Parking: From Highway 1 take Ward Avenue to: N 39° 30.119 W 123° 47.212
The Pacific coast population of the western snowy plover is listed as a threatened species and is protected by the federal Endangered Species Act. Snowy plovers have lived on California beaches for thousands of years, but today human use of their remaining beach habitat seriously threatens their survival. Once numbering in the thousands, less than 1500 breeding plovers remain. They nest in only 27 sites in California, down from 53 in the 1970’s.
People and dogs are the culprits. The plovers nest directly in the beach sand so you have to watch where you walk. People can accidentally step on the nests and crush the eggs or chicks and might never know it. Dogs chase the birds and also step on nests. It is best to stay on the wet sand areas but if you go into the dry sand you should do so carefully.
Plover Information Sign on the way to the cache: N 39° 30.308 W 123° 47.165
The overlook is at the end of the paved "haul road" where winter storms have reclaimed what in recent years was a Georgia-Pacific truck road and prior to that a railroad. This is one of our most popular hiking routes. The road to the site is level and the trail to the cache is short.
The container is in what we think might be called Baccaris pilularis, AKA Dwarf Coyote Brush. Follow your gpsr until you see a circular trail around a 20’ clump of brush. You can reach the container without walking into the brush. Keep the container close to your side if you see others along the main trail. They won’t really know what you are doing so it won’t take much effort to protect the cache.
Enjoy the view from here and take a careful walk on the beach. Dogs on leashes are allowed to the cache site and beyond. There is a no-dog area to the north.
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