Giant three ton bull Northern Elephant Seal basking in the morning sun at Point Reyes
This page summarizes dozens of day trips, week long road-trips, family visit trips and about eight years of field trips up and down the north coast of California.
Living in Sacramento for nearly a decade provided me with a great location for day trips to the coast. Simply a 2.5 hour drive to the north west would locate me in spectacular Point Reyes National Seashore. Lien and I would spend countless days exploring the coast, lagoons and forests of this special place. For eight years, I taught a winter semester course titled “The Natural History of Point Reyes” which involved January field trips taking students in to the field to study the nature and ecology of the park. These were five-day field seminars which involved nature walks, lectures and reports. I loved teaching these classes! They were basically my training ground in becoming a seasoned naturalist.
Also included in this webpage is the coast of northern California all the way up to Redwoods National Park north of Arcata. Luckily I have my younger brother, Larry and his family, to exploit as a home base while we explore the region’s vast natural heritage. One of my favorite spots is the “Lost Coast” region south of Eureka. Using what surely started as a logging road way back when, we have explored this extremely remote and nearly wild stretch of California coast. The windy mountain road hugs the coast traveling through mixed conifer forests and coastal grasslands and providing views of the amazing coastal scenery. The road eventually turns inland and terminates in the amazing old growth redwood forest of Humboldt Redwoods State Park, where I am pretty sure several scenes of Star Wars VI were filmed.
Hiking and exploring the wilderness of Prairie Creek State Park north of Redwoods National Park is also a high point for our north coast trips. Hiking the old growth forests of the Cal-Barrel grove is a spectacular way to spend an afternoon. Usually it is easy to spot herds of Roosevelt Elk grazing in the grasslands of the park. Fern Canyon is a spectacular spot to trek to as well.
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California Scenes Image Gallery
Check out the images below that highlight some of the scenery we have experienced over the years while exploring California’s amazing northern coast!