Elk California Travel
This log was written by Florida-based writer Jim Dolan and is located in Mendocino, California. This tree trunk was originally located at Elks Lodge in Elk Lake State Park, located on the west side of the Santa Cruz Mountains, north of Santa Rosa. Today, with more than 1,000 existing tree trunks, it is the largest and most popular moose trunk in the state of California.
Due to its small size, the elk has little to no impact on the beach, which is dotted with driftwood, but it does cause great damage to the coast.
The moose also has a steep path that leads from Greenwood Cove to the Pacific shore, and you can often find moose grazing right on the beach right next to the road. The presence of herds greatly improves wildlife viewing opportunities, but even if visitors have never traveled, they can expect to see and even photograph the elk and Point Reyes Point Reyes without any travel beyond the outer end of the park. For more information, visit the Elk California website and the Elk California Facebook page.
One town in particular on the southern coast of Mendocino is now more than ever worth a visit: Point Reyes, a small, tightly knit community of about 100 people located near the Elk. Be sure to stop before you enter Point Reyes to buy a newspaper dedicated to Tule Elk, and while you are there, be sure to shop at the local market or in the retail. There is also a grocery store, but make sure you get your supplies nearby, as Elk stores are only open until 6pm and there are not many. You can also go to Mendoino for a few days if you want, even though moose are tiny.
The Elk is located on the banks of the Navarro River, which flows into the Pacific Ocean and offers views of the river and the expanding Pacific Ocean. The coastal scenery along the Mendocino coast is breathtaking, but one place to keep an eye on as you drive along Highway 1 is the tiny roadside community of Elk Pop, a small town just a few miles south of Point Reyes. The town of 200 people nestles on the coast on a narrow stretch of road just off Highway 1, perched on a cliff overlooking a remote mile-long beach dotted with sheltered bays and tunnels carved into the sea-shaped rock.
The Elk Winery professionals, led by Jason and Molly Drew, are dedicated to the craft of winemaking and what exists in the state of California and the world. You can also visit Elk Pop's other wineries, such as Elk Creek Wineries and Elk Valley Winemaker's Vineyard.
One of the reasons we love Mendocino so much is the beautiful scenery along the way, and we have thanked you for this visit several times. So we know that technically, driving down the Pacific Coast Highway is not one of our favorite things to do in Mendoza, but it's worth stopping. It is a short drive from Elk Creek Winery and Elk Valley Winemaker's Vineyard, so this is my favorite place to have lunch.
The common name "elk" is attributed to the animal (Cervus canadensis nannode) because elks thrive in the tall reed cave called Tulle. Most remarkable is that the Tule Moose roams through the forests of Mendocino National Park, one of the largest national parks in California. We have seen these majestic animals on trips through the park, as well as at Elk Creek Winery and Elk Valley Winemaker's Vineyard.
In the next few years, the U.S. Biological Survey tried to move elk with rodeo techniques, ropes and horses. The academy was unable to catch any of them, as they lured the elk with corals and traps instead of trying to catch them on horseback.
In the 1870s, only a few elk remained in the Buena Vista Lake area, and the hunters had further reduced their numbers by that time. After being hunted to near extinction by settlers on the north coast, there were only a few hundred animals left at the beginning of the conservation efforts. In the 1880s, there were fifty to five elk in the Drakes Beach area, while sixty-five remained in Limantour, Muddy Hollow and the Glenbrook area. The conservation efforts were seen as partly successful when 21 of them were relocated to Sequoia National Park.
About 100 moose were spotted on Grizzly Island, a small island off the coast of Yosemite National Park, in the early 20th century. Elk on Grizzlies Island inhabit the same area as the entire north coast and they travel 15 miles or more to get the resources they need.
Although your time is limited, you don't want to graze along the Mendocino coast, where the coastal mountains become flatter and create space for breathtaking forests and meadows. Make no mistake, assuming California is warm and "coast" means beach, it isn't.