Fiscalini Ranch Preserve

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After being told many times by a few different people to venture to the Fiscalini Ranch Preserve, we finally decided to find it and give it a try. We picked a gorgeous day to head over to the coast, traveling North on Highway 1 from Highway 41 West, finding Cambria sunny and mild. Finding Fiscalini Ranch isn't difficult but you do drive through neighborhoods and a housing development which throws you off a bit because it's hard to believe this beautiful spot is found at the end of house after expensive house.

The road comes to a dead-end which also serves as the parking lot and starting point for the 12 walking/hiking trails of Fiscalini Ranch. We chose to do the boardwalk trail that snakes along the bluff overlooking the sea. Quite a bit of it is boardwalk, but eventually it's a dirt path with the occasional bench, all individual works of art fashioned out of weathered drift wood.
one of the many drift wood benches
Desire paths- thin lines cut out of the vegetation by repeated foot traffic- branch off of the main trail every now and again. We followed one of these paths to the cliff edge and made our way down to some tide pools situated below. It wasn't a steep descent but you did need good sturdy shoes as the path was uneven.

I was hoping to find starfish in the tide pools but none were to be found. Instead we found small crab-like creatures with swirling shells for bodies. I was able to get some pretty good close up pictures of these creatures, which someone may know the real name of, (which if you do, I'd be delighted to know what I was looking at). After exploring the rocks and pools we decided to head back up to the main trail. This part of the trail is 1 mile ending at another parking area, we decided to cut across a field and pick up the trail going back the opposite direction towards our car, instead of following the bluff trail back.

The second trail that we took was more like a dirt road that runs parallel to the bluff walk eventually ending at the parking area where we started. This was a wonderful sunny day and an easy, gentle walk which left us feeling good but not winded. A great trail for an after dinner stroll, or an excuse for getting out and getting some fresh air!

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one of the many drift wood benches
one of the many drift wood benches
Walking off the main trail
Walking off the main trail
walking down to the tide pools
walking down to the tide pools
on our way down to the tide pools
on our way down to the tide pools
down at the tide pools
down at the tide pools
the crab-like spiral shelled creat…
the crab-like spiral shelled crea…
sea weed in the tide pools
sea weed in the tide pools
tide pools
tide pools
view of the sea from the tide pools
view of the sea from the tide pools
down at the tide pools
down at the tide pools
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