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Cooks Beach via Bonham Trail

Mendocino Coast + Clear Lake Area, California

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  • Whale whatching from the bluff near the parking area.- Cooks Beach via Bonham Trail
  • Cooks Beach.- Cooks Beach via Bonham Trail
  • Cooks Beach.- Cooks Beach via Bonham Trail
  • Bonham Trail.- Cooks Beach via Bonham Trail
  • Cooks Beach.- Cooks Beach via Bonham Trail
  • Views of the Sea Lion Rookery at Fish Rocks.- Cooks Beach via Bonham Trail
  • Bull Kelp (Nereocystis luetkeana).- Cooks Beach via Bonham Trail
  • Great storm watching on the southside of the beach.- Cooks Beach via Bonham Trail
  • Typical Mendecino County sunset.- Cooks Beach via Bonham Trail
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Pros: 
Great whale and storm whatching. Dog friendly. Sandy beach.
Cons: 
Limited parking.
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Region:
Mendocino Coast + Clear Lake Area, CA
Congestion: 
Moderate
Location type: 
Sandy beach
Parking Pass: 
Not Required
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A short walk through wind-beaten redwoods and bull pines leads to small cove with a sandy beach. The short trail makes this an ideal beach for packing a picnic and watching the sunset or taking an impromptu trip to the beach as you pass through the area. Before you descend the trail to the beach, spend a few minutes on the bluff overlooking the ocean. Various species of whales are often seen here during their winter migrations, and keep an ear out for the loud barks of sea lions as they come and go from the Fish Rock Rookery located a few miles to the north.

Located in a "banana belt" of warmer climate trends, Cooks Beach is often sunny and free of wind, making it a perfect place to hang out and enjoy the warm sand. This is a great beach to let the dogs stretch their legs, as well, and the beach gets plenty of traffic from friendly locals playing fetch with their dogs on weekday mornings. You'll find dog waste bags, but no trash cans; please help keep the beach "dog friendly" by picking up after your pet.

Visiting the beach during low tide exposes tide pools, another beach, and a cave on the south side of the cove that is often full of treasures delivered by the previous high tide. Use caution when traveling on the south side of the cove because there are no exit trails once the tide comes in.

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