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Point Reyes Sculpture and Secret Beach Hike during Low Tide

Rating 2A, approximately 7 miles

Contact: Julie VanTilburg [masked]

Wednesday, December 12th - Meet at 1pm at Laguna Trailhead parking lot, located just past the Point Reyes Hostel.

Explore Sculpture and Secret beach shoreline during an exceptional low tide.

An outdoor enthusiasts playground - scrambling over, under, and around boulders and rock outcrops; walk through keyholes; hear and feel the power of the ocean to your side and then experience silence as you walk into the nearly perfect spherical amphitheater with colossal vertical cliffs and curvature sculpted by erosive processes. You’ll be among bountiful mussels clinging to its rocks and other sea creatures like anemones and sea stars, sea grass, shorebirds, hawks, and more. Half the distance will be on the trail and half on the beaches. It is an out and back trek.

Note: We will be up against time with the tides and the sun. Thus, the hike will begin on time.

Directions: From US 101 in Marin County, exit Sir Francis Drake/San Anselmo. Drive west on Sir Francis Drake about 20 miles, to the junction with CA 1, turn right, drive 0.1 mile, and then turn left onto Bear Valley Road. Around 1.3 miles turn left onto Limantour Road. 6.3 miles later and descending a very steep hill, you will arrive at a cross roads signed for “Hostel and Education Center”. Turn left and proceed carefully along this one-lane wide driveway. The Laguna Trailhead parking area is on the right side of the road after .5 miles (shortly after passing the hostel. Carpool:

You are responsible for arranging for your own carpools.

No water or bathrooms at the trailhead parking. Consider stopping at the Bear Valley Visitor center on the way in. There is water and bathrooms at Coast Camp which is shy of 2 miles into the hike from trailhead.

Bring plenty of water (2 to 3 liters for trail and extra water in car). Recommend eating lunch before the hike, and bring snack food. There is much exposer to weather elements such as sun, rain, and wind - bring weather appropriate gear (sunscreen, sun hat, and/or rain and wind gear to name a few).  In addition, bring a headlamp in case it gets dark before getting off trail.

Heavy Rain cancels. No dogs.

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  • Fränzi

    Unforgettable hike along the sounding sea with breathtaking views and wonderful company! We saw lovely ocean-creatures as sea-stars and cormorants. Thank you so much for organizing this fabulous walk! What a great opportunity for a tourist to explore hidden places, practice English with adorable locals and learn how to play Billiard in a Western Saloon!

    January 7, 2013

  • Kathleen

    What a wonderful hike and after hike pool/pizza party in Point Reyes Station's only saloon! Thank you Julie for a splendid outing!!!

    December 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Fabulous

    December 12, 2012

  • JulieV

    Hike is on. As expected, some chance of showers in the afternoon, low to mid 50's and dropping as sun sets. Since it could be muddy and Laguna trail is quite uneven at spots, would not hurt to bring your hiking poles, but not required by any means. Consider bringing an extra pair of dry clothes to leave at your car.

    December 12, 2012

  • Lorie

    did not mean to sign up for event...just join, sorry!

    December 11, 2012

  • Kathleen

    Hi Elizabeth,
    I'm interested in carpooling, as a rider, to this hike. I could meet you either at North Berkeley BART, or another BART station. If you're the same Elizabeth who is going to this Sunday's GLS party at 12:20 PM, then I'll be meeting you soon.

    December 6, 2012

    • Wendy

      Yes, sounds safer to take my own car. Sorry to miss the company out and back. See you there.

      December 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      We'll miss your company, as well. See you at Pt Reyes.

      December 11, 2012

  • Fränzi

    Hi, I would love to join this hike and be most grateful if anybody could give me a ride for gas. I may meet you wherever public transportation or my feet could carry me to. Thanks a lot!

    December 10, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Franzi, Sounds as if you have a ride. Elizabeth

      December 10, 2012

    • Fränzi

      Yes, thank goddess I've found somebody to carpool. Debra I'll send you an Email with my location and phone number. Thanks a lot!

      December 10, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am happy to carpool from the East Bay. I can meet anyone in north Berkeley, Albany, or El Cerito.

    December 6, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Awesome! I could meet you an Kathleen in El Cerrito easily enough. :)

      December 7, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Sarah. I drove by the El Cerito Plaza BART this a.m. to check out pick-up. I will be at the west side of the station where there is a patron drop-off, pick-up spot across the street from the parking lot. It is right outside the exit doors from the BART.

      December 10, 2012

  • JulieV

    Great to see so many interested in the trip. I'm expecting a handful of others in addition to those who have responded on the meetup group. I'd like to remind everyone to be sure to dress warm and bring appropriate gear: rain gear (including rain pants & jacket), gloves/hat, headlamp, snack food, and water. Even if you don't wear the gear, I would like for you to have it available. There is a chance of showers and it could get dark before we get back to the cars. It is imparative that you are equiped for the weather. Cold+wet can equal hypothermia. After Fairfax, there is not reliable cell coverage for my phone [masked]). If I know you are running late, I can wait at most until 1:15pm. Thus, I encourage you to schedule your time with interest in making it early. I may not get your message, and our goal is to start the hike at 1pm. Rain, fog, or sunshine, this is a beautiful place with a lot of life to be in its midst. Look forward to sharing this special place with you.

    December 9, 2012

  • Wendy

    I can also carpool, leaving from the Pt Richmond area.

    December 6, 2012

    • Kathleen

      Hi Elizabeth and Sarah,

      December 8, 2012

    • Kathleen

      Darn return! Anyway, how would meeting at the El Cerrito Plaza BART station work for you? And Elizabeth, what time should we meet? I don't have a good sense of how much time this would take car wise.

      December 8, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    This sounds like a great trip. Anyone available for carpooling? I can meet you any place that BART goes.

    October 30, 2012

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