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Pelican Bluffs Preserve and Coastal 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.

This stunning preserve south of Point Arena offers 2.2 miles of public trails, with a parking lot just west of Highway One near the southeastern end of the property. There are spectacular ocean views from very high white cliffs on this property.  These cliffs are very steep, making it essential to stay on the trail.  There is also a short (0.5 mile) flat loop trail that wraps through bishop pines and an open meadow.


This 73-acre preserve is home to endangered Point Arena Mountain Beaver and several rare plants, as well as a creek that is recovering from cattle grazing and Bishop pine forest.  Check out this video about Pelican Bluffs before you visit:


Pelican Bluffs is owned and managed by the Mendocino Land Trust (MLT).  MLT hosts volunteer stewardship workdays to maintain the trail, pick up trash, and remove invasive plants. If you would like to help out, please contact MLT at 707-962-0470. 

Pelican Bluffs Trail trail map

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Trail Latitude (X): 38.895

Trail Longitude (Y): -123.684

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): 14.3

Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 13.5

Trail Length: 2.2 miles