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Road trip along California’s coast

Imperial Beach

A woman takes a break from riding her horse on Imperial Beach, one of only a few places along the coast where  horses are allowed.

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La Jolla

Palm fronds reveal a surfer, a couple and children taking in sunset at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.

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La Jolla

The tide splashes up on the beach at sunset on a warm summer evening at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.

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Coronado

Backdropped by San Diego’s skyline, former Sen. James Mills, 89, stands at his Coronado apartment with the bike he rode from Sacramento to San Diego in 1972 to promote Proposition 20, which created the Coastal Commission and led to the Coastal Act.

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San Diego

Children camping at Campland on the Bay paddle around on body boards in the warm waters of San Diego’s Mission Bay.

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Black’s Beach

A view from the Torrey Pines Gliderport cliffs, overlooking Black’s Beach and Torrey Pines State Beach in La Jolla.

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La Jolla

A California sea lions basks in the evening sunlight while resting on a rock in the La Jolla Marine Reserve, one of 11 California marine protected areas (MPAs).

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La Jolla

A bod surfer is upended amid the crashing shorebreak at Windansea Beach in La Jolla.

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San Clemente

A surfer heads in by a fire pit, hammock and palapa at dusk at San Onofre State Beach in San Clemente.

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San Clemente

Mila Renieri and Diego Merli of Milan, Italy, play on a homemade teeter-totter at San Onofre State Beach.

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Malibu

A “no beach access” sign is posted at Dan Blocker Beach scenic viewpoint. The beach is one of several in Malibu that don’t allow public access.

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Malibu

RV campers have an ocean view, just across from Pacific Coast Highway at the Malibu Beach RV Park in Malibu.

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Laguna Beach

A kayaker checks out the clear waters of Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach.

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Laguna

A snorkeler swims around a reef/ rock formation at Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach

A snorkeler looks for fish at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach

Garibaldi, the California state fish, swim and feed on rocks at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach

Small fish swim at the reef at Crescent Bay in Laguna Beach.

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San Onofre State Beach

A surfer rides a wave at sunset at “Old Man’s” surf break at San Onofre State Beach.

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A bodyboarder rides a wave at Crescent Bay, Laguna Beach. 

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Huntington Beach
Anders Hamborg rides a wave before his shift working as a Huntington Beach city lifeguard on a warm summer day in Huntington Beach. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
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A view of the beach through a telescope at Pacific City, a new 31-acre mixed use development in Huntington Beach, also known as Surf City U.S.A. 

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Banning Ranch

The site of the proposed Banning Ranch development now before the Calif. Coastal Commission. 

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San Onofre

The tide rolls in at twilight at the San Onofre Nuclear Generating Station (SONGS) nuclear power plant located on the border of San Diego County and San Clemente. 

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AES Huntington Beach Generating Station

A view of the AES Huntington Beach Generating Station, where an ocean water intake pipe is located that uses a technique of once-through cooling that is harmful to marine life scheduled to be phased out by 2020. The California Coastal Commission is holding a hearing on the proposed Poseidon Huntington beach Desalination project September 7/8. Poseidon would operate next to the AES power plant and use it’s ocean water intake pipe.

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Dana Point

A dolphin leaps out of the water with a view of south Laguna Beach in the background on Aug. 12, 2016.

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Dana Point

A pod of dolphins leaps out of the water with a view of south Laguna Beach in the background on Aug. 12, 2016.

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Dana Point

The Spirit of Dana Point, a traditionally built replica of a 1770s privateer schooner used during the American Revolution, takes a sunset cruise past The Headlands, center, and The Strand at Headlands development, left, in Dana Point. The Coastal Commission approved the 121-acre development known as The Strand at Headlands in 2004, but only after a decades-long fight between conservationists and the developer.

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Laguna Beach

The orange glow of the setting sun shines through palm trees on a warm summer evening in Heisler Park, Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach

Beach combers enjoy a warm summer evening exploring the ocean and coastline of Main Beach, Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach

Couples enjoy a sunset on a warm summer evening in Heisler Park, Laguna Beach.

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Laguna Beach

Beach combers are silhouetted by the sky’s glow while exploring the rocks at sunset on a warm summer evening in Heisler Park, Laguna Beach.

