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Salt Point State Park, Jenner

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Desert State Park
Salt Point State Park is a state park in Sonoma County, California, United States. The park covers 6000acre on the coast of Northern California, with 20mi of hiking trails and over 6mi of a rough rocky coast line including Salt Point which protrudes into the Pacific Ocean. The park also features the first underwater preserves in California. The constant impact of the waves forms the rocks into many different shapes. These rocks continue underwater providing a wide variety of habitats for marine organisms. The activities at Salt Point include hiking, camping, fishing, scuba diving and many others. The weather is cool with fog and cold winds even during the summer.The rocks of Salt Point are sedimentary sandstone. Due to the large amounts of sandstone, small cave-like features called tafoni can be found along the shore of Salt Point.Cultural and natural historyThis park is named for the formation of salt crystals in the cracks and crevices of the rocky coastline. The native Kashaya Pomo collected salt from this area for many years. They used abalone chisels to scrape the salt off the rocks.
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  • Gerstle cove side is just terrible no shade everybody can see exactly what you're doing, Not many trees at all and can get very windy. The difference between the two campgrounds are night and day. As ...  more »
  • ...happened upon this stunning reserve during a howling sunny gale...only one other car in the massive car park...the empty wilds awaited us...gentle bluff trial went on and on along the coastline...s...  more »
  • We did the Salt Point trail from Gerstle Cove and it was very beautiful! Flat bluff trail with roaring waves, fantastic ocean views and amazing tafoni rock formations.  more »