Bear Harbor area.

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In October of 1998 I lead a sucessful trip to the Lost Coast with some BASK members.

Approaching the end of our afternoon paddle.
Landing in the protected waters at Bear Harbor requires landing at high tide when the water reaches the sandy part of the beach.
If you land at low tide the water exposes rocks to bang up kayaks.

When we arrived we found my favorite campsite was claimed by a large bull elk and his harem of cows and calves.
Charles and Brian were two of the kayakers who drove in to meet us.
Roger Lamb and I played around the Cluster Cone Rocks and through Morgan Rock (middle picture).
On Saturday we paddled north past the Needle Rock Visitors Center but made our landing too far north to go "visiting".
On Sunday we paddled south to the Anderson Cliffs (in the distance) and landed on a dumpy beach at one of the primitive campsites.

On the trip home Sunday afternoon I went through every cave and arch!

I returned to the Lost Coast in Bear Harbor Peninsula and points north.
This is the campground that was described to me as a "Japanese Tea Garden". I still have never been able to camp in it.
Even protected Bear Harbor was rough with even rougher waves offshore. The road was closed so we had to hike five kilometers to get here and could not bring our boats anyway.
Morgan Rock had waves breaking around it and blasting through the arch through the midle of it. Viewed from the south and north, this rock looks like the sphinx staring out to sea.
The Cluster Cone Rocks were easy to paddle through last trip (see below) but are impassible today.
North Rock also has waves breaking around it.

I padded here from Usal Beach on Friday afternoon, July 1997, to camp for two nights.

The sun came out as I paddled north of Mistake Point.

It was just a few hours paddle for me to pass by all of these campgrounds, (this one is Wheeler Campground), but I knew that it was a long difficult trail by land to get to here.

Another rock named "Seal Rock" and this one acutally did have harbor seals on it
Bear Harbor viewed from a distance.

The Cluster Cone Rocks form part of the protection for Bear Harbor.
Arriving around sunset, this what Bear Harbor looked like after I landed.
Some views from up on the point down onto the Cluster Cone Rocks and the beach.
Tne next morning was a low tide at the beach with heavy fog.
The Cluster Cone Rocks from the tidepools, and from the kayak later.
Look carefully at this picture and you will see a stalagtite (a "kayak krusher") hanging down in the middle of this arch through Morgan Rock. This did not stop me from paddling through the arch!
There is a rock north of here called Needle Rock, but this isn't it. This one is called North Rock.

The Bear Harbor Peninsula, viewed from the north on the way back to camp.
A better view of the "kayak krusher" in the arch in Morgan Rock.
Almost back to camp after an eight hour day trip to Shelter Cove and back. The Cluster Cone Rocks were a welcome sight.

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