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Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

Children run along the beach at twilight near the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages.

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Crystal Cove Beach Cottages
The sun sets over the Crystal Cove Beach Cottages in Newport Beach. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Monterey Bay

Kayakers take a scenic cruise in Monterey Bay on a summer day in Monterey. In the background, sand dunes line the coast where the proposed hotel and condominium Monterey Bay Shores development in Sand City.

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Crystal Cove Beach Cottages

Isabella, 9, and Holden, 7, roast marshmallows over a beach fire with their parents, Steve and Amy Knuff of Aliso Viejo at twilight at Crystal Cove Beach Cottages.

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Crystal Cove Beach Cottages
Incoming tide rolls onto the beach at twilight at Crystal Cove Beach Cottages. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Rancho Palos Verdes
A photographer captures the sunset over the ocean in Rancho Palos Verdes. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Rancho Palos Verdes
The Point Vicente Lighthouse illuminates the landscape at twilight in Rancho Palos Verdes. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Point Mugu Sand Dune

A person climbs up the giant Point Mugu Sand Dune, across from Thornhill Broome Beach State Park in Ventura County.

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Point Mugu Sand Dune
Taylor Geer and Marissa Acosta of Thousand Oaks relax on top of the giant Point Mugu Sand Dune, across from Thornhill Broome Beach State Park in Ventura County. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Leo Carrillo State Park
Kids play on a stand-up-paddleboard at Leo Carrillo State Park in Malibu. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
El Matador State Beach
Vivienne Lee, 7, of Thousand Oaks, jumps across rocks under the arches of a rock formation while watching the tide roll in at twilight at El Matador State Beach in Malibu. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
El Matador State Beach
Keenan Yoo watches the waves crash at twilight at El Matador State Beach in Malibu. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Arroyo Burro Beach
A tidal inlet reflects the surrounding landscape as a couple walk with their dog at twilight along Arroyo Burro Beach County Park in Santa Barbara. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Naples State Marine Conservation Area

A Blue Heron flies over the Naples State Marine Conservation Area. Phil McKenna, president of the Gaviota Coast Conservancy, says the portion down-coast of Point Conception contains approximately 50% of its remaining rural coastline.

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Arroyo Burro Beach

A man fishes in the ocean at sunset at Arroyo Burro Beach County Park in Santa Barbara.

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Cambria

A deer takes a break from grazing to look out over the meadow in Cambria.

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Cambria

A man walking his dog is viewed underneath a Cypress tree canopy over the beach boardwalk along Moonstone Beach in Cambria.

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Morro Bay

A surfer rides a wave near a rock formation in Morro Bay.

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Morro Bay

The sun, filtered by forest fire ash and fog, goes down at the Morro Bay Marina, with a view of Morro Rock and sailboats. 

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Morro Bay

Surfers walk down the beach after surfing in front of Morro Rock.

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Morro Bay

A windmill lines an undeveloped stretch of coast along Cayucos’ Estero Bay with Morro Rock visible in the background.

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Morro Bay

A child bundled up in a thick wetsuit, cap and life jacket, skips to the water’s edge with an adult taking them body boarding in Morro Bay.

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Morro Bay

A child toting sand toys heads across the sand dunes at Morro Bay State Park in Morro Bay.

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Los Osos

The tide fills in between jagged rock and cliff formations at Montaña de Oro State Beach in Los Osos.

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Los Osos

The tide fills in between jagged rock and cliff formations at Montaña de Oro State Beach in Los Osos.

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San Simeon

Elephant Seals battle one another on the beach rookery at Piedras Blancas State Marine Reserve, San Simeon.

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Big Sur
A scenic view of the setting sun shining through the fog along the Big Sur coastline.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Big Sur

A scenic view of a waterfall spilling onto the beach at Julia Pfeiffer Burns State Park, Big Sur coastline.

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Big Sur

A scenic view of an iconic California coastline gem, the Bixby Bridge, Big Sur.

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Big Sur

Tourists sit together at a lookout point while exploring the Big Sur coastline.

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Big Sur

A scenic view taken from Rocky Point, looking out over the Big Sur coastline.

