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Wallace Creek Interpretive trail is an easy 2 mile out and back hike that follows Wallace creek and shows the changes made by earthquakes and movement on the San Andreas Fault. In springtime, this hike provides more views of Carizo Plain’s and the Temblor Range’s spectacular Wildflower dispays.
- Distance: 1.2
Location: 35.271198, -119.827171
L @ Y. Standing on the edge of the San Andreas fault, see the effects first hand as you gaze upon the two dramatic turns in Wallace Creek ahead. Take the trail left to walk the distance the Pacific tectonic plate has moved from the North American plate.
Returning fom WC003, head R as the trail ascends to a higher lookout for another perspective.
Location: 35.271111, -119.826607
Wallace Creek Overlook. The two tectonic plates meet here and have been slowly moving apart widening Wallace Creek. Continue on the trail towards the colorful hills of the Temblor Range (Springtime Wildflowers are amazing here).
Location: 35.271832, -119.828117
The 400 feet traveled from WC002 is the amount the creek has shifted by the forces of the San Andreas Fault. The Pacific plate is moving 1.3′ per year towards San Francisco, pushing Wallace creek further north. Retrace route back to WC002 and continue your trek.
Location: 35.271442, -119.821724
Trail ends with a great view of the Temblor Range and one of the main features of the Carizo Plain. Retrace route back to trailhead.
Location: 35.267399, -119.827072
Wallace Creek Trailhead. Head north on the sandy trail to Wallace Creek. The trail cuts through a large field of Fiddleneck wildflowers prevelant in the Carizo Plain during the spring. Wallace Creek is dry most of the year.
Location: 35.267529, -119.826958
Location: 35.271751, -119.827957
Bend in the Creek
Location: 35.271175, -119.826744
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Wallace Creek Trail
Location: 35.271542, -119.825043