Bizarre Bowling Ball Beach of Mendocino

| March 30, 2010

People, who are not familiar with a place called Schooner Gulch in Mendocino, will be amazed with the scenery in front of them. Thousands of rocks have convened to face the tides like a Terracotta Army of small boulders. They’re all of equal size, all uniform in their spacing. Located about 30 miles south of Mendocino on the northern California coastline, Bowling Ball Beach isn’t on any maps, but you can get to it by driving on Highway 1 to mile marker 11.5, just 3 miles south of Point Arena. The beach is characterized by dozens of round “bowling ball” like rocks that are visible and accessible at low tide.

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Bowling Ball Beach
Wide Rocks | OceanRudy Flickr

Bowling Ball Beach is totally worth the trip, and you should check it out if you’re headed to Mendocino. Adventurous photographers should bring a tripod and climb onto the rocks. The tips? You can easily put each leg of a tripod on a boulder for creative, slow-exposure photos. Following are incredible photos taken by very brave and talented photographers. Bravo!

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Bowling Ball Beach
HDR | Man Dog Flickr

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Final Finally | Method of Least Square Flickr

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Sunset | Joe Defao Flickr

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Black and White | Maxx Smart Flickr

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Zen | Stephen Oachs Flickr

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Hi Speed | Eric Cheng

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Low Tide | Eric Cheng

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Bowling Ball Beach
Bright | Ah Zut Flickr

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  1. Actually, in many of the photos they look more like meatballs than bowling balls to me. 🙂

  2. M.H.M says:

    Indeed. But the place is called bowling beach..I wonder why they put name like. It should be Meatballs beach…Maybe not because all carnivore animals will swarm to the place. 🙂

  3. coooooooool post,it really helps a lot,thank you for sharing!