Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery

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Carpinteria Harbor Seal Preserve and Rookery

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MrGaucho1987
Santa Barbara, CA867 contributions
Great Views. No Services. Don't Miss it.
Aug 2021
This location offers a safe and amazing view of the seals but they are not always there. Be warned. There is parking nearby. There are no restrooms or food near the view spot. It's not fancy at all.
Written 29 September 2021
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Martha E
1 contribution
Carpenteria Bluff trail access
Sep 2021 • Solo
This is a beautiful easy trail but, know that you CANNOT park at the end of Dump Road. It is privately held and monitored by security. You CAN park at the main intersection with Carpenteria street, park there, WALK down Dump road to the path intersection right after the railroad tracks. This access puts you in the middle of the trail.
Written 18 September 2021
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Thaila S
San Mateo, CA56 contributions
Beautiful views
Aug 2021
Unfortunately we couldn't see any harbor seals (but we saw two dolphins!) but the vista views are so beautiful and worth the visit.
Written 30 August 2021
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Debbi C
Anaheim, CA12 contributions
Harbor seals!
Mar 2021 • Family
Beautiful walk to look down spot on the rookery. Many seals, moms and pups and young ones playing in water. Easy walk to black and Tar Pits area with many bird.
Written 22 March 2021
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marierm
Los Angeles, CA109 contributions
Seals and Pups January - May, lovely hike the rest of the year but with noise from pier
May 2020
You will only see seals here when they are birthing and raising their pups between January and May. The rest of the year you will not see seals, and there will be noise from the pier, but it's a lovely hike. Extend the hike by walking through to Carpenteria State Beach.
Written 31 May 2020
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Richard D
Fennville, MI140 contributions
Interesting Stop
Mar 2020 • Friends
Four of us visited last week. It is a little tricky to find. GPS directions brought us to a private oil company facility just north, so we had to drive back south to find the public parking area for the preserve. The rookery viewpoint is not well marked, but usually you can ask someone on the trails to point you. Careful—you need to cross the railroad tracks on your own.
The viewpoint is on a bluff well above the beach, so binoculars are helpful. The friendly volunteers who are there during certain hours informed us that around 50 seal pups had been born within the last few weeks. We could see many of them clearly, and it was fun to see them follow their mothers around and for some of them to swim. There aren’t any educational displays, so might want to read up in advance.
Written 8 March 2020
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Orleansfoodie96
Ottawa, Canada33 contributions
Nature in real life
Feb 2020
Seeing these harbour seals in real life, even from the top of the cliff, was surreal, we see so much on the nature channels and in magazines but the real thing moved us. We wish we had brought binoculars. The volunteer who does observations and seal counts was knowledgeable and let others use her binoculars.

One caveat, it’s a guessing game to find the right path to the seals.
Written 19 February 2020
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SueSuitecase
Salt Lake City, UT110 contributions
A lovely walk at the edge of the beach cliff
Jan 2020
It's a bit of a walk to get to the point that you can view the seals from the cliff edge. On the day we visited (Jan 23, 2020), only about 50 seals were laying on the beach. They do not move much, and from the only viewpoint which is overhead from the cliff's edge, you cannot see very much detail, but it is exciting to see wildlife in its natural habitat, and the walk is very beautiful! Keep walking north and the trail will lead down to the beach beyond the seal area, and you will come upon Tar PItt Beach. It is really cool to see black tar oozing up from the earth! We took flip flops we could toss but didn't get any tar on our feet after all.
Written 26 January 2020
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Zangi
Santa Barbara, CA44 contributions
This preserve is so enjoyable just to be out in nature and see the seals habitat as they hang out!
Nov 2019
This preserve is so enjoyable just to be out in nature and see the seals habitat as they hang out! You can get off at Bailard and it will show you the preserve- prepare to walk some but it is so worth it. Or if you are camping at Carpinteria you can take a path down to the preserve. It is such a nice day to be out and to see the wildlife hanging out.
Written 31 December 2019
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1Wisetraveller
Austin, TX207 contributions
Construction dispute?
Nov 2019
The entrance to the beach has been moved and we saw no seals. We enjoyed the hike, but if you are looking for harbor seals, this is a disappointing waste of time.
Written 16 December 2019
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