Elephant seals at Ano Nuevo State Park

Wow, we filled up fast. I event closed the waiting list because it got so long.

This hike has been quite popular, so I have reserved two blocks of twenty tickets: 20 for the 12:45 tour and 20 at 1:00. Be sure to show up 15 minutes before your hike is scheduled (that is the time I have listed the hike as starting).

The second group I am designating as "kid friendly" version, so if you are bringing a kid(s) try to sign up for that one; this should help the docent for that hike to target answers to kids (although if the hike you wish to join fills up, feel free to sign up for the other hike).

This hike you are seeing now is not the kid friendly hike (click here for  the kid friendly one).

We'll be in separate groups, and the State Park docents seem to enjoy our groups, we tend to have lots of good questions and we don't mind if we go a bit slower to look longer (although they can't run too far behind, since there is a group leaving every 15 minutes).

Park website: http://www.parks.ca.gov/?page_id=523

Mother seals should be ashore, and we will likely see some pups (see description below).

Ano Nuevo is on the coast, about halfway between Half Moon Bay and Santa Cruz.

Cost: $10

I booked and paid for all 20 tickets for the both tours, so it will be just our group. Cost of hike includes tour ticket.

For this hike, you must pay in order to RSVP. I'll have the tickets, so you don't need to go online and reserve them. Since I paid in advance, there are no refunds if you don't make it. If we get a waiting list and you can't make it, ask the next person on the list if you want to arrange to get a refund from them. Please don't RSVP unless you know you are going to make it.

Map:

Here is a Google map showing the exit from Highway 1, and our meeting location.

Lunch:

If you want to join others for lunch, show up around 11:45/12:00 and we can have a picnic before the hikes (depending on the weather). Meet in the picnic area in front of the main office/barn.

After the hike, those who desire can walk down to the great beach between the "docent only" section and the parking lot.

Waiting list:

If you want to go, feel free to join the waiting list, but there are only 20 tickets so you will only be able to go if someone backs out. If you signed up and need to back out, please click on someone on the waiting list and see if they are willing to buy your tickets (you can use Paypal or some other means to get money to each other).

GPS locations:

  • Exit from Highway 1: 37.12471, -122.30831
  • Parking lot: 37.119821, -122.307214

Description from the Ano Nuevo website:

Walks last about 2.5 hours, and consist of a moderately strenuous 3 mile hike over sand and sloping terrain [Lee: I wouldn't call it 'strenuous,' but they are probably trying to over-rate it so folks don't say "but you said it was easy."]

Be prepared for windy, rainy conditions, as well as muddy trails. Layered clothing, sturdy shoes, and hooded rain gear are recommended. Bring bottled water for drinking as there is none available during the walk.

Children 3 and under are free, and do not need a ticket.

Breeding Season: December 15 – March 31

Northern elephant seals come ashore to give birth and mate from early December through March. Bull seals engage in battles for breeding access to the females from early December through January. Pregnant females come ashore to pup from late December to early February, and mothers nurse their pups for about a month before mating and returning to the sea. By early March, most of the adults have returned to the sea. Pups remain behind through March basking in the sun and learning to swim. 

The reserve offers naturalist-guided walks between December 15 and March 31, which feature the seals in their natural habitat. To view the seals during this season, you must be on a guided walk. These popular three-mile walks over rolling sand dunes last about two and a half hours and are considered moderately strenuous. They operate daily from early morning. See Related Links for: Public Seal Walks and School Group Walks.

 

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  • Cyndi

    Great day! A stop in at the San Gregorio General Store for some live music, beverage and fig bar, yummm... nice way to finish off the trip!

    February 25, 2013

  • Karl

    Thank you, Lee, that was really smart of you to schedule the hike on such a beautiful day!

    February 23, 2013

    • Lee T.

      Oh, Katie is in charge of scheduling the weather :-)

      February 24, 2013

  • JoAnne T

    Great time!

    February 24, 2013

  • JoAnne T

    Loved seeing the elephant seals! Thank you Lee for organizing!

    February 23, 2013

  • Drew

    Great day - docent was well informed, and Lee was well organized as leader. Of course, the elephant seals were fascinating.

    February 23, 2013

  • Raj

    Wow !!!!

    February 23, 2013

  • Raj

    Can someone give Lee's number ? Or swap 3 of us with 12.45 group ,if possible ..we r at Half moon bay right now..[masked]

    February 23, 2013

  • Raj

    3 of us are running little late ...don't auction our tickets ;)

    February 23, 2013

  • Barbara Chan CPCC CMC

    Hi Folks I am still hoping some fellow environmentalists want to carpool from the Berkeley -- East Bay Area. I really don't want to pollute our lovely air by driving 1 person 1 car:) If you're into carpooling, please message me, thank you!

