As we continue our occasional look at seven of Fort Bragg’s beautiful beaches tucked in along a 12-mile stretch of Northern California’s Mendocino Coast, we introduce you this time to secluded Hare Creek Beach, a favorite with local surfers and bird watchers.
Hare Creek is exceptional not only because it serves as a resting and feeding site for many migratory shorebirds — it also supports steelhead and Coho salmon, which annually spawn up the creek.
Best Picnic Spot: Settle down anywhere, but closer to the cliffs, you’ll be protected from the wind.
Getting There: The beach is located southwest of the intersection of Highway 1 and Highway 20 in Fort Bragg. Access is at the North end of the Hare Creek Bridge on the west side of Highway 1, near Highway 20.
Beach Restoration Day, April 14: On Saturday, April 14, from10am-1pm, Hare Creek Beach Stewards invite you to help restore and preserve the beach. The day’s activities include removal of invasive plants, trail improvement and trash pickup. For more information and to volunteer, contact Betty Stechmeyer at 707-964-2922, or email Louisa Morris, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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