Rocky promontories, panoramic views, kelp-dotted coves, and the dramatic sounds of pounding surfing; open grasslands, wooded hills, pristine prairies, and pygmy forests–all these coastal wonders can be experienced within the Salt Point State Park.
You can enjoy a variety of picnics, hiking, horseback riding, fishing, skin and SCUBA diving and camping with 20 miles of hiking trails, over six miles of rugged coastline and an underwater park. The weather on the rugged Northern California Coast can change. Even summertime may be fresh as the shoreline is hugged by fog and ocean winds chill the air.
Where did San Francisco's streets come from? During the mid-1800s, Salt Point sandstone was used in building the roads and buildings of San Francisco. If you look closely at Gerstle Cove's rocks, you can still see eyebolts where the ships anchored while loading onboard sandstone slabs. On the marine terrace north of Gerstle Cove, quarry rocks can even be seen scattered. Look for the drill holes along the edges of the stones used to divide the big rocks into smaller slabs.
Tafoni is the word for a cavern in Italy. It is a natural phenomenon common in Gerstle Cove and Fisk Mill along the sandstone near the edge of the ocean. Look for a network of honeycomb types carved into the rocks that form pits, knobs, ribs, and ridges.
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