If you need one more reason to get out on New Year’s Day, then consider this: the Gray Whale Migration is on with whale spouts everywhere off cliffs here in Fort Bragg. For Whale Watching and exercise, try MacKerricher State Park. For a beautiful forest walk to a waterfall, try Russian Gulch.
The Mendocino Area Parks Association (MAPA) invites you to start 2014 on the right foot with one of their First Day Hikes, Wednesday January 1st.
MacKerricher State Park, 11am – 1pm
Meet at the Visitor Center/Whale Skeleton, 11 a.m. Check out the whale skeletons and learn about the annual gray whale migration. Then drive less than a mile to the Laguna Point parking lot. Easy 1/3-mile walk to ocean overlook to search for gray whales. Program is wheelchair accessible. Bring binoculars. Moderate or heavy rain, or high winds will cancel this program. (707) 961-0471 for more information.
Russian Gulch State Park, noon-3 pm
Meet at the Park’s Recreation Hall for a moderate to strenuous hike to waterfall along Fern Canyon Trail. Naturalist Dave Jensen will point out interesting birds and plants along the way. Bring binoculars, hat, water and snacks. Wear layered clothing. Moderate or heavy rain, or high winds will cancel this program. Recommended for adults and children age 10 and up. (707) 961-0471 for more information.
Best Whale Watching Spots: Point Cabrillo Lighthouse and Laguna Point, MacKerricher State Park.