Tidepooling in MacKerricher State Park. MacKerricher State Park offers a variety of habitats; beach, bluff, headland, dune, forest and wetland. Tidepools are along the shore. Seals may be seen on the rocks off the park's coastline. More than 90 species of birds visit or live near Cleone Lake, a former tidal lagoon.
Sunset Beach, CA - about 5 hr drive - The beach features pine trees, mountainous sand dunes, and ocean side picnic spots. Bordered by large agricultural fields west of the city of Watsonville, the beach is a year-round destination for thousands of visitors. The beach is 16 miles south of Santa Cruz via Highway One and San Andreas Road. The weather can be changeable; layered clothing is recommended.
Russian Gulch State Park Waterfall Trail ~ a 36-foot high waterfall. Most folks start from the trailhead at the easternmost point of the Park's small campground. The first 1.6 miles follows an old logging road beside the stream. three trails branch off. Most folks take the middle trail directly to the waterfall, about three quarters of a mile of somewhat more demanding trail to the foot of the waterfall. To the waterfall and back is 4.8 miles, with a climb (and drop) of about 240 feet.
Redwood National Park - You can travel by car to Gold Bluffs Beach to hike along a meandering stream through a hidden canyon with 30-foot walls covered by several species of ferns. Follow steps up to James Irvine Trail to a prairie that was once a small mining town above Fern Canyon.