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Part night hike to Secret Beach, 16 miles 2000 feet elev. gain (Point Reyes)

 

HIKE STATS: Start Time 2am Yes I mean 2 AM Sunday Morning

Distance 16 miles loop

Moving speed , usually around 3mph.

Elevation Change +/- 2000ft

Difficulty Advanced, due to distance

Meetup FEE  $1

Organized by Chris J. ** e mail me if you have questions**

Important, this will be a partial ***night hike ***mostly on single track trail, !!!!

Don't forget that head lamp.

 

***Why so early??** Secret beach / cave is only accesible at minus tides, -1.8 feet at 5.30 am.

we should arrive at sculptured beach at around 5-530am

If we are lucky and the sky is clear (small chance) we have the full moon in the sky and then set into the ocean

 

 

The hiking route is pretty much the standard loop  I am doing, except for the secret beach part, many of us have been at Sculptured Beach and wondered what is beyond that one arch / beach and around the next corner. Today will walk under the small arch and continue down the beach and around the next corner, to explore the beach all the way down to Point Resistance. I am planning on taking the short scramble up to the coastal trail (some Poison Oak, can be present) coastal trail to Kelham beach, walk down the beach , go under the Arch Rock arch scramble up the rock scramble and return via bear valley trail to the visitor center.

 

quote from the web :

A protruding, scalable rock formation at the southern end of Sculptured Beach is riddled with inviting tide pools, and is the northern frame of a turbulent cove; the cove’s far side is defined by a similar outcrop with a distinguishable arch in its center (see photo gallery). South of these outcrops is Secret Beach. Celebrated for its caves, tunnels and sea stacks, Secret Beach is arguably one of Point Reyes’ most interesting but least accessible beaches. Consult a Ranger for specific travel details, requirements and tide tables.

Pic's from a prev hike  (don't know how many flowers we actually will see, since we pass some areas in the dark)

going the loop in the other direction on a clear night.

http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=8031842

and the same direction I am planning, from 2 years ago,

http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=1960722

(we won't get the killer sunrise in the forest)

 

Important things you need to know, do not sign up if you have problems with that!!

**Rock Scramble, a short rock scramble at Arch Rock, there are links for pics in the hike write up, and a couple pic's posted below.

** 3-3.5 miles on the beach,

***WEATHER*** will be cool / cold at night and morning. dress in layers!!!

**** partial ** night hike****

**Poison Oak, a few trails have it on the side, know what it looks like.

**the short cup scramble up from secret beach had some Poison Oak last time, it was easy to get around as long as you know what it looks like and pay attention

A few short , steep / up / down / sections, possible some muddy spots.

** you have to answer a couple questions when you sign up, If I do not see any answers I will change your Rsvp to NO.

(I do want to make sure everybody knows about the short rock scramble and taking shoes off, I know it sounds overboard but been there done that, I have used the same hike write up before and one person still commented about not being on the hike if she would have known about the scramble).

Meeting point, at the rest room in the dirt parking lot, on the left, go past the visitor center.

 

Do not !!!! take Hwy 1 to get to Olema, take hwy 101 and Sir Francis Drake Blvd

Important notes short Rock Scramble, steep up / down / slippery / muddy trail sections /

3 mile hike on the beach, a few sections wher you have to watch out for Poison Oak read all the details below You should have hiked 12+ miles with at least 1500 feet elev. gain lately in order to attend this hike, moving speed is usually around 2.5- 3mph  on most of my hikes ]

 

 

 

 

 

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Rock Scramble we have to do a short rock scramble at arch rock, here are some links to pic's     http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/photos/889897/14487911/ (you can see a hiker standing on top, short scramble down on the other side, you can click on all sizes then original to see a bigger pic. http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/photos/889897/14431953/ (the tide should be low and no waves going into the arch) http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/photos/889897/14431945/ another shot of the rock scramble we have to go up  http://www.meetup.com/SuperFab/photos/all_photos/?photoAlbumId=913920

 

Trail Condition[/b]: Some short steep up/down sections, possible some muddy spots, Clear and easy to follow, with signed junctions. Bear Valley Trail, the final section of the loop, is a wide, smooth and level track open to cyclists as well as hikers.

