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Whale Watching-Del Norte

Whale Watching-Del Norte

Multiple locations along the Del Norte coast are easily accessible for whale watching, including Point St. George, Ninth Street Overlook, Enderts Beach Overlook, and Klamath Overlook. Types of Whales or Sealife Likely to be Viewed Here Gray Whales Best Times for Viewing -Late November through January -March through May Best Access and Parking Areas All areas have parking and easy access. For More Information, Contact: Crescent City – Del Norte Co Chamber of Commerce www.northerncalifornia.net 1001 Front Street, Crescent City,…

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

From its thunderous ocean breakers crashing against rocky headlands and expansive sand beaches through its open grasslands to its brushy hillsides and forested ridges, visitors can discover over 1000 species of plants and animals. Home to several cultures over thousands of years, Point Reyes preserves a tapestry of stories and interactions of people. Point Reyes awaits your exploration. Point Reyes National Seashore is home to wide diversity of wildlife. Nearly forty species of land mammals and at least a dozen…

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Mount Konocti

Mount Konocti

According to Pomo Indian legend, a beautiful maiden who lived on Mount Konocti created Soda Bay at its foot with tears she shed over the deaths of her feuding father and lover. Today, Soda Bay still bubbles with volcanic gases at the foot of Mt. Konocti, which rises to 4,300 feet in elevation. The Clear Lake Volcanic Field consists of some seven once-active volcanic vents. The name “Konocti” has mysterious origins. Though European settlers attempted to change Mt. Konocti’s name…

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Manila Dunes

Manila Dunes

Walking through a forest of Sitka spruce and beach pine you’ll notice that the soils are turning to sands beneath you, trees peter off at the edge of the beach, where the winds and waves have shaped shifting dunes. Rains and human activities erode the rock formation of the Bald and Klamath mountains filling the Eel river with sediment. Though two dams on the Eel hold back sediment, the remaining drainage releases sands into the Humboldt Bay a little south…

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Humboldt Botanical Gardens

Humboldt Botanical Gardens

These 44.5 acres adjacent to College of the Redwoods provide the public with a wide range of native and exotic plants that thrive in the local climate. In addition to being aesthetically pleasing and suitable for all ages, the site offers education about horticulture, sustainability, botany, ecology, and global plant conservation and restoration. The unique HBGF gardens reflect the influence of their geographic location , which straddles two climate regions, the Mediterranean and Pacific Marine. As a result, very diverse…

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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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