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San Simeon

Elephant Seals gather on the beach rookery at Piedras Blancas State Marine Reserve, San Simeon.

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Big Sur

Kayakers take a scenic cruise on Monterey Bay.

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Carmel-by-the-Sea

A scenic view of Garrapata State Park in Carmel-by-the-Sea.

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Carmel

A view of Carmel Sunset Beach on a summer day.

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Sand City

A child climbs a dune on the site of a proposed, nearly 400-unit hotel and condominium development in Sand City.

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San City

A Western snowy plover, a threatened species protected under the Endangered Species Act, stands amid critical habitat at the site of the proposed Monterey Bay Shores condo and hotel development in Sand City.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Shark Tooth Rock

Amid fog, Mark Massara, a decades-long coastal steward, surfs in front of Shark Tooth Rock at Martins Beach, where an access gate remains locked despite a judge’s order to landowner Vinod Khosla to to open the private gate and allow public access to the beach.

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Santa Cruz

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez revisits Santa Cruz, where he surfed as a boy.

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Santa Cruz

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez surfs in Santa Cruz.

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Twin Lakes State Beach

The sun illuminates the incoming tide as a child plays in the water near Twin Lakes State Beach in Santa Cruz.

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Pigeon Point Light Station

A harbor seal lets out a yawn while relaxing on the rocks at Pigeon Point Light Station near Santa Cruz.

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Santa Cruz

A sailor heads out to sea from Santa Cruz.

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Martins Beach
A mural on a beach cottage wall at Martins Beach, where an access gate remains locked despite a judge’s order to landowner Vinod Khosla to to open the private gate and allow public access to the beach.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Lighthouse Point

The sun sets as a crew team glides through the water near Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz.

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Pigeon Point
A tourist takes in the coastline scenery at Pigeon Point Light Station near Santa Cruz.  (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Pigeon Point

A view of the scenic Pigeon Point Light Station State Historic Park in Pescadero. 

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Lighthouse Point

Sailboats and stand-up-paddle boarders share the water off Lighthouse Point in Santa Cruz.

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Natural Bridges State Beach

Ash from a nearby forest fire creates a yellow-hued sky at sunset at Natural Bridges State Beach in Santa Cruz.

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San Francisco

A view of one of California’s most beloved coastal gems: the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco skyline from the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

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Foggy Egret

An egret searches for breakfast on a foggy morning at Bolinas Lagoon Nature Preserve in Stinson Beach.

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Half Moon Bay

A family walks across the beach amid the fog at Dunes Beach in Half Moon Bay.

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Checking the Surf

A man checking the surf is silhouetted by evening sunshine reflecting off the ocean amid fog at Dunes Beach in Half Moon Bay.

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Harbor Seals

Harbor Seals relax in the mud at low tide on a foggy morning at Bolinas Lagoon Nature Preserve in Stinson Beach.

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Crawling Crab

A crab crawls through the mud at low tide at Bolinas Lagoon Nature Preserve in Stinson Beach.

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Sand bar

White pelicans and sea gulls perch on a sand bar in Drakes Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore. 

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Drakes Estero

Los Angeles Times columnist Steve Lopez, left, gets a kayak tour through the eel grass from Amy Trainer, right, deputy director California Coastal Protection Network.

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Food scavenger

A coyote hunts for food along the shore in Drakes Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore. 

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Fishing floats

Tom Baty, a local environmentalist, has a collection of Japanese glass fishing floats he found on the beach over the years. They are used to hold up fishing nets. 

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Tom Baty

Tom Baty has been involved in the fight to close the oyster farm on Drakes Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore. 

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Sea life

A harbor seal checks out kayakers in Drakes Estero, Point Reyes National Seashore. 

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Point Reyes

Steve Lopez, left, gets a kayak tour from Amy Trainer, in white kayak, Brett Miller and Cicely Muldoon.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Rack remnants

Remnants of oyster racks are part of a restoration project to remove 470 tons of marine debris and 5 miles of oyster racks in Drakes Estero

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Amy Trainer

Amy Trainer, deputy director California Coastal Protection Network, kayaks past oyster racks in Drakes Estero.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Oyster racks

Amy Trainer, deputy director California Coastal Protection Network, kayaks past oyster racks in Drakes Estero.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Sea Ranch

The tide pools at the scenic Shell Beach in Sea Ranch, Calif. Sea Ranch rallied a generation of coastal stewards demanding public access to the rugged and scenic beauty on the Sonoma County coast.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Arcata

A view of flowers overlooking the Pacific Ocean at Bodega Head, Bodega Bay.