 

**** WAIVER please read and sign the waiver I will bring to the hike, I will have your name written on it**** http://files.meetup.com/220424/Super_Fabulicious_waiver.pdf

 

BRING PLENTY OF WATER[B-)] !!! 2-3 liters , lunch, snacks etc. There is no water avail. at the trail, only at the parking lot.[/color] Link to the map   http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/upload/map_park.pdf

 

Weather, dress in layers, as it will be chilly at night, possible foggy, windy

 

 

CARPOOLS: Fewer cars at the trailhead is always happiness. Meetup does not organize carpools; however we are a friendly group with lots of folks who are interested in sharing rides. If you'd like to offer a ride, please leave a comment in your RSVP letting folks know where you're coming from and how many spaces there are. If you'd like to ride as a passenger, it is YOUR JOB to check the website RSVP list and contact any of the nice people offering a ride to see if they still have a space for you. If you're a passenger and your plans change, please be sure to let the driver know.

 

[b]***Directions to Bear Valley / Point Reyes****[/b] http://www.nps.gov/pore/planyourvisit/directions.htm#CP_JUMP_120643 Google map, the satellite view will show the parking lot and visitor center. http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&hl=en&geocode=&saddr=&daddr=38.040259,-122.799371&mra=mi&mrsp=0&sz=17&sll=38.040259,-122.799232&sspn=0.004064,0.006609&ie=UTF8&... Recommended way to get there is SIR FRANCIS DRAKE BLVD and not Hwy 1!! Drive all the way to the end of Sir Francis Drake Blvd, you will hit a T intersection with a stop sign in Olema, turn right onto Hwy 1 there, take your next left after around 300 feet, take the next left after about 0.25 miles (the park entrance) .

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  • Sfmp3

    I feel my legs I cant feel my legs. Do I have legs. you bet ya. read for next hike.
    Nicholas

    June 24, 2013

  • Miller H.

    Slept like a rock last night, but really enjoyed this hike. Thanks for organizing another great one, Chris.

    June 24, 2013

  • Richard

    I through together a Google Map of the hike at http:goo.gl/maps/XVgTM; there is an elevation profile in the Photo Album at photo #67; click through "All Sizes" to the high resolution version to see full detail.

    June 23, 2013

  • Richard

    Excellent hike. Great workout; too bad about the weather.

    June 23, 2013

  • Mary

    Chris

    Chris:
    It was absolutely wonderful. Thank you very much, our awesome and fearless leader. Great meeting everyone and sharing our special adventure. M

    June 23, 2013

  • Giulia

    So worth the 2am start! Great hike

    June 23, 2013

  • David

    Thanks again chris for leading the hike.. it was very fun. Also very nice to meeting you all, hope we'll do more hike again.. cya :)

    June 23, 2013

  • Chris J.

    here is my gps track, looks like we did close to 18 miles, since I did not use the shortcut from secret beach to the trail, due to the fact that it was still kinda dark going down at sculptured and I wanted to go through there at more daylight, so we backtracked and took the trail.

    http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=2189781&code=106df4522c59b3dff89c9ac11b8140b0

    June 23, 2013

  • dan

    chris, looks like it was a great hike! wish i could have been there!

    June 23, 2013

  • Drew C.

    Great hike, well planned and led.. thanks Chris! And was fun meeting all of you ...

    June 23, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I won't be able to go if I can't catch ride from SF...

    June 21, 2013

    • Carlos A.

      Hi Drew, Yes I am.

      June 22, 2013

    • Carlos A.

      i sent you an email

      June 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry but won't be able to go...bc o can't can ride :(

    June 22, 2013

  • Bobbie

    interest in carpool from Mountain view

    June 20, 2013

    • Carlos A.

      Hi Robert. OK well I will head up north and can meet you at a convenient location. Do you want to do some of the driving? I would like someone that can drive stick shift if we are taking my car, because on the way back its good to have more people just in case exhaustion sets in.

      June 21, 2013

    • Robert

      Hey atico, so sorry but I won't be able to make it tomorrow... Hope others can join you

      June 22, 2013

  • ajai

    sent email as to why i cant make :(

    June 22, 2013

  • Sonia

    This sounds like a killer hike! If I can carpool with someone, I would totally be up for going. I live in Berkeley and can easily meet someone that is leaving from the East Bay.

    June 22, 2013

  • Sfmp3

    See you all their yo!

    June 21, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone driving from SF? I would love to catch ride with someone! Thanks!

    June 21, 2013

  • Carlos A.

