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.