After hiking from Whaleshead Beach to Indian Sands the previous day, we were looking forward to hiking another section of the OCT in the Samuel Boardman State Park area. The plan was to hike from the Lone Ranch Beach Day Use area up to the Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint and then on to the House Rock Viewpoint and then return. The key word being "plan".
We drove north on Highway 101 from Harris Beach State Park and within minutes turned off and drove down to the Lone Ranch Beach Day Use area. Much like the facilities at Whaleshead the previous day, there are picnic tables with an ocean view, a long beach area, and restrooms. The road to this day use area is even paved!
|Samuel Boardman State Park Monument|
|View as we start up the bluffs.|
|View of the lower bluffs with all the grasses.|
|View of Lone Ranch Beach and the Cape from the highest point of our hike. Can you see the faint trail in the grass?|
|View from the cove at the end of our beach hike.|
Once back to our car, we decided to drive up the the Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint and try to hike the 1 mile loop out and around the bluffs. That worked fine until we left the safe confines of the tree/shrub sheltered part of the trail and ventured onto the open bluffs high above the ocean. When Carol saw Glenn and Katie get blown off the trail, that was warning enough. The 6 o'clock news thought came back into our minds and we decided to not hike the entire loop trail, but instead just hike to a few viewpoints of the bluffs and ocean.
|Part of the loop trail at the Cape Ferrelo Viewpoint with OCT marker in the distance.|
Glenn & Carol