Marineland trail and beach storm damage

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Posted by Max Bottomtime on January 27, 2010 at 17:39:18:

Reports of the demise of Marineland have been greatly exaggerated. The caution tape was removed from the trails, although the signs were still up. That didn't seem to keep anyone out today. The trails to the coves and point were not as compacted as they once were, but they were in good shape. No ruts, mud nor sections washed away. It was as if it had never rained. The upper trail to the former temporary parking lot has some ruts, but it now resembles most trails in Palos Verdes. No word on when the trails will officially reopen. The only real change was to the beach. Gone are a few large boulders, irrigation lines and the cabanas from the beach. The beach itself is now covered with a new layer of rocks, making the walk to the water a bit harder. We do have a new sandy beach where the pier once was.
Trails closed

Jeff's Rock
Jeff's Rock is now surrounded by smaller rocks. This is where I usually gear up.

Trail and sandy beach are deserted

Cave and sandy beach
New sandy entry from the upper trail

Gone are the large boulders and there is now a two feet dropoff to the rocks.

Trail closed

Upper trail
Ruts in the upper trail

Upper trail washed out in one section

Ted's Rock
A giant boulder now overshadows Ted's Rock

Lee's Rock
Lee's Rock exposed at low tide

Empty beach
Where's the beach?

Empty beach

Boulders gone

Cave entrance
Cave entrance

Sandy beach

Sandy beach

Sandy beach hazard
What's left of the Marineland pier

Boulders gone
Lots of rocks

Jeff's Rock filled in
The walk to Jeff's rock is a little harder

New sandy beach

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