Pagurus, the tidepool entertainer  LbNA # 13124 (ARCHIVED)

Placed DateJan 15 2005
CountySan Mateo
LocationMoss Beach, CA
Planted ByAnna and the kids    
Found By Troop 1968
Last Found Feb 8 2009
Hike Distance?
Last EditedDec 23 2015

New location as of 4/1/05

This is an easy short hike (total length about 1/4-1/2 mile),located at Fitzgerald Marine Preserve, a beautiful, very popular tidepool preserve north of Half Moon Bay. To get there, take Highway 1 to Moss Beach, turn west onto California Street and drive to its end. Take some time to explore the area-- especially if you are there around low tide. The tidepools there are wonderful-- as are the coastside forest trails across the street from the picnic area.

To find the box, go to the picnic area next to the parking lot. Cross the street at California and Northlake and enter the path going into a forested hiking area. Cross the short plank bridge and veer right at the fork and continue up the short hill, parallel to the parking lot, toward the ocean view. Veer left to continue up the hill at the sight of the dead end fence ("fragile area"). At the top of the hill, hold small children's hands tight (rather dangerous drop offs, but FABULOUS VIEWS!!) and enjoy the panorama. Next, go due south into the forest to your left. Note the first PERFECT line of REALLY BIG trees to your left. Count in for 13 real trees, 15 if you count all stumps and little trees, to find pagurus hidden about 1 1/2 feet up in the 13th big tree. Try your best to be discreet as this is still quite a public area and I'm hoping for this replant to last a bit longer than my last try.