Monday, June 18, 2018

Carpinteria Bluff Nature Preserve

The 110 acre Carpinteria Salt Marsh Preserve is broken into two parts. This larger section is on a bluff overlooking the ocean close to the seal rookery. There are many paths to explore. One possible path leads across the train tracks and to an area that overlooks the ocean. The beach is closed December through May, but you can view the seals from above all year round. When you enter the seal preserve, you will need to choose trails to the right to get to the seal rookery, then cross the rail road tracks at a gap in the fence. You do walk along the tracks (to the right) for a bit to get to the seal viewing.

Disclaimer: Only you know the conditions when you are there. Cross safely and walk cautiously. If walking near the tracks concerns you, skip this one.

Directions: Take the 101S to the Highway 150 exit (84). Turn right onto Rincon Road and head into the preserve parking lot.

Trail Rating: Easy
Distance: 1.2 roundtrip to the seal rookery and back
Time: 45 minutes
Nearby attractions: Carpinteria State Beach, Tomol Interpretive Play Area and Carpinteria Marsh Preserve
More information:

Miles of walking paths

Railroad Cross to see the seals

Seal Viewing

Hundreds of Seals

Cross at a gap in the railing 

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