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Monday, April 25, 2011

The Jenner Grade - one of the reasons the Mendonoma Coast is so unpopulated

Traveling north to the Mendonoma coast means a slow ride on the Jenner Grade of Highway One with its many switchbacks. Once you reach the top, the views of the Pacific Ocean are breathtaking and it's possible to see Gray Whales on their migration north this time of year. Many people dislike this part of the drive though and it is one of the reasons why this part of the coast is so sparsely populated. If it was easy to get to, it would be overrun like Carmel, so here's to the Jenner Grade! While you are driving slowly, you have the chance to look for wildflowers and the many cascades from seasonal streams - a nice reward.


Frank Drouillard said...

There's also a dandy little gulch at the bottom with a creek that usually flow through June. Following the creek leads you to a very nice little beach.

Located an hour south of Anchor Bay, it's a great rest stop for dogs, especially those breeds attracted to water.

Jeanne Jackson said...

Let's see...that would be a certain golden type of dog, right?