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Elephant Seal Hike to Punta Gorda with Dr. Dawn Goley
Join Dr. Dawn Goley, Professor of Zoology at Cal Poly Humboldt, and Friends of the Lost Coast on Sunday, May 1 from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. for a hike to Punta Gorda in King Range National Conservation Area to observe the elephant seal colony and learn about marine mammals from a local expert. We will meet at 11a.m. at the Mattole Beach parking area, located at the end of Lighthouse Rd in the Petrolia area. From there we will caravan a short distance to Windy Point Rd, for the 1.8 mile steep downhill hike to Punta Gorda. A 4WD vehicle will be available to help shuttle those who need assistance. Space is limited on this hike and pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring water and a snack, dress in layers, and wear sturdy (preferably waterproof) boots. This hike is weather dependent and could be canceled in the event of rain, high creeks, or strong winds. Social distancing will be observed during the hike and participants are encouraged to wear a mask during Dr. Goley’s presentation at Punta Gorda. Email [email protected] to register or for more information, including carpool opportunities from Whitethorn.