We always visit and walk up and down the rocky shore. Fun to come upon abalone shells now and again.
Jughandle Preserve is nature at its most expressive. The bluffs nature trail leads from the small parking lot to sheer cliffs overlooking the Pacific. The surf is explosive here; there's even a blowhole in one of the coves. The churning water and waves are fascinating to watch. Lots of birds to enjoy, too, as they ride the waves and somehow... More
Another incredible place to hike. You can see a variety of ecological environments here. We preferred the headlands. There is some serious up and down once you head inland. It is not for the faint of heart.
There are two wonderful trails which "expose" mother nature in northern California. The first takes you around the headlands and then the longer 5 mile trail gives a very informative look (pick up the free guide at the trail head) at the different "ecologies" that rise up from the coast including the very rare "pygmy forest". Go...you won't be disappointed.
This easy/moderate hike is a perfect day hike, easily accomplished in 2-3 hours, even if you dally. At the trail head, there is an interpretive guide that you should take. The guide explains the different ecological environs, and specific trees and plants with great detail. The changes in fauna was amazing and we even saw a coyote.
The Jug Handle beach is KID-FRIENDLY, sparsely visited, with an inlet well stocked with dry sand that "barks" as you walk barefoot. The water is safe and has a submerged sandbar that allowed being out a hundred feet or more but still only up to your waist. Warning, the water is icy cold and a wet suit is advised. Even... More
The first half of the self-guided walk was very interesting, starting at the bluffs and ending (for us) with the riparian environment. We decided to stop there as we were not interested in the section filled with invasive species and had already visited the Pygmy Forest in VanDamme State Park. The trail was well-interpreted for the most part. We really... More
A few steps down a walkway to a wonderful small beach. It sits in a small cove and the view is inspiring. A very small beach but worth some real time to enjoy. then take a stroll thru the meadow on top and out to the cliffs. Another very pretty view. One of our new favorite places.
this small intimate beach is on of my favorite spots along the PCH. A short walk and decent down some steep well traveled steps and you are on a very private feeling beach with a beautiful bridge to your back and the ocean stretching out in front of you. Add a few locals stopping to enjoy the sunset with you... More
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