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Wed, Apr 27


Cambria Pines Lodge

Tri Nite Intermediate - Elephant Seal Vista Trail

See Hundreds of Elephant Seals just north of San Simeon

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Tri Nite Intermediate - Elephant Seal Vista Trail
Tri Nite Intermediate - Elephant Seal Vista Trail

Time & Location

Apr 27, 2022, 9:00 AM

Cambria Pines Lodge, 2905 Burton Dr, Cambria, CA 93428, USA


About the event

The hike starts at the elephant Seal Vista Point on Highway 1, a 17 minute drive north of the Cambria Pines Lodge.

April is the peak season to see hundreds of elephant seals lounging and playing on the beach.  This trail travels along the bluff to the Piedras Blancas lighthouse and back with spectacular ocean views.

The Piedras Blancas Light Station is a historic landmark on California's central coast. Located on a rugged, windswept point of land six miles north of Hearst Castle along California's scenic Highway 1, the Lighthouse was first illuminated in 1875, and today beckons the visitor for respite from the modern world. The Light Station is named for the distinctive white rocks that loom just offshore. These rocks and the rugged shoreline are home to seabirds, sea lions, and elephant seals. Over 70 native plant species can be found on the 19 acres surrounding the Light Station.  Over the years, earthquakes have caused damage to the lighthouse. An earthquake on the last day of 1948 resulted in the upper part of the lighthouse being declared structurally unsound. In 1949, the upper three levels (fourth landing, watch room, and lantern) were removed.  5.2 miles with 265 feet elevation.  Bring a snack or lunch as we will picnic at the William Randolf Hearst Memorial Beach following the hike.  

Hike Leaders Gary and Bonnie Andersen  360-778-9604

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