Coastal Trail Guide

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Moat to Ross Creek Coastal Trail

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This is one of the coolest trails on the Mendocino Coast. It’s managed by the Moat Creek Managing Agency (MCMA), which is a grassroots nonprofit based in Point Arena. The trail starts at Moat Creek, and leads either to the beach (where there’s a rest room), or up the hill to the top of the bluff, where you will get a great view north to the beach far below. The trail follows the bluff edge south to Ross Creek and the north end of Bowling Ball Beach. Bowling Ball Beach has some of the most fascinating and incredible geology on the Mendocino Coast. Bowling Ball Beach is also a nature photographers’ paradise, especially at low tide. Please note that the Moat to Ross Creek Bluff Top Trail is closed from March 1 to April 30 to allow undisturbed cormorant nesting.

Download Trail Data Sheet [PDF]

Moat Creek to Schooner Gulch Trail trail map

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Trail Latitude (X): 38.882

Trail Longitude (Y): -123.673

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): 13

Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 12.88

Trail Length: 1.5 miles