Manchester State Beach

Manchester, California

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Manchester State Beach is between Point Arena and the town of Manchester in Mendocino County, just north of Sonoma County. The large beach encompasses 1,400 acres with ponds, bluffs, grass-covered dunes, and five miles of dramatic sandy coastline. It is the closest point to Hawaii on North America. Alder Creek borders the state beach to the north, where the San Andreas Fault runs into the Pacific Ocean. At the mouth of the creek is a freshwater lagoon inhabited by migratory waterfowl. The Garcia River flows into the sea at the southern border. This hike begins at Alder Creek and strolls south along the isolated dune-backed beach scattered with giant driftwood logs.
Day Hikes Around Sonoma County

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Day Hikes Around Sonoma County

by Robert Stone (Day Hike Books)

Manchester State Beach is between Point Arena and the town of Manchester in Mendocino County, just north of Sonoma County. The large beach encompasses 1,400 acres with ponds, bluffs, grass-covered dunes, and five miles of dramatic sandy coastline. It is the closest point to Hawaii on North America. Alder Creek borders the state beach to the north, where the San Andreas Fault runs into the Pacific Ocean. At the mouth of the creek is a freshwater lagoon inhabited by migratory waterfowl. The Garcia River flows into the sea at the southern border. This hike begins at Alder Creek and strolls south along the isolated dune-backed beach scattered with giant driftwood logs.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Manchester
Distance: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 50 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: USGS: Point Arena and Mallo Pass Creek
Topo Map: Manchester State Beach Topographic Map
Guide Book: Day Hikes Around Sonoma County Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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