POINT REYES 

DRAKES BEACH TRAIL

May 10, 2007
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Trail Description: 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.

Trail Location:
From Point Reyes Station take Sir Frances Drake west into the park. At about 14 miles take the road on your left to 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).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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