Arena Cove Bluff Top Trail
Leave the Coast Guard House far below and climb the hill to begin your cove and headlands tour.
This hike joins the Point Arena Ranch hike which leaves from City Hall. The hardy among you can leave from the Coast Guard House.
Now travel through the eastern canyon. You are sure to see circling hawks.
This structure is a one hundred year old springhouse. Turn left here and continue on the path until you reach the summit.
Some of us will get caught up playing near the springhouse. Those who do will get muddy paws.
Once you reach the headlands you are on the Point Arena Ranch and will view the World War II watchtower which stands sentry over Arena Cove on the southern headlands.
As you come out to the open headlands you will see the payoff view, Arena Cove and Arena Pier before you.
If you look just to the left of your feet, you will see a steep drop directly into the ocean. Stay close to the inside, remember cliffs crumble.
Tired and hot already? We are going all the way to The Point, see it over Winston's right shoulder?
The Point is the very same one you see while sitting on the porch of the Coast Guard House.
Look back and see how far you've come. This is a nice view of Arena Canyon with a peek of the Coast Guard House.
This cute baby mound punctuates the south-western curve of Arena Cove. Take a good look on your way to The Point.
You have reached The Point. Some days you can see cormorants clinging to the sides of these cliffs.
Sleek black cormorants gone fishin'.
How about a long distance view of the lighthouse? From here you can continue on the trail that follows the coast for another two miles all the way to the lighthouse.
A very private but rocky cove exists here. It is a portion of the California Coastal National Monument. It is mesmerizing to watch the waves crash through the holes in the rocks.
Sit down for a moment and savor the absolute solitude of this ocean vista.
Head back or take the loop through the woods.
In memory of our beloved Winston.