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California parks closed because of ‘Pineapple Express’ storm

Traffic moves slowly across the Golden Gate Bridge in the high winds and rain Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in this view from Sausalito, Calif.
Traffic moves slowly across the Golden Gate Bridge in the high winds and rain Thursday, Dec. 11, 2014, in this view from Sausalito, Calif. AP

This may not be the best time to enjoy California’s parks.

The massive storm lashing the state, swelling rivers and closing schools has also forced some park closures. You can find the latest updates on the California State Parks Twitter feed or the California Department of Parks and Recreation website, but as of a gray and increasingly windy and wet Thursday, here is a list of closures:

Bay Area:

· Angel Island State Park

· Tomales Bay State Park

· Sonoma Coast State Park

· Mount Diablo State Park summit

· Annadel State Park

· Petaluma Adobe State Historic Park

· Mount Tamalpais State Park

· Olompali State Historic Park

· Richardson Grove State Park

· Samuel P. Taylor State Park’s campground

San Luis Obispo:

· Hearst San Simeon State Historical Monument (Hearst Castle) is closed, with no tours available.

Santa Cruz County:

· Big Basin Redwoods State Park, New Brighton State Beach, Seacliff State Beach, and Sunset State Beach will likely remain shuttered through next Wednesday.

Monterey County:

· Carmel River State Beach, Julia Pfieffer Burns State Park and Point Lobos State Natural Reserve won’t allow visitors on Thursday or Friday.

Mendocino County:

· MacKerricher and Van Damme campgrounds are closed.

San Mateo County:

· Ano Nuevo State Park is closed to day use.

Monterey County:

· Coastal Trail at Asilomar State Beach and Stevenson Garden within Monterey State Historic Park are both closed.

Trinity County:

· Weaverville Joss House State Historic Park is dealing with a power outage that has closed the visitor center and temple.

Call Jeremy B. White, Bee Capitol Bureau, (916) 326-5543.

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