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“A hike down to Bowling Ball Beach”

Schooner Gulch State Beach
Visalia, California
Level 4 Contributor
17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“A hike down to Bowling Ball Beach”
Reviewed December 23, 2013

We visited this beach just to see the Bowling Ball Beach with the bowling ball boulder formations on the beach. You have to park up on Highway 1 and then take a hike down to the beach area. Not easy to reach as the trail has been eroded and you have to climb down a make shift ladder (see pictures).
We got there a little too late after low tide and several of the rock "bowling balls" were covered up but still a great beach. Similar to the Boulder Beach in New Zealand. Never saw another person the entire time we were there. Highly recommended but not for the physically challenged.

Visited December 2013
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Ventura, CA
Level 5 Contributor
55 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“One of a kind”
Reviewed September 29, 2013

What makes this place special is bowling ball beach. The beach is not visible from Hwy 1 and the sign is small and easy to miss. The small parking area on the side of Hwy 1 can only be accessed while driving south and it comes up quickly after a climbing left turn. If you hesitate to pull over you will have to drive some distance to find an area to turn around, drive north past the parking area to find another safe place to turn around and then try again.

Once there, you have to hike north along the bluff overlooking the beach to find a small wooden ladder. You climb down, cross a small brook, clamber over some large rocks and then walk north to find bowling ball beach. Make sure you check the tide tables before you go since this feature is only visible at low tides.

Visited September 2013
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Watsonville, CA
Level 6 Contributor
211 reviews
97 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 150 helpful votes
“charming little beach”
Reviewed January 23, 2013

Just a short walk from Highway 1 takes you to this little cove, and a short hike to the north gets you to famous Bowling Ball Beach. If you like to beach-wander, put this on your list.

Visited November 2012
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Los Angeles, California
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“You will have the beach to yourself”
Reviewed January 9, 2013

Small little beach reachable after a short walk. The beach itself is not spectacular but is pretty, with a creek emptying into the ocean which divides the beach in two. The best thing about the beach, however, is that it appears to be ignored by most people. We did not see a single other person at the beach while we were there and the isolation made it very peaceful as we watched the waves crashing and whales spouting in the distance.

Visited January 2013
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Gualala, California
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“gotta hike”
Reviewed November 27, 2012

There is a path down to the small beach, but if you want to walk on Bowling Ball Beach, be prepared to hike and do a little climbing. Parking on Hwy 1 (south-facing only) can be treacherous, so be careful.

Visited May 2012
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