Bear Valley Visitor Center Lighting Retrofit:
Due to safety concerns during the installation of new LED lights, sections of the Bear Valley Visitor Center's exhibit area may be closed through the end of July. More »
The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed on Saturday, July 26.
We are sorry for any inconvenience, but the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed on Saturday, July 26. It will open at 10 am on Sunday, July 27.
Critical Culvert Repair will Close Bear Valley Trail for One Week
Contact: John Dell'Osso, 415-464-5135
A small section of the Bear Valley Trail will be closed to visitors from Monday, October 23 – Friday, October 27, 2006 for the replacement of a culvert. This closure is a result of 2006 storm damage that the Seashore received funding for. Hikers and equestrians can still access the first section of Bear Valley Trail from the Trailhead parking area to Mount Wittenberg Trail junction. After ascending the Mount Wittenberg Trail, visitors can go onto the Sky Trail then onto Meadow Trail to return to Bear Valley Trail. Visitors are encouraged to pick up a free trail map from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Bear Valley Creek contains the federally-threatened steelhead trout and this project will remove a significant fish passage obstruction.
The culvert replacement projects would restore or enhance natural hydrologic process by replacing the existing culvert with a 14’ x 10’ multi-plate arched culvert. The park has been evaluating all possible rehabilitation options for this trail crossing and determined that the undersized culvert needs to be replaced with a multi-plate arch culvert. As a result of site surveys and additional damage to the trail as a result of the winter 2006 storms, the Seashore has had to resolve the flooding concerns at this site to accommodate a 100-year flood event.
Did You Know?
Since the restoration of the Giacomini Wetlands in 2008, the tidewater goby--a federally endangered brackish-water resident fish species--has not only been observed in the newly restored channels and ponds, but in Lagunitas Creek, where it had previously not been documented since 1953. More...