Hiking Team: Dave Miller, Rosie Miller
Date: July 7, 2022
Just off famous Pacific Coast HWY 101 along the Pacific Ocean, we hiked 3.2 miles of the long Coastal Trail. Near the trailhead was a sandy beach with both tide pools and a rushing stream cut in the sand. I picked up a couple of small starfish in the tide pool. Sea stacks and other enormous rocks were just offshore. The trail paralleled the ocean coast just inland and the pine trees offered us some shade. The trail occasionally opened to waist high to chest high prairie grass and wildflowers giving us beautiful views of the coast looking south. Twice snakes crossed our path along with squirrels and the sounds of sea gulls. Similar to the other trails in this park, the isolation in the wooded areas just made us uneasy.