Why Go: The possibilities for outdoor fun and adventure are endless.
The Buzz: Adjacent to the Caspar Beach Tent / RV Park (with market, ocean kayak and surf board rentals, and fishing gear for sale), you’ll rarely find yourself alone. No matter, there are many reasons to come: surfers struggling to catch the perfect wave (even though they are usually small), the opportunity to build a fire on the beach, surf fish, fly a kite, or launch an inflatable for abalone diving off nearby rocks.
What To Do: Build a fire on the beach, surf fish, kayak, surf, bring your binoculars and spot some beautiful birds. Opposite the beach is the Mendocino Land Trust’s new (2011) Caspar Uplands Trail. The trail leads up a steep, but short grade into the shelter of big trees, skirts around the edge of the Caspar Beach Campground on the high cliffs above, then ends in a grove of Sitka Spruce. What’s remarkable about the spruce here is how healthy they are despite being on the very edge of the southern range of the Great Alaskan Spruce Forest. The trail ends on Point Cabrillo Drive about one quarter-mile north of the Point Cabrillo Light Station State Historic Park.
The Caspar Uplands trail is only 1.1 miles long, but if you complete the loop (walk from the trail’s end back down to Caspar Beach), the distance is 2.2 miles. Add a trip to the lighthouse and back and you will have covered about 3.7 miles.
Local Lore: The adjacent Caspar Creek is often filled with egrets, Western Gulls and sandpipers. During abalone diving season and on holidays, you can expect this pretty little beach to be jam-packed. Still, it has a certain character that makes all the buzz of activity an attractive hangout.
Best Picnic Spot: Just after climbing the Caspar Uplands Trail to the top of the switchback (a 100 yards or so) is a redwood bench with a view of the beach below.
Getting There: From Highway 1, exit on Point Cabrillo Drive (6 miles south of Fort Bragg) and drive ¾ of a mile to the beach.