February on The Whale Trail

Highway 1 Discovery Route Travel Blog

February on The Whale Trail


This Blog Originally Appeared Here

Hard to believe it’s the middle of February already! Wanted to catch you all up on what we have been up to.

Inauguration of Central Coast Whale Trail signs

The most recent and southernmost leg of The Whale Trail was launched in January, with events including a kickoff in San Simeon, a movie at Hearst Castle Discovery Center, and a proclamation from the San Luis Obispo County Board of Supervisors. We loved seeing the Whale Trail signs at Cambria, San Simeon, Cayucos, Avila, and Oceano Nipomo. We missed getting to Montana de Oro State Park (Los Osos Baywood) – a great reason to go back!

The central California coast is stunning, and a great place to watch marine mammals! From shore, March and April are best months to see gray whales on their northbound migrations, and humpbacks are increasingly seen in the summer. We visited Piedras Blancas, where more than 7000 elephant seals were hauled out, including 700 new pups! Amazing to see, especially just steps away from Highway 1.

Thanks to CA Highway One Discovery Route, Stewardship Travel, and everyone who had a hand in bringing The Whale Trail to SLO.