Point Arena Ranch
The California Coastal Conservancy completed the purchase of two parcels totalling nearly seven hundred acres in 2013 providing protection of coastal habitat and unparalleled coastal access to the public.
President Obama designated this area and the adjacent Stornetta Public Lands as the California Coastal National Monument in March of 2014.
This unspoiled and magnificent area can be reached at the trail head behind Point Arena City Hall at mile marker 16.00.
Follow the trail out onto the headlands and you will spot the Coast Guard House far below. Continue west and you will be rewarded with a terrific view of Arena Cove, the crashing surf and the circling birds.
The Point Arena pier is the backbone of this community. It is used by commercial fishermen and pole fishermen alike. Salmon in the summer and crab in the winter are the main catches, but urchin and rock fish and the occasional abalone also come across our pier. It was rebuilt when a giant winter storm in 1983 took the old wood pier to its watery grave.
From this vantage spot high up on the Point Arena Ranch you can see the pier and if you look west the jutting land mass ahead is the terminus of Arena Cove. When you round the corner and head north you will notice the lighthouse two miles away. The trail then runs alongside the California Coastal Monument, the spectacular collection of sea rocks and outcroppings until it reaches the lighthouse.