April 4, 2012

Nacimiento Road, southern Big Sur


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Ponderosa Campground on the Nacimiento River

Ponderosa Camp is a pleasant opening in the dense forest and chaparral along the Nacimiento Road.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 1
state: california-central
region: california-el-camino-real
locality: upper-nacimiento-river-california

coordinates: 35.99828984641690 N -121.3835089895980 W
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Nacimiento-Fergusson Road on the Nacimiento River

East of Nacimiento Summit this road runs through steep chaparral-covered mountains until it reaches the valley near Mission San Antonio.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 2
state: california-central
region: california-el-camino-real
locality: upper-nacimiento-river-california

coordinates: 36.01382818665040 N -121.4368732465180 W
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Nacimiento Road just west of Nacimiento Gap

Near Nacimiento Gap at 2780 feet on the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road. This is seven road miles, but only two miles in a straight line, from Highway One near sea level.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 3
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: nacimiento-road-big-sur-california

coordinates: 36.01042773862650 N -121.454563977811 W
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Burned Area near Nacimiento Gap

A recently burned area near Nacimiento Gap - massive fires are a natural part of the environment here.

Los Padres National Forest, California

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accession number: 2012-04-04 4
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
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coordinates: 35.99741872616570 N -121.4578180443840 W
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Nacimiento Road high in Mill Creek Canyon

The Nacimiento Road follows an ancient Indian route along the slopes of the canyon, staying above the dense vegetation along the stream. It is the only road to cross the Santa Lucia Range between Carmel and Cayucos.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 5
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: nacimiento-road-big-sur-california

coordinates: 35.99623144370460 N -121.4599007113710 W
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Slump terraces in Mill Creek Canyon

Huge landlsides have created slump terraces visible below the Nacimiento Road in Mill Creek Canyon.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 6
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: nacimiento-road-big-sur-california

coordinates: 35.99646425474420 N -121.460062441177 W
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Steep drop-off from the Nacimiento Road

Steep drop-offs of as much as a thousand feet from the Nacimiento Road in Mill Creek Canyon are almost continuous, and there are no guard-rails.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 7
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: nacimiento-road-big-sur-california

coordinates: 35.99824769464880 N -121.4726488593430 W
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Redwoods on the Nacimiento Road

Some of the highest elevation redwood groves occur in tight canyons near Nacimiento Summit.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 8
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: nacimiento-road-big-sur-california

coordinates: 36.00194601203500 N -121.4719315056980 W
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Spring-fed streams on the Nacimiento Road

Bodies of limestone feed year-round springs and streams in the canyons of the Santa Lucia Range.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 9
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: nacimiento-road-big-sur-california

Coordinates: 36.00280069213130 N -121.4713833630350 W
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Big Sur coast from the Nacimiento Road

This stretch of the Nacimiento Road is already 1200 feet above sea level.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
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Coordinates: 35.9927310406168 N -121.4872893924500 W
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Above Kirk Creek Campground on the Nacimiento Road

Kirk Creek Campground is almost opposite the start of the Nacimiento-Fergusson Road.

Los Padres National Forest, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 11
state: california-central
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coordinates: 35.98694928128830 N -121.4907454622940 W
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Redwoods in Limekiln Canyon

Lush second-growth redwoods, ferns, and oxalis in Limekiln Canyon.

Limekiln State Park, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 12
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: limekiln-creek-state-park-california

coordinates: 36.01277342758250 N -121.5167553331130 W
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Steel lime kilns in Limekiln Canyon

These steel kilns were used to treat limestone beginning in 1887. The resulting quicklime, used in mortar, was exported in wooden barrels.

Limekiln State Park, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 13
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: limekiln-creek-state-park-california

coordinates: 36.01445773559900 N -121.5187439602220 W
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Beach at Limekiln Creek

The small beach at Limekiln Creek, spared highway noise by the high bridge.

Limekiln State Park, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 14
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: limekiln-creek-state-park-california

coordinates: 36.00854546320350 N -121.519610905939 W
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Riparian thicket at Limekiln Creek

A dense thicket of riparian vegatation flanks Limekiln Creek from the redwood forest to the beach.

Limekiln State Park, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 15
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: limekiln-creek-state-park-california

coordinates: 36.00891339340900 N -121.5189056942820 W
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Mansfield Rock on the Big Sur Coast

Mansfield Rock is at the north end of the broad coastal terrace known as Pacific Valley.

near Pacific Valley on the Big Sur coast, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 16
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: sand-dollar-beach-california

coordinates: 35.94982789810680 N -121.4821360805390 W
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Beach under the bridge at Willow Creek

The bouldery beach at Willow Creek has a road and parking area and is popular with scuba divers.

near Gorda on the Big Sur coast, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 18
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: willow-creek-gorda-big-sur-california

coordinates: 35.89396967654210 N -121.4616393936300 W
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Town of Gorda on Highway One

The "town" of Gorda, officialy the Gorda Springs Ocean Side Resort, provides gas, lodging, and food.

near Gorda on the Big Sur coast, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 19
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: willow-creek-gorda-big-sur-california

coordinates: 35.93237890803610 N -121.4687276785320 W
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Rockfall nets on Highway One near Gorda

Wire cable nets, retaining walls, and sidehill viaducts are common along Highway One on the Big Sur coast.

near Gorda on the Big Sur coast, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 20
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: willow-creek-gorda-big-sur-california

Coordinates: 35.85642030176420 N -121.4131696897480 W
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A cut-off highway curve in Big Sur

When Highway One was straightened it bypassed this short stretch of road, long a favorite for semi-legal vehicle camping.

near Gorda on the Big Sur coast, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 21
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: willow-creek-gorda-big-sur-california

coordinates: 35.8260062236127 N -121.3856525499580 W
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San Carpoforo from Highway One at Ragged Point

Just south of Ragged Point the coastal highway reaches a last summit then drops rapidly to the flat coastal terraces that stretch from San Carpofor to San Simeon.

near Ragged Point on the Big Sur coast, California

April 4, 2012
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accession number: 2012-04-04 22
state: california-central
region: california-central-coast
locality: ragged-point-big-sur-california

coordinates: 35.77332511591760 N -121.325587651899 W
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