Big Basin State Park is home to a wide assortment of ecosystems. The park starts inland and works its way to the Pacific Ocean ending at Waddell Beach. This beach is right along Highway 1 and may just be the perfect place for a picnic. As with all beaches, the material on the beach is made from the local geology. And as the Pacific Coast is near an active plate boundary the beaches in California are rocky. Rocks of all shapes and sizes are washed up on the beach and are polished as they ride the waves. And here most rocks are of different types of chert which are common in Northern California. Tidepools are also common here as well as many other beaches in the area. This beach is rather calm for being right off Highway 1. Kites join the many gulls flying above the waves, only falling at the end of a breeze.