    1 · February 11, 2013

    • Madelene Todel

      I would love to carpool from Berkeley. [masked] thanks, madelene

      February 21, 2013

    • Barbara Chan CPCC CMC

      It takes 1-1/2 hours from Berkeley. Madelene and I are meeting at Ashby BART station in Berkeley at 10 AM so we can join Lee. If someone is coming from the East side of the Berkeley-Oakland Hills and wants 2 riders for the picnic, we are your people :) Call Madeline [masked] or me [masked] by 9 AM to arrange

      February 22, 2013

  • Rita

    Lee, there appear to be 37 people signed up. Does this mean I still need to try to sell my tickets. I'm confused. Sorry I did not read this carefully. I am on my way out for the eve at 5, but I guess I may have to miss the dinner party. Hopefully you will contact me soon. Rita

    February 22, 2013

  • Lee T.

    Connie and Freddie: Sorry, but the couple spots filled up very quickly. No spots lelft at this time.

    February 22, 2013

  • Connie Kersten

    I signed up for the picnic, but I really wanted to sign Michael up for the hike!! Is therre a spot left?? Confused like Freddie...Connie

    February 22, 2013

  • Freddie McKenna

    Am confused. IS there room again on the adult version of this hike, Lee? Got your email but here it says closed.

    February 22, 2013

  • Drew

    Hey Lee - hope the wait list clears, otherwise, I will not do the lunch before...Thanks, Drew

    February 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Inadvertently indicated three of us when it is only one adult, one child...sorry for the inconvenience but what shall I do at this point? Any takers? I can catch up with whomever of you wants to pick up the third spot I mistakenly took. You can simply can take care of the math when we get there. Let me know who you are. Organizer Lee? Is this what you prefer??? Apologies for my error. :(

    February 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    One adult, one 7 y/o - strongly prefer second hike....please. :)

    February 20, 2013

  • Meg J

    Sorry I really wanted to go, but "life" happened
    Thank you anyway

    February 20, 2013

  • Rita

    I have chronic back problems which have flared up, I can't manage the drive down, My friends won't be going without me.

    February 20, 2013

  • Freddie McKenna

    I would like to get on the waiting list if it reopens. Must've been asleep when you posted this!

    February 18, 2013

  • Sandra

    Hi, Is there a reason why RSVPs are closed when it says there are 4 spots remaining? Thanks!

    February 17, 2013

    • Lee T.

      Sandra, I'm trying to contact the people who are on the waiting list in the order they signed up. With the "Payment required" option, it's a bit more complicated getting people from the Wait List to the Yes (and paid) list.

      February 18, 2013

  • Angela

    I just found this group and am wondering if there's any possibility of having this meetup a second time! I'd love to join in!

    February 11, 2013

    • Lee T.

      Hi Angela, welcome to the group. I try to do this hike a couple times a year, maybe we'll do it again in the 'off season' (one of the docents we had once said there is always something to see).

      February 12, 2013

  • Barbara Chan CPCC CMC

    Thanks Raj and Cyndi--Glad to see that there are other environmentally conscious adventurers:)

    1 · February 12, 2013

  • Cyndi

    Yes, looking to carpool with folks from Marin or SF?? Anyone want to join together?

    February 12, 2013

  • JoAnn Frey

    See message to Lee T. ex-plaining the problem I had with trying to notify you and find a replacement from wait list.Thank you

    February 9, 2013

  • Barbara Chan CPCC CMC

    I'm looking forward to this outing! I messaged 2 Berkeley folks, then realized I could post to the group. In the interest of reducing pollution, I'd like to carpool from the Berkeley area. Are any of you in El Cerrito, Albany, Kensington or Berkeley interested? My preference is for someone else to drive so I can knit on the way :) and l will chip in for gas. Or if no one else has a car, I can drive my Subaru Outback. Any takers?

    January 25, 2013

  • Cyndi

    Lee, I just noticed ur not going on this trip....????who will b our fearless & faithful leader???

    January 20, 2013

    • Cyndi

      OK Raj! ... your the man!

      1 · January 22, 2013

    • Raj

      Btw I meant "I will" as in reaching early to get geography tidbits from Lee but yah I can be fearless n faithful leader too ;))

      January 23, 2013

  • Pippi Longstocking

    I really want to go !
    Can you schedule another, or is there some other way for me to do this ?

    January 20, 2013

  • Pippi Longstocking

    Can you schedule a repeat of this event for those of us that did not make the list ?
    I really want to go !

    January 6, 2013

  • Lee T.

    If the kid trip doesn't fill up (I'm guessing it will), I'll offer spaces from people on this waiting list to that trip.

    January 2, 2013

  • JoAnn Frey

    Waiting to see if I get on the list!

    January 2, 2013

  • Raj

    can ride or drive from East Bay..will chip in for gas/parking etc.

    January 2, 2013

  • Barbara Chan CPCC CMC

    Would anyone like to carpool from El Cerrito, Albany, Berkeley? If so, message me or call [masked].

    January 2, 2013

  • Cyndi

    carpool from Marin anyone?? or SF??

    January 2, 2013

  • Rita

    I am just checking this RSVP I received confirmation for my 2 guests, but not myself?

    January 2, 2013

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