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Dark Gulch Trail

Stairs iconBeach Access iconWildlife Viewing iconWetlands / Stream iconNo Cell Reception iconDogs on Leash iconModerate Trail icon

No cell phone receptionThis location has no cellular reception. Please plan accordingly. We recommend that you download the PDF trail data sheet below to your device prior to your trip to this location.

Just off of Highway One, south of the famous Heritage House Resort is this little coastal access trail that leads down a set of stairs to a private pocket beach. There is limited parking on the side of the road and visitors need to be mindful of the houses on both sides of the trail. During the winter, Dark Gulch creek may flood the trail near the beach, making it difficult for visitors to cross. However, for the adventurous spirit looking for a secret place off the beaten path, the Dark Gulch trail is a gem.

Dark Gulch Trail trail map

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Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 45.24

Trail Length: .5 miles