“turning trash into treasure”
A note from California State Parks regarding Glass Beach at MacKerricher State Park: “All park cultural features are protected by law and may not be removed or disturbed, including glass found at Glass Beach.” There are actually three glass beaches — all former city trash dump sites — that cough up beautiful sea glass. What To Do at Glass Beach: Search for rare ruby reds (from pre-1967 auto tail lights) or sapphire gems from apothecary bottles. Snap a photo, but leave the glass behind for others to discover. Local Lore: From 1906 to 1967, everything from cars to batteries to bottles, cans and appliances were unceremoniously pushed over the cliffs into the ocean — a common practice of seaside cities for centuries. Mother Nature responded to this abuse with a nice surprise in the form of smooth, colored sea glass treasure in a rainbow of colors. Be sure to visit the Sea Glass Museum, owned and operated by Capt. Cass Forrington, a retired sea captain. There you’ll discover the world’s largest permanent sea glass exhibit. The museum is now a must see for all visitors to the Mendocino coast.
I realize the reviews here are 4 years old.... after I drove here. So let me give you a updated review. There is nothing here anymore. The beach is fenced off and all other entrances have no significant glass. I wouldn’t waste my time here. There are signs that say no collecting yet there are people here with buckets and knee pads. What a disappointment.
It's not celebrating garbage; it's celebrating that the earth, through all our attempts to pollute and destroy it, can turn out mistakes into something beautiful.
We had such a fabulous time finding treasures. The path splits in two, be sure to take the one marked difficult route, not the easy route if you want to find lots of sea glass.
harrison lake, there is a cabin the owners pasted on to their son years ago the locals made a pool beside it and many smaller hot tub size pools ( the spring water on the side of the hill is bubbling with natural hot springs ) its hard to find been there once it is up the mountain side you must travel across a fast running spring water (small river seasonal ) o ya you will not make it in winter to much snow wish I had more on it I had heard of it for a long time and finally made it one spring you drive up the middle of a fast running creek water was up to the bottom of the windows of the jeep i had borrowed. location right side of BC harrison lake turn before dear and hicks lake about an hour climb or drive best I can do thanks.
Just went here, beach looks nothing like that. Most people have taken the glass, its a nice beach but not like the pics of nothing but glass pabbles, its mainly just rocks, shells sand and some glass pebbles here and there.
*see posted photo 10/3/18 No access to The Glass Beach, it is completely fenced off. The surrounding landscape is beautiful! Nice paved walking path and easy to use sand pathways.
I was just there. It doesn't look like that. The beach is spectacular, but it does not look like that.
We were there this past Summer and loved it. Can't wait to go back
You can walk on the glass beach but the sea glass is small. We were in the area and it is free so we stopped. Would not make a special trip to see it. It is only a short walk from the parking area.
Interesting to see how thoughts and attitudes toward the environment have changed in California since the 1960’s, and the success in turning a dump into an attraction, but the glass pebbles are so tiny we had to go in close to see the difference between them and rocks.
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