Whales and Elephant Seals (Beg 5 miles)

 

Title: Whales and Elephant Seals (Beg 5 miles)

Type: Whale Watching and Elephants seals

Cool Features: Water Fall, rivers, and of course YOU!

Description:

It's peak season for grey whale migration and it's also elephant seal mating season up at Point Reyes. Both can be viewed from the southwest tip of the park near the lighthouse and Chimney Rock. Let's make a day of it!

We will carpool to Drake's Beach parking lot around 11:00am and plan to be at the lighthouse around 12:pm for a picnic lunch. Then we can head over to see the elephant seals after lunch. Depending on whether we saw whales or not, we can either head back to the lighthouse for more whale watching or perhaps look for a nice beach or short hike before heading home.

http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/wildlife_viewing_whales.htm

http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/wildlife_viewing_elephantseals.htm

Best time to visit: All Year

Elevation Gain/Loss: Climb to <300 feet and back over 5 miles

Altitude at Trailhead: 50'

Terrain: Service Roads and Hiking Trails

Distance: 5 Miles

Difficulty Rating: Beginner  "Rating Chart"

Fitness Level: Small climbs and rolling hills.

Expected Duration: about 2.5 hours for the hike

Special Skills Necessary: Patience and practice.


Departure Trailhead: 11:00am at the trailhead (see directions below)

Type of travel: Carpool, meet at trailhead

Things to bring: Willingness to hike together as a group no matter what the speed of the slowest hiker. Willingness to stay between the sweeper and the leader.

Plus: 2 liters of Water, Lunch & Snacks, binoculars or some type of vision aid, Sunscreen, Bug Repellent, Jacket, Appropriate footwear for safe travel on the surfaces of the hike.

Membership Required: All adult participants must be Sacramento Trail Mix members. Minors are welcome when accompanied by their parent or guardian club member. Save time for yourself and others by completing your membership form online.

Event Fee: $0

Host donation: $5

Carpool Fee: $0

Fees: Bus Ride $5 to beach from Drakes Beach

Permits: N/A

Dogs: No dogs please.

Directions to Trailhead:

Driving directions to Drake's Beach from your location.

Restrooms available: toilet available at trailhead

Event Guide Contact Info: Host - Gary

 



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  • A former member
    A former member

    We didnt connect with the group, missed u some how but still had a blast and saw everything there was to see. Thanks wouldn't have gone if not for the meet up so it all worked out in the end.

    March 25, 2013

  • barbara j.

    It was my first Meetup. I cant wait for the next one. Thanks to all great time

    March 24, 2013

  • Liz E.

    Super stoked for this one!

    1 · March 4, 2013

  • Gary C.

    I'm in San Jose area (Saratoga). Would love to carpool to this. Would prefer riding and paying for gas/mileage.

    February 23, 2013

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