Plants, Stone, California Landscapes


Salt Point State Park

I took a couple of days this week to go climbing and hiking at Salt Point State Park up the coast between Jenner and Sea Ranch. I’d never been before, it’s a little far for a day trip, but now the impending closure of so many state parks has got me motivated to check out some of the parks I’ve always meant to visit. Salt Point isn’t one of the ones that will be closing, but that’s partly because they have already cut back many of the services. The closures didn’t really affect my visit, I had a great time, but it was a reminder of how things are trending. But in any case, I wasn’t dwelling on that during my trip, mostly I was just enjoying the park. Classic Northern California coastline, lots of wildflowers in bloom, and I was lucky to enjoy perfect weather. I’m not sure photos can show how exceptionally pleasant it was.

Salt Point was a quarry in the 1850’s. Sandstone slabs were split and shipped down to San Francisco to use as paving and wall stone; you can still see drilling scars on some of the rocks.

It’s great to see a former quarry site looking so beautiful.

4 Responses to “Salt Point State Park”

  1. June 11th, 2011 at 7:14 pm

    Randy says:

    This is beautiful! I have visited island quarrys in Maine so lovely all grown over.

  2. June 12th, 2011 at 8:00 pm

    Town Mouse says:

    That’s quite stunning! Yeah, frustrating about some of the closures…

  3. June 14th, 2011 at 6:30 am

    Byddi Lee says:

    What a great post. And a wonderful way to remind us all to get out and enjoy our open spaces while we still have them. Beautiful photos too.

  4. December 31st, 2011 at 7:05 pm

    DryStoneGarden » Blog Archive » 2011 Miscellany says:

    […] took a number of weekend and day trips to the north bay. Salt Point was new to me and as a result probably my favorite, but even Turtle Rock (aka Ring Mountain and […]

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