May 10, 2007
This trail goes from the Kenneth Patrick Visitors Center
northeast to the spit of Drakes Estero. It's best to take this hike at low
tide as there are coastal obstructions impassible at other times. There are
usually a number of birds and other sea life off shore as well as flowers just inland. Some tide pools are also visible
on the unusual rock formations buried in the sand. On the spit we also saw a
variety of marine life including seals.
From Point Reyes Station take Sir
Frances Drake west into the park. At about 14 miles take the road on your left
Drakes Beach There is a nice visitors
center at the end, as well as picnic tables and a monument to Sir Frances
Drake who reputedly landed here in 1597.
Plants Not Pictured:
Birdís Foot Lotus (Lotus corniculata)- Non native.
Brass Buttons (Cotula coronopifolia)- Non native.
Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum).
Dwarf Lupine (Lupinus bicolor).
Lindleyís Varied Lupine (Lupinus variicolor).
Minerís Lettuce (Claytonia perfoliata).
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum)-Non native.
Sheep Sorrel (Rumex acetosella)- Non native.
Wild Radish (Raphanus sativus)- Non native.
Yellow Ice Plant (Conicosia pugioniformis)- Non native.
Yellow Sand Verbena (Abronia latifolia).