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Bodega Head

A blue heron perches on a branch at The Hole in Bodega Head that was meant to hold a nuclear power plant. Photo taken at Bodega Head, Bodega Bay, Calif.

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Sonoma County

A view of the rugged beauty of the Sonoma County coast.

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Crescent City

Couples take a scenic walk on the beach in Crescent City.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Mendocino County
An evening view of the rugged coastline of Elk in Mendocino County. (Los Angeles Times)
Shelter Cove

The rocky coastline of Shelter Cove.

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Lost Coast

Fog partially obscures the high cliffs of the Lost Coast, where early conservation activists fought development in Shelter Cove.

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Black Sands Beach

A woman watches the tide roll in on Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove along the Lost Coast.

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Black Sands Beach

A woman walks along Black Sands Beach in Shelter Cove.

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Mendocino County

An evening view of the Mendocino County coastline in Northern California.

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Ma-le’l Dunes

A full moon rises at dusk over the protected Ma-le’l Dunes in Arcata, which contain eight distinct habitats.

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Battery Point Lighthouse
Sunset illuminates Battery Point Lighthouse and sea stacks in Crescent City on July 18, 2016. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Crescent City
A surfer heads out at sunset to catch a wave near a sea stack in Crescent City on July 18, 2016. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Enderts Beach
Flowers overlooking Enderts Beach near Crescent City on July 19, 2016. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Battery Point Lighthouse
The Battery Point Lighthouse illuminates the night sky near sea stacks in Crescent City on July 18, 2016. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Pelican Bay State Beach

A couple walks along the beach at Pelican Bay State Beach after crossing the California border from Oregon on July 18, 2016.

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Lake Earl Wildlife Area

Empty half-acre lots and paved roads are now part of the Lake Earl Wildlife Area on July 18, 2016.

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Lake Earl Wildlife Area

A blue heron lands on a tree branch amid the rich habitat of the south Lake Earl Wildlife Area, which was formerly private Bliss Ranch and is now public land near Crescent City on July 18, 2016.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Lake Earl Wildlife Area

Water ripples among reeds in the near-empty half-acre lots and paved roads that are now part of the Lake Earl Wildlife Area.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
False Klamath Cove, Redwood National Park

Sunset illuminates sea stacks and the coastline at False Klamath Cove in Redwood National Park near Crescent City on July 18, 2016.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
False Klamath Cove, Redwood National Park

The sun sets behind trees at False Klamath Cove in Redwood National Park near Crescent City on July 18, 2016.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
A view of the Smith River National Recreation Area in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park on July 19, 2016. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park
Times columnist Steve Lopez, right, kayaks with Grant Werschkull, left, co-executive director of the Smith River Alliance, on the Smith River National Recreation Area in Jedediah Smith Redwoods State Park on July 19, 2016. (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
Prarie Creek Redwoods State Park

An elk grazes in the meadow at sunset in Prairie Creek Redwoods State Park on July 19, 2016.

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Ma-le’l Dunes North

Patterns formed by the wind and bird footprints in the sand at the Ma-le’l Dunes North, which contains eight different habitats, in Arcata on July 19, 2016. The dunes are highlighted as a victory for the coast after a years-long fight by conservationists to keep off-highway vehicles off the unique sand dunes.

 (Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)
A sunset view of the Ma-le’l Dunes, which contains eight different habitats, in Arcata on July 19, 2016. The dunes are highlighted as a victory for the coast after years-long fight by conservationists to keep off-highway vehicles off the unique sand dunes.
A sunset view of the Ma-le’l Dunes, which contains eight different habitats, in Arcata on July 19, 2016. The dunes are highlighted as a victory for the coast after years-long fight by conservationists to keep off-highway vehicles off the unique sand dunes.  (Allen J. Schaben )
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