From Oregon to Mexico, the California Coast is World-famous for its scenic beauty. In the north are miles of rugged cliffs too steep for a road which follows an inland route through forests of ancient redwoods. Farther south, Highway #1 winds in and out of deep coves and “dog-hole” ports where logs were loaded onto sailing ships by sliding them down long cables.
Halfway down the coast is Point Reyes where elephant seals raise their pups on a beach near one of the most spectacular lighthouses on the Pacific Coast. You can hike across the Golden Gate Bridge and out to Land’s End for panoramic views in every direction. Stay on the coast road, Highway #1, to Monterey and Carmel where you must hike the trails around Point Lobos to photograph forests of wind-blown cypress. Farther south is Big Sur and more trails to remote beaches and waterfalls.
To find the best locations for photography along the Southern California Coast you’ll need my Photograph America Newsletter on California’s Southern Coast #121.
Notes and images from Bob Hitchman.