Año Nuevo State Reserve and Coastal Access- San Mateo Beaches and Coastal Trail

Big Basin, California

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Best known for its northern elephant seal rookery, this interesting unit of the state park system has extremely varied natural features as well as human history that will fascinate all visitors. The State of California purchased Año Nuevo Island and a strip of adjacent mainland in l958 to create the reserve, which now has been expanded to include over 4000 acres of coastal mountains, bluffs, dunes, and beaches. The section of the reserve where the elephant seals breed is restricted to public access by guided tours (from December 1 to March 31)or by permit (from April 1 to November 30).Park rangers and docents are in the reserve to assist visitors in the restricted area. No access is allowed to Año Nuevo Island. This trail guide includes the following trails: Five Walks to Ano Nuevo Beaches, Whitehouse Ridge Trail.
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by Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, Frances Spangle, & Sue LaTourrette (Wilderness Press)

Best known for its northern elephant seal rookery, this interesting unit of the state park system has extremely varied natural features as well as human history that will fascinate all visitors. The State of California purchased Año Nuevo Island and a strip of adjacent mainland in l958 to create the reserve, which now has been expanded to include over 4000 acres of coastal mountains, bluffs, dunes, and beaches. The section of the reserve where the elephant seals breed is restricted to public access by guided tours (from December 1 to March 31)or by permit (from April 1 to November 30).Park rangers and docents are in the reserve to assist visitors in the restricted area. No access is allowed to Año Nuevo Island. This trail guide includes the following trails: Five Walks to Ano Nuevo Beaches, Whitehouse Ridge Trail.

©  Jean Rusmore, Betsy Crowder, Frances Spangle, & Sue LaTourrette/Wilderness Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Big Basin
Trail Type: Several options
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: State of California Parks and Recreation
Local Maps: USGS Franklin Point; USGS Año Nuevo
Topo Map: Año Nuevo State Reserve and Coastal Access- San Mateo Beaches and Coastal Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Peninsula Trail: Hiking & Biking Trails on the San Francisco Peninsula Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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