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California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Westport Rocks & Seastacks

California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Westport Rocks & Seastacks

North of the little town of Westport are several large seastacks and rocks relatively close to the shoreline. From the pullout walk down the trail and railroad tie stairway to the fine gray pebbled beach for a closer look at the Cormorants and gulls nesting and roosting. Westport is only 13 miles north of Fort Bragg but feels remote and reflective of the 19th century, when 20,000 residents responded to the demands of the timber industry. Now with a population…

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California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Point Arena Rocks & Islet

California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Point Arena Rocks & Islet

This is a great opportunity to observe California Coastal National Monument rocks, exposed reefs, and a large islet by viewing from the road to the Point Arena Lighthouse Station or taking a short hike along the low coastal bluffs of the Bureau of Land Management’s Stornetta Public Lands . The viewpoint is located on the Stornetta Public Lands 2 miles north of the City of Point Arena on Highway 1, about 1 mile west on Lighthouse Road from Rollerville Junction….

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California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Van Damme Rocks & Seastacks

California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Van Damme Rocks & Seastacks

Van Damme State Park offers several California Coastal National Monument perspectives, including from adjacent headlands, the sandy beach, and on the water. Seasonal camping allows for the prolonged appreciation of spectacular sunsets. Concessionaires for kayak tours are right at the parking lot. Exploring inland the park offers the Fern Canyon scenic trail system, and the Pygmy Forest where mature, cone-bearing cypress and pine trees stand six inches to eight feet tall. Apart for the thrilling variety of idle or active…

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California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Russian River Offshore Rocks

California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Russian River Offshore Rocks

A spectacular bird’s eye view of 180 degrees of coastline features Arch Rock, an oft pictured feature of the California Coastal National Monument. The Arch Rock overlook above Goat Rock on west side of Highway 1 is about 1 mile north of Salmon Creek and approximately 6 miles north of the town of Bodega Bay. From the paved overlook and small parking lot, the view of the coastline is from north of the mouth of the Russian River to south…

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California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Patrick’s Point Offshore Rocks

California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Patrick’s Point Offshore Rocks

Hike the Patrick’s Point State Park Rim Trail, which traces the centuries old bluff path used by the Yurok Tribe. The monument rocks off the point, including Turtle Rocks a nautical mile west, provide habitat for abundant wildlife. Binoculars are a must in order to identify the variety of seabirds and pinnipeds (i.e., seals and sea lions) that occupy them. From November to March this is a great location to watch whales (including gray whales and orcas) moving around the…

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California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Mendocino Headlands Rocks & Islets

California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Mendocino Headlands Rocks & Islets

The monument islets at Mendocino Headlands State Park are very close, providing for excellent observation of roosting and nesting seabirds. Between mid-April and late August, nesting Brandt’s and Pelagic Cormorants can easily be viewed, while Common Murres nest on the outer ends of the northwest islets. Black Oystercatchers also nest in the area. The pull-outs along the park’s headlands loop accommodate cozy viewing of winter storm surf breaking over the islets. The Mendocino Headlands mile-long loop is located on the…

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California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Kibesillah Rocks & Islets

California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Kibesillah Rocks & Islets

Nearshore California Coastal National Monument rocks and islets fill the small cove at South Kibesillah Gulch. These monument features range from small jagged rocks to large soil-capped islets with terrestrial plants. A small paved parking lot accommodates the bluff overlook above South Kibesillah Gulch on the west side of Highway 1, located 2.1 miles north the Ten Mile River Bridge. Walk out less than 100 feet beyond the parking area to see the rocks to the south and take in…

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California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Elk / Greenwood Rocks & Islets

California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Elk / Greenwood Rocks & Islets

The captivating perspective of the California Coastal National Monument rocks from the town of Elk is often featured in tourism media. Walk the dirt trail along the 150′ high bluff rim on Greenwood State Beach, for views of Greenwood, Elk, and Cuffy Coves. Within these coves are numerous seastacks of varying shapes and sizes. Central in the scenery is Wharf Rock, named after Greenwood Wharf that once extended out from a cut in the bluff and across a few smaller…

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California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Duncan’s Landing Rocks

California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Duncan’s Landing Rocks

Picnic with a spectacular unobstructed view southward of California Coastal National Monument rocks and seastacks. Here along Sonoma Coast State Beach the seastacks are close to shore and a multitude of rocks of various shapes and sizes brace against the waves all the way down the coast. Duncan’s Landing is off the west side of Highway 1 on Sonoma Coast State Beach, about 5 miles north of Bodega Bay. Recreational Opportunities Just to the west is a loop drive around…

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California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Crescent City Rocks

California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Crescent City Rocks

Capture a panoramic view of the California Coastal National Monument rocks from the Brother Jonathan Park. On a clear day the vista encompasses the Battery Point Lighthouse and the monument rocks in and around Castle Rock National Wildlife Refuge, possibly even the Saint George Reef Lighthouse on the horizon to the northwest. The Brother Jonathan Park is on the west side of the circle at Pebble Beach Drive and 9th Street, the southwest side of Crescent City. Recreational Opportunities Approximately…

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