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Cooks Beach/Bonham Trail

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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.

Cooks Beach is one of the few public sandy beaches on the southern Mendocino Coast. There aren’t a lot of places to park at the trailhead, but two pretty trails offer blufftop views of the Pacific Ocean or a trail through a Bishop pine forest down to a large, sandy pocket beach. Leashed dogs are welcome here, and this is a great family beach. The bluff trail leads out to the Bonham Overlook. This trail is managed by the Redwood Coast Land Conservancy (RCLC) and more information can be found on this organization's website, rclc.org.

Download Trail Data Sheet [PDF]

Cooks Beach Trail trail map

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Trail Latitude (X): 38.79

Trail Longitude (Y): -123.56

Mapping: View vicinity on Google Maps (see Trail Map above or Trail Data Sheet PDF under the Information tab for a more precise map)

Highway One Mile Marker (north end): 3.22

Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 3.14

Trail Length: 0.25 miles