- From the parking lot, cross Mockingbird Drive to the posted trailhead. Follow the dirt trail.
- This trail descends ravines fed by seasonal streams and end with sets of steps onto the sand. At Pinnacle Gulch beach, look for Pinnacle Rock, a distinctive offshore formation.
- The path is lined with a mix of cypress, wax myrtle and willow trees, coastal scrub, berries, and spring and summer wildflowers. In warm months, you may notice garter snakes darting into the brush and hear the barking of seals from across the bay.
- You can hike the trail to the beach and then return the way you came. Or, at low tide only, you can create a looped hike by hiking down Shorttail Gulch Trail, crossing the rocky shore to Pinnacle Gulch Beach, and hiking up Pinnacle Gulch Trail.