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Punta Gorda Lighthouse & Elephant Seal Hike

May 7, 2023 @ 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Punta Gorda is a favorite Lost Coast destination that offers stunning coastal scenery, an historic lighthouse, and a thriving elephant seal colony. On Sunday, May 7 join Mattole Restoration Council and Friends of the Lost Coast for an interpretive hike with BLM Archaeologist, Sharyl Kinnear-Ferris; and Dr. Dawn Goley, Professor of Zoology at Cal Poly Humboldt; for this unique outing to learn about both the history and preservation of the Punta Gorda light station and the elephant seal colony that resides nearby.

The group will meet at 10a.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, before embarking on a 1.8 mile steep downhill hike to Punta Gorda. Space is limited and pre-registration is required. Participants are encouraged to bring water and a snack, dress in layers, and wear sturdy (preferably waterproof) footwear, plus are encouraged to travel in a 4WD vehicle. This hike is weather dependent and could be canceled in the event of rain, high creeks, or strong winds. Email [email protected] to register or for more information, including carpool opportunities from Whitethorn.


May 7, 2023
10:00 am - 2:00 pm


Friends of the Lost Coast