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Dana Point Marine Life Refuge, CA

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Difficulty 1 of 5
Distance One Way 1.5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 215 feet
Elevation Gain 100 feet
Accumulated Gain 200 feet
Kokopelli Seeds 2.17
Dogs not allowed
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Dana Point Whale Watching Trek - Feb2013
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Preferred   Jan, Feb, Dec, Mar
Sun  6:42am - 4:43pm
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Overview: The Dana Point Marine Life Refuge is an intertidal habitat filled with an amazing variety of marine life. The refuge extends from Strands Beach all the way to Dana Point Harbor.

Visitors can walk along the rocky beach, explore sea caves, study ancient earthquake faults and discover an abundant amount of sea life at the public tidepool exhibit.

The refuge is a perfect family outing, where children and can learn how to respect the ocean habitat and all the creatures that depend on it for life.

At low tide, visitors to the Dana Point Marine Life Refuge can observe sea anemones, star fish, octopus, shell fish and more. You might even be able to see dolphins farther out past the break lines.

Visitors are asked to treat the sea life gently. This means never picking up or stepping on live animals and plants. You can access the refuge by parking at the Ocean Institute and following the paved path to the beach shore.

The "upper refuge" has an interpretive center and parking for about 15 vehicles.

Exploring the Marine Life Refuge is sure to work up an appetite. Dana Point includes many great restaurants as well as boutique shopping.


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    WARNING! Hiking and outdoor related sports can be dangerous. Be responsible and prepare for the trip. Study the area you are entering and plan accordingly. Dress for the current and unexpected weather changes. Take plenty of water. Never go alone. Make an itinerary with your plan(s), route(s), destination(s) and expected return time. Give your itinerary to trusted family and/or friends.

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    From the Pacific Coast Highway (Hwy 1) in the City of Dana Point, turn onto Green Lantern Street and head towards the ocean. Green Lantern Street dead-ends at the Dana Point Marine Life Refuge interpretive center and parking lot for about 15 vehicles.

    From Dana Point Harbour, take Cove Road up the bluffs to Dana Point proper. At the 3-way stop sign, turn left onto Green Lantern Street.
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