    Anyone else want to Carpool from South Bay? If not I can meet up people in SF and carpool from there.

    June 20, 2013

  • Reiko

    Woot woot!

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anybody coming up from South Bay?

    June 18, 2013

    • Misha

      So, where are we meeting? Atico is in Mountain View and I am in Sunnyvale. Nabeel? We can meet at Mountain View caltrain station, if that's north most location. What time? 12.45AM?

      1 · June 20, 2013

    • Misha

      Guys, Sorry I need to cancel. Have to be local on Sun morning.

      June 20, 2013

  • Caitie C.

    This sounds like fun! I'm interested in going. Any carpools from Marin?

    June 19, 2013

  • Misha

    Carpool from southbay/peninsula? I can drive and take 3.

    June 18, 2013

    • Carlos A.

      Hi Misha, Im interested in Carpooling. I live in Mountain View. I can meet you where is more convenient.

      June 19, 2013

  • Angelina S.

    Do sad this day isn't going to work for me. I'm in next time.

    June 19, 2013

  • Charles_Michael

    Sorry, gonna have to pass this time. Turns out i've got some stuff coming up this weekend :/

    June 19, 2013

  • farzana

    Sorry Chris, but I gotta get real about the start time of hike. Rather make room for someone who's never done it before. Have a great time.

    June 18, 2013

  • David

    yay.. thanks for chris for organizing. I'll be coming from orinda and I can either join a carpool or take one person. What is the approximate end time for the hike (back at car)?

    June 18, 2013

    • Chris J.

      past hikes have taken 6-7 hrs, my guess would be between 9-930 ish, always depends on the group

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I will be coming from the pleasant hill area. I can accommodate up to 5 additional in my truck, 4 comfortably.

    June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking forward to it! I will be driving down from Calistoga on Saturday night, and then returning to San Francisco after the hike. I am happy to give rides on either end.

    June 18, 2013

  • ajai

    Oh yes one ofy favorite hikes! Any chanceof join ing a carpool for this chris?

    June 17, 2013

    • Chris J.

      I have room from walnut creek, would meet at my place ,the condo where I live

      June 18, 2013

    • ajai

      Hey chris. What time would I need yo be at your place ( if you have room)

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am interested, and I can drive 3 others from Palo Alto!

    June 11, 2013

    • Carlos A.

      Hi Belen. I am also interested in joining the care pool and can split the gas with ya.

      June 18, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sorry guys! I didnt RSVP! I thought that maybe it wasnt going to happen and I made other plans :(

      June 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Overbooked. Damn. Next time. :(

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Looking to ride with someone from SF

    June 17, 2013

  • Richard

    Sounds like a good place to check out.

    June 17, 2013

  • dan

    i know it will be fun but, unfortunately, i get to work instead!

    June 17, 2013

  • Christine

    Hi Chris--thanks for hosting this hike--would love to join you if you do it again! Have fun!

    June 17, 2013

  • ajai

    Will there be carpool for this from like walnut creek? I would need to join one To go.

    June 17, 2013

  • Ming L.

    Outstanding job by Chris to detail the hike with words, hilites & pictures. There should be no surprises. Thanks!!

    June 17, 2013

  • Suzzette

    Out of town for this one, but please do it again!

    June 17, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is this on?

    June 12, 2013

    • Chris J.

      90 % Yes , I probably send out the e mail around or after the weekend

      1 · June 12, 2013

  • Katy B.

    I'm interested and can drive 3 others from San Francisco

    May 11, 2013

    • Jennifer

      Hey, are you still going on this hike? I'm very interested but want to know if it's still on! thanks!

      May 18, 2013

    • Katy B.

      Hi you guys. I'm actually scheduled for a class that Sunday now so won't be doing the hike. Next time for sure.

      June 9, 2013

  • Chris J.

    If I go through with the hike I will send out an e mail about 4-7 days before the date and then the waitlist will be open, when you add to the waitlist then you will have to answer the questions which come up with when rsvp for waitlist

    2 · May 20, 2013

  • Deepa

    Im interested but it says full with no waiting list :-(

    May 19, 2013

  • David

    just wondering if it's full or ready or if it's still tentative and the email invite is not out yet..

    May 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm in ... loved it last year!

    May 14, 2013

  • David

    I'm pretty interested too

    May 2, 2013

  • dan

    another night time adventure.....i am ready!

    May 1, 2013

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