to see a seagull eating a dead octopus. It was much more than I had expected!!!

1  Thank Chemabb
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

We wanted to take some photos on bowling ball beach which is accessed from the north trail. The hike is easy but the stairs down to the beach have not been maintained and we were unable to get down to the sand safely.

4  Thank Mike P
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Reviewed 5 May 2014

First Park at mile marker 11.8 (or something like that, double check because it is easy to miss!) I loved this visit. It is a little hike to get there but it is a tough one in one spot where the trail did seem to be washed out. So not handicap friendly and make sure to bring some good shoes for getting up and down. We took our time on the beach at low tide (Agree with others make sure it is LOW TIDE! to better see the 'balls'. Also walk down past the beach to another portion with all the little rocks on the beach and stand near the waves. Just listen and you will hear the waves turning the rocks! It was awesome! An unexpected lovely surprise! My dog had a blast! There is NOTHING here. You are parking along the side of the road and that's it.

4  Thank SunnyOnTheGo
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

Check the tide tables for low tide because apparently the "bolwing balls" are not visible during high tide. This was part 4 of our day trip to Point Arena...see my other reviews for more info about the area's attractions.

As other reviewers have said, you need to park facing south on Route 1. There are signs saying that so that is how we found the beach. It is a short hike to the beach. We did not see a ladder as another reviewer mentioned but there were a few muddy/wet spots on the trail that has pieces of wood to step on above the mud. And yes there was a small stream we needed to cross to get to the bowling balls. As a caution, the bowling balls were covered with sea moss which can be quite slippery when wet. I warned my daughter that if she fell and go hurt it would be tough to get her out of there.

We had limited time but this appeared to be a great place for further inspection. We saw lots of caves and nooks and crannies on our way to the bowling balls.

This beach was very secluded. Bring food and water if you plan to stay awhile.

There was a "outhouse" on the hill on the way down but the kids refused to even think about using it.

5  Thank Thorn1
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Reviewed 23 December 2013

We visited this beach just to see the Bowling Ball Beach with the bowling ball boulder formations on the beach. You have to park up on Highway 1 and then take a hike down to the beach area. Not easy to reach as the trail has been eroded and you have to climb down a make shift ladder (see pictures).
We got there a little too late after low tide and several of the rock "bowling balls" were covered up but still a great beach. Similar to the Boulder Beach in New Zealand. Never saw another person the entire time we were there. Highly recommended but not for the physically challenged.

16  Thank ronwao
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