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Caspar Uplands Trail

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No cell phone receptionThis location has no cellular reception. Please plan accordingly. We recommend that you download the PDF trail data sheet below to your device prior to your trip to this location.

The northern trailhead for the Caspar Uplands trail is at Caspar Headlands State Beach, a much-loved pocket beach offering surfing, snorkeling, and picnicking. Just east of this beach, on the Caspar Uplands Trail, is an unusual bench dedicated to Art and Jean Morley. This bench was made by local woodworker Greg Smith, of redwood salvaged from the Pudding Creek Trestle. This hiking trail winds south through fir and riparian forests around Doyle Creek, and then uphill through the southernmost stand of Sitka spruce forest in North America. If you are hiking in the spring, you will hear the whistle of osprey pairs nesting in these trees, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of one returning to its young with a fish in its talons. There are coastal trail connections from the Caspar Uplands trail to both the north and south, though it requires a little ingenuity to find them- to the north is Caspar Headlands State Park, and to the south is Point Cabrillo Lighthouse State Historic Park. If you look at the map, you should be able to figure out how to extend your hike a little longer to include one of these other beautiful state parks.

Caspar Uplands Trail trail map

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Trail Latitude (X): 39.360

Trail Longitude (Y): -123.816

Mapping: View vicinity on Google Maps (see Trail Map above or Trail Data Sheet PDF under the Information tab for a more precise map)

Point Cabrillo Drive Mile Marker (north): 2.25

Point Cabrillo Drive Mile Marker (south): 1.5

Trail Length: 1.3 miles