Harbor Seal Preserve
ElevationAscent: 48' 15 m
Descent: -48' -15 m
High: 56' 17 m
Low: 8' 2 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (0°)
Max Grade: 4% (2°)
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“A coastline hike from Carpinteria State Beach to the Harbor Seal Preserve.”— John McKinney
Continue hiking further along the beach before turning inland to cross through Tar Pit Park on the dirt trails there. You'll then pass by the oil pier and parking lot, arriving once again on the coast where there is a great view point of the ocean above the Harbor Seal Preserve that sits along the beach here. December through May this section of the beach is heavily populated with seals making for great wildlife watching. From this point, you can turn around and return back to the parking area.
Thanks to John McKinney, The Trailmaster, for sharing this trail description. To learn more about trails in California, check out his guides at The Trailmaster Store.
Carpinteria gets its name from Captain Portola’s Spanish explorers who, in 1769, saw the native Chumash building a canoe and decided to name the town La Carpinteria, Spanish for carpenter shop.
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Land Manager: California State Parks - Channel Coast District