Charleston Loop - Simpson's Reef Overlook

Hwy 101 mile marker 235d.
Simpson's Reef is the fourth of five beaches, parks, and viewpoints on the "Charleston Loop".
For details on reaching the Charleston Loop, please see either the Bastendorff Beach or the Sunset Bay entries on the prior page.

Simpson's Reef Overlook is a viewpoint which presents Simpson's Reef in the distance. This is a shelf of rocks that juts up about 5 - 10 feet out of the Pacific. However the interesting feature of the Reef is the presence of a great number of seals. Just to hear the otherworldly noise produced by these seals is reason enough to drive or hike to this viewpoint.

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Entrance on Charleston Loop


Late afternoon view from the Overlook

A late afternoon view of a section of the overlook, with a couple of onlookers.


The low angle sun illuminating the reef

A view of the reef


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