Gualala Bluff Trail

Gualala Bluff Trail

39170 S. Hwy. 1
Gualala, California 95445
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Local Phone: (707) 962-0470
E-mail: [email protected]

The Gualala Bluff Trail is a beautiful trail created and maintained by volunteers and the Redwood Coast Land Conservancy (RCLC). It affords a wonderful view of the Gualala River Estuary/Lagoon, Gualala Point Park, and the Pacific Ocean.

This is an excellent place to view wildlife including passing whales and river otters that haul out on the beach or are seen in the Gualala River. There are many sea birds such as pelicans, gulls, and cormorants with each seasonal change.

The trail is nicely maintained with native plants bordering it and benches at a number of sites where visitors can sit and admire the view, eat lunch, meditate and relax. Sunsets are great.

Viewing the Gualala River break through to the ocean with the first winter rains is a real treat. Winter wave watching is popular as is spring wildflower viewing.

The trail is just a few minutes walk from downtown Gualala and can be accessed listed from north to south from the Surf Motel driveway at the monument sign or between the Breakers Inn/Sandbar Restaurant.

The trail goes behind three motels/inns and other commercial buildings and follows the Gualala River. Parts of it are relatively flat and other parts more challenging. For more information, please visit the RCLC webpage at

Leashed dogs welcome. 

Help us keep this trail beautiful and dog-friendly:
• Always follow the posted rules as they may have changed
• Respect and protect wildlife and habitats
• Pack in and pack out, leaving only paw prints, dog friendly, trail, bluff, mendocino, gualala, surf motel

Gualala River Redwoods Park - Photo Credit: @nickandkonaandkira
Gualala River Redwoods Park - Photo Credit: @nickandkonaandkira
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