Coastal Trail Guide

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Dark Gulch Trail

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Just off of Hwy 1, 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. 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