Gualala Bluff Trail to Whale Watch Point, Part 1
There are plenty of places to hike and explore the rocky coastline of northern Sonoma and southern Mendocino counties, and I’ve barely seen anything at all yet, but Gualala Regional Park is already one of my new favorites. When we visited the area in late April, we had a clear, breezy day, perfect for wandering. We pulled off Highway 1 just south of the Gualala River, paid the day use fee ($7), and sat down to enjoy lunch before heading off along the Salal Trail. We weren’t exactly sure where we were headed, but after hiking along the park road for a ways, we came upon the Bluff Top Trail. From here it was a choice between north and south; but the chance of spotting a whale from Whale Watch Point was too much to resist, so we turned north.
The trail disappeared into the trees as we got closer to the point; the Monterey cypress made a good shelter from the wind, but the Big Guy had to stoop a bit in a couple of spots — while I was short enough to sail right on through!