The Caspar Uplands trail’s north end is at Caspar State Beach, a much-loved pocket beach offering surfing, snorkeling, and picnicking.
Just east of this beach up the Caspar Uplands Trail is an unusual bench dedicated to Art and Jean Morley. This bench was made by local woodworker Greg Smith, of redwood salvaged from the Pudding Creek Trestle. This hiking trail winds south through fir and riparian forests around Doyle Creek, and then uphill through the southernmost stand of sitka spruce forest in North America.
If you are hiking in the spring, you will hear the whistle of osprey pairs nesting in these trees, and perhaps even catch a glimpse of one returning to its young in the nest with a fish in its talons.
There are coastal trail connections from the Caspar Uplands trail to both the north and south, though it requires a little ingenuity to find them—to the north is Caspar Headlands State Park, and to the south is Point Cabrillo Lighthouse State Historic Park.
• This location has no cellular reception. Please plan accordingly.
• Dogs on leash are welcome to explore this area.