The tunnels were created to allow coastal streams to exit into the Pacific.

Exploring the Secret Tunnels of the North Coast

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When the Ocean Shore and Southern Pacific railroads built the railroad from Santa Cruz to Davenport, they filled in the trestles to provide a dependable and stable railroad bed. They drilled tunnels through the adjacent bedrock to permit the blocked streams to exit to the sea. Those tunnels, varying in size based on the size of the stream, have survived over a century and are still operational.

We will spend the day exploring sections of the railroad line and participants will have an opportunity to explore the tunnels. Those wishing to explore the tunnels should be prepared to walk in the creeks. You should be able to walk an estimated four miles during the day and be able to do some scrambling on steep coastal trails.

Class members entering one of the coastal tunnels in July 2009. Note their attire.

Date: Saturday, September 17

Time: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Fee: $50 per person.

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Transportation: Private vehicles. We will carpool and shuttle.

The San Vicente Creek tunnel at Davenport is huge because it serves a stream that can be very large during winter storms.

Equipment: Boots, tennis shoes or rubber-soled sandals and a strong waterproof flashlight are recommended. You might also bring along walking sticks to help stabilize you on slippery tunnel floors.

Lunch: Bring a picnic lunch.

This class is not designed for children under 18.

Special Note to those who participated in the previous Tunnel adventure in 2009: We will include some new tunnels along with our old favorites.

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