Category:Headlands of California
Pages in category "Headlands of California"
The following 20 pages are in this category, out of 20 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
The following 20 pages are in this category, out of 20 total. This list may not reflect recent changes (learn more).
1. Point Arguello – Point Arguello is a headland on the Pacific coast, in Santa Barbara County, California near the city of Lompoc. The area was first used by the United States Navy in 1959 for the launch of military and it was transferred to the United States Air Force in 1964, at which time it became part of Vandenberg Air Force Base. There were six launchpads at Vandenberg AFB Space Launch Complex 6, in 1769, the Spanish Portola expedition became the first Europeans to explore this area by land. Soldiers of the expedition named a nearby point Los Pedernales or Punta Pedernales, rockets listed in italics were launched from the complex after its transfer to Vandenberg AFB in 1964
2. Bodega Head – Bodega Head is a small promontory on the Pacific coast of northern California in the United States. It is located in Sonoma County at 38. 311°N123. 066°W /38.311, -123.066, approximately 40 mi northwest of San Francisco, the peninsula, which is approximately 4 mi long and 1 mi wide, emerges from the coast to the south. It shelters the shallow sandy Bodega Bay and the portion known as Bodega Harbor. Sonoma Coast State Beach comprises beaches and dunes along the side of the promontory. The University of California, Davis runs a marine biology program at the Bodega Marine Laboratory. The laboratory is located on the grounds of Bodega Marine Reserve, the peninsula is considered a prime spot to observe the migration of whales. It is also one of the three points of the Red Triangle, a feeding ground for great white sharks. A series of trails are a destination for recreational hiking. Bodega Head State Marine Reserve & Bodega Head State Marine Conservation Area protect area waters, like underwater parks, these marine protected areas help conserve ocean wildlife and marine ecosystems. The peninsula was inhabited by the Coast Miwok people before the arrival of Europeans. Campbell Cove, on the east side of the promontory, is a candidate for Sir Francis Drakes 1579 landing site, Bodega Head lies just on the west side of the San Andreas Fault, which runs between the base of the promontory and the mainland. During the 1906 San Francisco earthquake, the promontory shifted approximately 15 ft, geologically, the rocks of Bodega Head differ greatly from those on the mainland just to the east. Whereas the rocks of Bodega Head are exposed continental granite, the rocks are of oceanic origin from the Franciscan Complex. Bodega Head is the tip of a vast geologic province known as the Salinian Block whose core is of the same origins as the core of the Sierra Nevada Mountains. The block was torn off the continent as the San Andreas Fault came into existence about 20 million years ago, other nearby examples of the Salinian Block are the Point Reyes Peninsula and the Farallon Islands. Bodega Bay Bodega Harbor Point Reyes P. G, & E. Controversy in the 1950s
3. Duncans Point – Duncans Point is a cape on the Pacific Coast of northern California in the United States. It is located in Sonoma County at 38. 393°N123. 0947°W /38.393, -123.0947, approximately 45 miles northwest of San Francisco, the point lies about halfway between Bodega Head and Goat Rock. It is easily reached from State Route 1, the unincorporated community of Ocean View lies just north of the point. The peninsula, which is approximately 300 yd long, emerges from the coast to the south and it shelters a rocky inlet, named Duncans Cove or Duncans Landing, which is part of the Sonoma Coast State Beach. Duncans Landing is notoriously dangerous, due to waves and strong surf. Duncans Point marked the limit of Pomo territory, and Duncans Landing was a place where coastal ships were loaded with food. The landing site was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on November 12,1971, Duncans Point is an uplifted wave-cut platform. Bodega Head Coast Miwok National Register of Historic Places listings in Sonoma County, California
4. Marin Headlands – The entire area is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. The Headlands are famous for their views of the Bay Area, the Headlands sometimes create their own clouds when moist, warm Pacific Ocean breezes are pushed into higher, colder air, causing condensation, fog, fog drip and perhaps rain. The hills also get more precipitation than at sea level, for the same reason, however, despite being relatively wet, strong gusty Pacific winds prevent dense forests from forming. The many gaps, ridges, and valleys in the increase the wind speed and periodically, during powerful winter storms. In summer, breezes can still be very gusty, when the oceanic air and these cloudy, gray, and rainy days often are interspersed with cool but extremely clear ones. As winter turns to spring, the April-to-June weather tends to be dominated by powerful winds, less rain, summer days alternate between clear and warm intervals, giving way to foggy and cool periods. September and October bring the highest average temperatures of the year, the centerpoint of the Marin Headlands skyline is the 920-foot Hawk Hill, the lookout point for the largest known flight of diurnal raptors in the Pacific states. Each autumn, from August into December, tens of thousands of hawks, kites, falcons, eagles, vultures, osprey, hawks avoid flight over water since warm thermals that provide lift are rare. Volunteers with the Golden Gate Raptor Observatory count and track this fall migration using bird-banding and radio-tracking techniques, all in cooperation with the National Park Service. The