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Pelican Bluffs Preserve and Coastal Trail

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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. 


The Mendocino Land Trust gratefully recognizes Trail Keeper sponsors of this location:

Pelican Bluffs Trail trail map

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Trail Latitude (X): 38.895

Trail Longitude (Y): -123.684

Mapping: See Trail Map above.

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Highway One Mile Marker (north end): 14.3

Highway One Mile Marker (south end): 13.5

Trail Length: 2.2 miles