Waves from the Pacific Ocean crash on the rocks at Shelter Cove. (Photo by Bob Wick, BLM)
Steep terrain and towering mountains, cascading and crystal-clear rivers, endless views of the Pacific Ocean, and the abundance of wildlife frame a truly unique landscape along The Lost Coast.
Visit the historic Cape Mendocino Lighthouse open seasonally to the public for guided tours. Explore the rocks, reefs and tide pools below Mal Coombs Park. See seals and sea lions, an occasional otter, and during migration seasons, catch a glimpse of migrating whales. At the north end of the community is Black Sands Beach, providing visitors the opportunity to stroll along the beach or backpack up the coast.
Watch for resident and migrating birds near the shore, including pelicans, gulls, terns, pelagic comorants, and bald eagles.
|Bring your binoculars to see harbor seals and sea lions on offshore rocks at Seal Rock Picnic Area.|
Watch as California gray whales pass within 100 yards of the shore as they migrate during the months of January and February.
Carefully explore tide pool life in Mal Coombs Park.
See how many of the nearly 300 species of native and migratory birds you can spot in the King Range National Conservation Area. Look closely and you may see a spotted owl, pileated woodpecker, and bald eagle.
Prepare for rapid weather changes by wearing layers and carrying rain gear. This area is known to be one of the wettest spots on the California coastline.
|Mountain Bike a 14-mile look on the Paradise Royale Mountain Bike Trail.|
|Hike the many trails in the King Range National Conservation Area. Allow at least three days to hike the entire Lost Coast Trail.|
|Explore two histioric lighouses located in the King Range National Conservation Area - Cape Mendocino and Punta Gorda.|
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Native Plant Workshop
Saturday, May 16, 2015, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Resort Improvement District, 9126 Shelter Cove Road, Shelter Cove, CA
A free workshop focusing on the importance of native plants and good selections for local gardens is planned 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., at the Resort Improvement District.
The free event includes talks, information displays, a plant identification walk, a Pampas grass pulling outing, activities for children and native plant sales.
The schedule of events:
10:00 a.m. Bureau of Land Management Phenology Project
10:20 a.m. Ten Great Natives for the Garden
11:15 a.m. Invasives awareness campaign launch
11:30 a.m. Invasive weed talk and Pampas Grass Pull
12:45 p.m. All about the California Native Plant society
1:00 p.m. Grasses in California
2:00 p.m. Plant Identification walk along Shelter Cove's upper nature trail
Plant sales, information tables and activities for children will be ongoing throughout the day.
Co-sponsored by the BLM, the Lost Coast Interpretive Association, North Coast Chapter of the California Native Plant Society, Shelter Cove RID, Shelter Cove Arts and Recreation Foundation and the Mattole Restoration Council. For more information email email@example.com.