High hills reach the ocean just north of Waddell Creek, on the coastline between Santa Cruz and Ana Nuevo, forcing Highway 1 to follow to the beach. The roadway is protected from El Nino storms by an impressive riprap revetment and from the still-collapsing bluff by a high fence of cable netting.
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There's an impressive ledge of exposed rock on the platform that appears to act like a big groin, influencing the shape of the local shoreline. I suppose it makes it a little easier to protect the road to the north, a little more difficult to protect the road to the south.