Ragged Point (California)

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Ragged Point seen from the Ragged Point Inn. The point itself is not the nearest cliff but rather the lower flat-topped outcropping in the distance.

Ragged Point is a headland on California's Central Coast. It is located at the southern end of Big Sur in northern San Luis Obispo County. The Ragged Point Inn and Resort is located in the area, which, as with much of Big Sur, features seaside cliffs, beaches, and hiking trails.[1]


Ragged Point is located in northwestern San Luis Obispo County at 35°45′35″N 121°19′40″W / 35.7596892°N 121.3277061°W / 35.7596892; -121.3277061[2]Coordinates: 35°45′35″N 121°19′40″W / 35.7596892°N 121.3277061°W / 35.7596892; -121.3277061[2], about 7 miles (11 km) north of the Piedras Blancas Light Station. The rocky headland marks the southern end of the small bay where San Carpoforo Creek empties into the Pacific Ocean. There is a short beach just north of the outcropping called Ragged Point Beach, which is separated by a rock from the San Carpoforo Creek Beach and the San Carpoforo Creek Trail. The area around Ragged Point is home to various forms of wildlife, including elephant seals, sea otters, and birds such as the Western snowy plover.[1][3]

The area is home to the Ragged Point Inn and Resort, which is not located at the Ragged Point headland itself but rather 1.8 miles (2.9 km) north on Highway 1 in a small hamlet also called Ragged Point.[1] The resort was built by Wiley and Mildred Ramey starting in the late 1950s on property that was formerly part of the Hearst Ranch.[4] The modern resort includes a hotel, restaurant, and wedding facilities, and it provides access to Young Creek Beach, a black sand beach accessible by a steep hike down a 400-foot (120 m) cliff.[5]

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  1. ^ a b c "Ragged Point Beach". CaliforniaBeaches.com. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  2. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Ragged Point
  3. ^ "San Carpoforo Creek Trail". Hikesin.com. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  4. ^ "Our Story". Ragged Point Inn and Resort. Retrieved September 9, 2019.
  5. ^ "Young Creek Beach at Ragged Point Inn in San Simeon, California". CaliforniaBeaches.com. Retrieved September 9, 2019.

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