For those who would like to enjoy a quiet walk out to the Seal Haulout overlook but would rather walk on a trail than on the beach, by heading out from the walking path at the Tomol Interpretive Play Area, you can follow the walkway past the entrance to the state park and then catch the Bluff Trail. Once on the trail, there are expansive views out over the coast and not too far past the overlook where you can enjoy the seals as they laze about on the sand. For the adventurous it is possible to walk all the way to Rincon Point.
Points of Interests: Sunset, Viewpoint, Benches, Out & Back, Picnicking, Car Camp, City Park, State Park, Open Space, Beach Access
User Types: Beach Walkers, Car Campers, Hikers, Trail Runners, Mountain Bikers, Dog Walkers, Families, Kids, Photographers, Bird Watchers
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As you walk out onto the bluffs, you may come upon one of our are’s most valued treasures: the harbor seal colony, where the seals bear their young, breed and haul out to rest. Remarkably, this seal colony is only one of two such places along the Southern California coast that is readily accessible to the public.
The harbor seal colony near the Chevron Pier is protected by law and should not be disturbed in any way. This includes making loud noises, conspicuous gestures or approaching past the warning signs. Harbor seals, like all marine mammals, are federally protected.
Disturbing them in any way is a felony, punishable by up to $10,000 in fines and/or one year in jail per count. To further ensure the protection of this seal colony, the City of Carpinteria passed a law which closes the beach from 750 feet to either side of the colony. It is illegal to walk on the beach from December 1 through May 31. Dogs and seals make a bad mix. If you bring yours with you make sure it is on a leash when you are anywhere near the Seal Preserve.