|Point Lobos State Reserve|
Named for the “sea wolves,” or sea lions that haul out the offshore rocks, this rugged point features meadows, forested headlands, sheltered coves, rocky tidepools, and beaches. The Cypress grove Trail passes mounded dusky woodrat houses as it weaves through a world-famous Monterey cypress grove.
Mount Tamalpais State Park
|Description: Wildlife abounds here, where coastal terraces and deep canyons lined with redwoods and ferns give way to the firs, oak-studded grasslands, and chaparral flanking 2, 571-foot Mount Tamalpais.|
Wildlife to Watch: More than 150 bird species, many residents. Birds of prey, deer, and small mammals are seen year-round. Look for songbirds in spring. Spot gray whales at Steep Ravine.
More than 200 miles of trails crisscross this near-urban wilderness and adjacent public lands, where ravens, Steller’s jays, acorn woodpeckers, western bluebirds, California quail, and bats are abundant. Grassy woodlands offer views of black-tailed deer, gray foxes, and an occasional bobcat. Rodents attract sharp-shinned hawks, red-tailed hawks, and turkey vultures by day. Owls, raccoons, and mountain lions are active at night.
Special Tips: WINDING, HEAVILY TRAVELED ROADS.
Ownership: California Department of Fish & Game
Size: 6,300 acres
Closest Town: Mill Valley
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