Waddel Creek Beach Across from Big Basin Coastal Entrance to Greyhound Rock and Back
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Hope you can join us for a day of exploring the rocky intertidal coast. We’ll gather at Waddel Creek Beach joining naturalist Kim Powell of Blue Water Ventures as we explore the tidepools. Posiitioned close to Ano Nuevo increases our chance of seeing elephant seals, migrating gray whales or other marine mammals. Wetsuits are recommended but optional as we explore nooks and crannies along the coast. While your feet and and hips may be briefly submerged, most of the hike is over wet sand and rocks.
As we explore shallow tidepools, you may dip your head underwater using a mask and snorkel and take a look around!
Welcome to our Coastal Exploration and Tidepooling Hike~Waddel Creek Beach
Now more than ever, we are so eager to get people out in nature. Over these last few months, the natural world has been an extremely healing force in my life. I look forward to sharing this special part of our central coast in a fun and informative manner. We have developed a COVID-19 protocol for our kayaking trips and much of it applies to our day hikes as well:
Our day will involve exploring the dynamic rocky shore and sandy beach habitat at Waddel Creek with a naturalist. The Central California Coast contains some of the most diverse intertidal areas in the world! We will help you understand the intricate adaptations of tidepool inhabitants such as sea anemones, sea stars, kelp crabs and cling fish. A minus tide allows us to explore some areas that are only accessible during low tides. We refer to this experience as Extreme Tidepooling as we offer opportunities to see nooks and crannies and sea creatures that require getting wet.
TIMING AND DIRECTIONS
We will meet at tba at Waddell Creek Beach, 3600 Highyway One, Davenport CA. There is a large dirt parking lot on the ocean side directly across from The Big Basin State Park Coastal Entrance. Waddell Creek Beach is 7.5 miles north of the town of Davenport and less than 3 miles south of Ano Nuevo State Reserve. As they say: “the tide waits for no one”, so please do not be late.
Wetsuits are not mandatory but we encourage you to use one to fully participate in our program as you ” follow the leader ” no charge for youth wetsuits while supplies last.
That covers the logistics for Tidepooling and Coastal Exploration Hike~Waddell Creek Beach. A full refund will be given if the trip is cancelled due to inclement weather (unsafe sea conditions; not light rain or fog).
We are looking forward to our adventure together!