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“Soda Lake”
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Soda Lake
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Atascadero, California
Level 6 Contributor
94 reviews
24 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
“Soda Lake”
Reviewed 5 November 2013

It is a great place if you are looking for solitude. It's a trip into the remote area of California where you see very few if any people. I must say it is a little bit mystical, or at least it seemed that way the day we ventured out. If you are looking for a great day trip out from the Central Coast you should consider Soda Lake.

Visited November 2013
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Pismo Beach, California, United States
Level 5 Contributor
20 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Soda Lake”
Reviewed 29 September 2013

Remote, dirt road access...usually dry as a bone; may be wet in winter depending on the local rainfall, about 3 inches per year. Hot in summer, but no humidity. So, BRILLIANT whiteness, animals at night, birds by day, views, heat-distorted views with photo ops, tanning ops, wildflowers in spring & early summer IF there is enough rain, bicycling, camping, hunting, geologic observation [no collecting in the monument, please], hiking, horse-back riding, kangaroo rat observing, might as well visit the San Andreas fault zone just west but still within the national monument boundary; make your own music, dance, tell stories, lots to do unless you expect others to entertain you or cant' stand quiet, open places. Bring your own water, food, other beverages.

Visited March 2013
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Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
5 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Nothing to do”
Reviewed 9 July 2013

Wow I am from Florida and there is nothing here to do, only hiking in the desert and forget that unless you like to walk directly in the sun.... I love to hike but couldn't imagine spending more the 30 mins in this heat...

Visited July 2013
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Los Osos, California
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
43 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“It all depends...”
Reviewed 7 March 2013

The Soda Lake area is fascinating and can be beautiful, depending on when you go. It's at its best in springtime, especially if we've had enough rain. Don't forget to check out the dramatic example of the San Andreas fault impact on the north side.

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Morro Bay, California
Level 3 Contributor
20 reviews
8 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“For birders and botanists and anyone seeking peace”
Reviewed 27 February 2013

Have been to Soda Lake a number of times, during spring, fall and winter. Beautiful wildflower blooms if you hit it at the right time in the spring - watch the "Desert Wildflower alert" websites for California Valley to find out how the wildflowers are faring. This area is also a famous stopover for rare migratory waterfowl, some of which feast on the brine shrimp which fill Soda Lake; birders flock here in the winter. California Valley has a great many rare endemic species of plants and animals. Both stark and beautiful. Very peaceful.

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