Marin Headlands are also home to black tail deer, mountain lions, bobcats, two types of fox, coyotes, wild turkeys, hares, rabbits, raccoons, river otters inhabit the freshwater lagoons and streams. Large numbers of birds also migrate through the Headlands, including brown pelicans from May through October, and grebes, egrets, and great blue herons in the spring, summer. The Headlands status as a park protects the habitat and populations of animals within just a few miles of San Francisco. The Marin Headlands are a geological formation created by the accretion of oceanic sediments onto the North American Plate from the Pacific Plate. The primary components of Headlands geology include graywacke sandstone, radiolarian chert, serpentinite, pillow basalts and these rocks began their migration over one hundred million years ago from as far south as present-day Los Angeles. The Marin Headlands were home to the Native American Coastal Miwok tribe, from the 1890s, the first military installations were built to prevent hostile ships from entering San Francisco Bay. The batteries at Kirby Cove, above Black Sands Beach, south of Rodeo Beach, the emplacements at the top of Hawk Hill were used for a radio station. During the Cold War, the gun batteries were decommissioned, radar sites were placed atop Hawk Hill and Hill 88. At several locations, shelters were built into the hillsides to protect the military personnel from the use of nuclear, biological, observation posts known as base end stations can also be found in the Headlands
5. Cape Mendocino – Cape Mendocino, approximately 200 miles north of San Francisco, is located on the Lost Coast entirely within Humboldt County, California, USA. It is the westernmost point on the coast of California, the South Cape Mendocino State Marine Reserve and Sugarloaf Island are immediately offshore, although closed to public access due to their protected status. Sugarloaf Island is cited as Californias westernmost island, the Cape Mendocino Light was lit December 1,1868, standing on eight prefabricated panels sent up from San Francisco, an automated light stood near the original location but was removed in 2013. The Cape Mendocino region of Californias north coast is one of the most seismically active regions in the contiguous United States, many geologists and seismologists believe that the main shock in the 1992 sequence may be a forerunner of a much more powerful earthquake in the Pacific Northwest. Offshore of Cape Mendocino lies the Mendocino Triple Junction, a triple junction where three tectonic plates come together. The San Andreas Fault, a boundary, runs south from the junction, separating the Pacific Plate. To the north lies the Cascadia subduction zone, where the Gorda Plate is being subducted under the margin of the North American plate, running west from the triple junction is the Mendocino Fault, the transform boundary between the Gorda Plate and the Pacific Plate
6. Muir Beach Overlook – Muir Beach Overlook is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area. People may visit this cliffside park when driving on State Route 1 north of San Francisco, California and south of Stinson Beach and it has views of Pacific oceanside cliffs and on clear days you can see San Francisco. You can also view migrating blue whales between November and June, located 0.5 miles north of Muir Beach on Highway One in Marin County. Muir Beach Overlook contains several historic base-end stations, from these stations, soldiers viewed ships and triangulated the distance, speed, and direction of these ships in coordination with different stations. These stations were mostly important for artillery units stationed on the coast to attack any invasion and they gained particular importance during World War II immediately after the bombing of Pearl Harbor when many in California feared San Francisco or Los Angeles would be the next target. With the advent of radar and its use, these stations became obsolete. A few of them remain open like ruins where you may enter them to get somewhat of a perspective of the soldiers who were therein stationed, National Park Service, Muir Beach & Muir Beach Overlook 37. 86306°N122. 58559°W /37.86306, -122.58559
7. Oakland Point, Oakland, California – Oakland Point, or Gibbons Point, was a small promontory formerly on the eastern shore of San Francisco Bay in West Oakland, California. It was located in the vicinity of what is now the Port of Oakland shipping terminal, Oakland Point was originally named Gibbons Point, for an early American settler who constructed a small wharf there. The Long Wharf was later acquired and re-engineered by the Southern Pacific Railroad in the 1880s as the Oakland Mole, obliterating Oakland Point. In addition to the wharf, the Central Pacific had a rail yard in the area which also later became one of the main rail yards of the Southern Pacific. Today, the rail yard is operated by the Union Pacific Railroad. It was a socially and ethnically mixed neighborhood from the late 19th century through the 1930s. Starting about the time of World War II and up to the present, African American men who worked as porters on the railroad had long lived in the area together with other ethnic groups, most of whom held other jobs with the railroad. Prescott-Oakland Point The name Oakland Point has been revived as part of the effort to re-develop West Oakland. It has been adopted by a community group calling itself the Prescott-Oakland Point Neighborhood Association, part of the redevelopment of the area includes, appropriately, the partial restoration of the historic 16th Street Station. The station will however, not be put to any railroad use, Oakland Long Wharf Alameda Mole Ferries of San Francisco Bay Neighborhood Search Map. Archived from the original on 2009-04-30