California Coastal National Monument ~ Viewpoint ~ Point Arena Rocks & Islet
Photo © Rick Hanks, CCNM
This is a great opportunity to observe California Coastal National Monument rocks, exposed reefs, and a large islet by viewing from the road to the Point Arena Lighthouse Station or taking a short hike along the low coastal bluffs of the Bureau of Land Management's Stornetta Public Lands .
The viewpoint is located on the Stornetta Public Lands 2 miles north of the City of Point Arena on Highway 1, about 1 mile west on Lighthouse Road from Rollerville Junction.
The pullout is at the bend in Lighthouse Road, from which one can see the seven-acre Sea Lion Rock (islet) and a number of smaller rocks to the south. To the north is an exposed reef created from the steeply dipping beds of the Monterey Formation of the Pacific Plate on the west side of the San Andreas Fault. A colony of Harbor Seals can usually be seen hauled out on the reef.
The fee-entry Point Arena Lighthouse and Light Station, operated by the Point Arena Lighthouse Keepers Inc., is at the end of Lighthouse Road and provides additional views of California Coastal National Monument rocks and the exposed reef. The lighthouse's museum has a small California Coastal National Monument kiosk and the top of the lighthouse provides an exceptional view of the coastline.