In December

Went during December after the rain didn't allow us to stay for very long at Shi Shi Beach. Multiple look-offs and a well maintained boardwalk make this very easy and very enjoyable.

Go on the winter solstice

Visit during the winter solstice to see huge waves and scramble over the mountains of driftwood along the spit. It is terribly long, much longer than I expected. Walk to the lighthouse but make sure you don't get stranded!

As A Little Kid

The switchbacks felt endless. It was always worth it when we made it to the top. As always watch out for rattlesnacks.

Best Weekend So Far

One of my favorite weekends in Southern California was spent here

Get There Early

If it's a weekend get there Friday night and prepare to sleep in line. A little bit of a hassle and maybe a few morning hours wasted but afterwards the headache of having to find a campsite will be completely gone.

on the edge of the valley

climb up through the cave to the top and make your way along the ridge line to castle peak. the valley below looked like somewhere in Ireland after el nino