Coordinates: 35.33177, -120.82622
South of Morro Bay State Park and east of the bay itself there is a little nature area called the El Moro Elfin Forest, right at the outskirts of the town of Los Osos. On Monday morning, the last day of our MLK camping trip to Morro Bay we broke camp and went with our friends to check out the Elfin Forest.
|The hills of Morro Bay State Park, a view across the Elfin Forest|
|A view to the northwest to the estuary and Morro Rock.|
The area is almost completely covered with thick chaparral of changing heights. The little exposed spots between the shrubs revealed reddish sand.
|Coastal shrubs holding the sand in place. View to the northwest.|
The Elfin Forest is named so because it is a home for a beautiful grove of pygmy oaks. The north side of the loop trail goes through this grove. There is a lovely corner there, right under those trees.
|The Pygmy Oaks of the Elfin Forest|
|A Pygmy Oak gall.|
|Anna's hummingbird, female|