Walking Sea Ranch trails…
at a leisurely, comfortably paced, just right for conversation, observation…
and even a cup of coffee carried along with you, that’s how I recommend you begin your day at The Sea Ranch.
Leave the cardio for later
I’m not talking about that sweaty, winded, no time to stop and smell the lupin, redwoods, and count the whale spouts kind of cardio walk.
Leisurely walks along The Sea Ranch trails allow you to be connected to people and place
I’m referring to the kind of walk that reconnects you to place and people.
It’s the type of walk that makes you in awe of earth and heaven.
Leisurely walks long The Sea Ranch trails allow you to be connected the creatures below the trail,
to the creatures above, and
to all walking alongside you.
It’s the kind of walking enjoyed by many of those who live and visit The Sea Ranch, especially on Thursdays.
Start Your Health Habit by Walking Sea Ranch Trails
Even if you’ve never taken a stroll, or view yourself as only a hardcore jogger, taking daily leisure walks offer excellent physical and mental benefits. Just by starting 15 minutes per day walking Sea Ranch trails, you’ll experience amazing physical and mental benefits, as well as many other positive effects.
As a Sea Ranch vacation rental guest, you have access to more than 50 miles of trails within the community’s 10 miles of coast, meadows, and forests.
For those of you not staying at Sea Ranch you too have access to five public trails for that lead you to the beaches listed below:
Who knows, your holiday habit may become a lifelong way to improve your health. Once you return from your Sea Ranch vacation continue your new habit by walking during lunchtime or while at home early in the morning, or after work.
You’ll be glad you did.
Reasons to Start Leisure Walking Sea Ranch Trails
While there are many reasons to start your leisure walking habit along The Sea Ranch Trails we’ve gathered ten of the best for you here.
1. Walking decreases our stress hormones and balances the adrenal glands.
Where better than along The Sea Ranch Trails to de-stress from things like lack of sleep, your children’s constant whining and behavior issues, financial and time pressures whether at home or in the office?
2. Walking can help us lose fat.
The low impact, low-intensity exercise like walking not only helps keep your hormones in check it also promotes fat loss.
3. Walking improves your cognitive memory.
I’m sure we can all use some help in this area! An early morning leisurely walk helps to clear out our minds’ cobwebs and that sluggish feeling before the coffee kicks in. In fact, walking reduces the risk of cognitive decline and dementia in old age.
4. Walking is a great family and friend activity.
Invite the whole family along with you on your walk along The Sea Ranch Trails. You’ll find you may be more likely to have wonderfully insightful conversations along the way with your spouse, your children, and friends.
5. Being outside in nature is simply good for you
Nature is good for us and has both long and short-term mental and physical health benefits:
- Boosts our immune system
- Lowers blood pressure
- Reduces stress.
- Improves mood.
- Increases ability to focus, even in children with ADHD.
- Accelerates recovery from surgery or illness. Increases energy level.
- Improves sleep.
Whether you walk along the Bluff Trails, through the meadows, or through our enchanted hedgerows and redwood forests a walk in nature is just what the doctor ordered.
And you’ll meet the most interesting fellow trail walkers along the way!
6. Walking helps you to live longer.
Men who walked more than 7 miles a week had a 33% lower death rate than sedentary men. Women found that walking for just an hour a week cut the risk of heart attack by half. Interestingly enough, increased weekly mileage, not their pace, gave even more health benefits.
7. Walking requires no equipment or special clothing
There’s no special athletic custom required to take a walk along our Sea Ranch trails. Just dress comfortably in jeans, or sundress with comfy shoes and you’re ready to go. Bring a camera to record the breathtaking vistas you’ll encounter along the way. Wear a hat and sunglasses, and apply sunscreen to keep from getting sunburned. The mild climate year-round along this section of the California coastline makes wearing light layers ideal.
Oh, and don’t forget your coffee cups (or wine)!!!
8. Walking is the simplest way to prevent many health conditions
Besides improving your moods, walking Sea Ranch trails helps to prevent or manage various conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, and type 2 diabetes. It also improves your bone strength.
9. Improve your balance and stamina by walking along the trails
No matter your age or your walking skill and ability, taking a leisurely walk along the trails helps everyone to improve their balance and stamina.
10. Learning about our unique architecture is an added bonus
Enjoy the architectural significance of homes within The Sea Ranch as you walk leisurely along the trails. Available for guests is an audio tour and digital guide. Each provides an insight into the unique building design that is the hallmark of The Sea Ranch.
11. Take a walk through history along the trails
Informative redwood markers along the trails in Sea Ranch recognize the complex and varied history of this unique and beautiful place. These marker posts document our history and identify some of the significant sites on The Sea Ranch. In addition to the sign, a text-based QR code provides an expanded description that you can read with a Smartphone QR code reader.
12. Taking a prayer walk connects you spiritually
Taking a prayer walk in nature along The Sea Ranch trails is a wonderful way to commune with God. As you walk through the golden pastures by still waters, you’ll discover much to be thankful for.
What to Know Before You Go: Stay on the trails
For more than 5o years, The Sea Ranch Association’s vision of being as respectful to the existing nature of this land as is humanly possible guides its Covenants and Conditions and Restrictions (commonly referred to as the CC&Rs).
We are proud to be a part of upholding and fulfilling this vision now and well into the future. Both homeowners and their guests must comply with those restrictions, which include the requirement to remain on the Association’s established trails only.
Remain on The Sea Ranch Trails
Any and all walking and hiking on The Sea Ranch property needs to be done only on the established trails, which are clearly defined by the trail markers and the Trails Map.
It is against the CC&R regulations to walk on any community land that doesn’t have an Association-created trail.
The Sea Ranch Trails Code
- Trail use is a privilege
- Respect the people, the land, and the sea.
- Protect wildlife and plants.
- Safeguard streams, tidepools, beaches, and ponds.
- Honor the property of others.
- Go gently and stay on trails.
- Keep horses under control.
- Walk dogs on leashes. no more than six feet in length.
- No bicycle riding on Bluff Trail.
- No smoking on commons.
- Garbage disposal is not available along the trails, so pack out everything you carry in.
- Be responsible for your own safety
Bluff Trail outside Abalone Bay’s Backdoor
Sea Ranch Abalone Bay has the Bluff Trail, an Association-created trail right outside our home’s back door. However, if you happen to stay or visit a home without a trail next to it, then the appropriate action to take is to either walk along or drive the streets to the nearest trail marker that guides you to the Association-created trails.
Different Sea Ranch Trails for different purposes
Trails have been designed for specific usage. You’ll discover most trails will accommodate a leisurely walk.
There are also specialized trails designed for bicycles and horseback riding. By looking at the trail marker you’ll be able to easily determine if the trail is approved for either.
For the most part bike riding is allowed on the streets and the trails along Highway 1. It is never allowed along the delicate Bluff Trail.
This is one big part of the purpose of The Sea Ranch, to live lightly on the land. Honoring the requirement to only walk and hike on the designated trails is a major dimension of respecting this vision.
Easy access trails
Easy access trails make walking Sea Ranch trails available for people with limited mobility and for strollers. There are 7 easy access trails that lead to the Bluff Trail at posts 3, 6, 10, 24, 36, 43, and 60. Short horizontal bars on the Trails Map indicate the easy access trails.
Book Your Sea Ranch Trails Walking Holiday Now
We hope you’re inspired to include walking Sea Ranch Trails while staying at Abalone Bay. You’ll find trail maps available for your use to help plan your walks along our community’s trails. Or purchase your own maps as a memento of your holiday and to help plan for your next vacation.