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elephant seals' location? is it north of hearst castle?

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elephant seals' location? is it north of hearst castle?

google maps is giving me 2 locations... trying to plan my trip.

Can someone give me the exact location to see these seals? is it a state park with a paid entry, or soemthing u stop and see while driving on hwy 1?

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1. Re: elephant seals' location? is it north of hearst castle?

They are at Piedras Blancas, which is just north of San Simeon - maybe 5-6 miles. If you type "Piedras Blancas Elephant Seal Rookery" into Google Maps, it will show you the location. And they are just off the side of the road.

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2. Re: elephant seals' location? is it north of hearst castle?

Yes, it is just a small parking lot that you pull into (not a paid-admission park). The elephant seals are on the rocks below the parking lot. It is location "B" on the Google search results page, as the other is probably the association's offices, in San Simeon proper.

In Google Maps (not the Google search results page), drag the yellow man onto the highway near the marker, and you'll "see" the area. There is a sign, but for some reason I can't enlarge it enough to read. There is also a walkway where you might see people walking to view the elephant seals, which will tell you the turnoff is coming up.

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3. Re: elephant seals' location? is it north of hearst castle?

There is another elephant seal reserve on Highway 1. It is Ano Nuevo, near Pescadero, about halfway between Santa Cruz and Half Moon Bay. This one has guided walks mid-December through March. $7 per person. Parking $10 per vehicle. The rest of the year self-guided walks require permits and are issued on a first come first served daily basis.

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4. Re: elephant seals' location? is it north of hearst castle?

The rookery is 4 miles north of Hearst Castle. There's a sign indicating the turn for the parking lot. No fee.

The "Friends of the Elephant Seals" is an office in San Simeon Acres, as mentioned SFSusanW.

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5. Re: elephant seals' location? is it north of hearst castle?

thank you found it.... so AM a god time to see this on the way into SFO?

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6. Re: elephant seals' location? is it north of hearst castle?

We saw them last week-end and they were out all times of day. They loved the sun....there are actually two parking lots...one small one north of the area; one larger one just south of th area (t There is a nice walking path from both paths. Last week-end they were closest to the larger southern parking lot (but from either it is less than a few minutes walk...).

Look for the ones that get up and get into the water....its fun to watch them as they look for a large enough wave to start swimming.

Morning should be good to ....they post a sign where to find them (since we were there Labor Day week-end we knew the best location was where the crowd of people were. They are very easy to spot.

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