PT. REYES 
SCULPTURE BEACH
June 18, 2009
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Trail Description:
We had planned another hike, until one of our members mentioned a low tide. There are two amazing beach hikes at Pt. Reyes on low tide. One is Drakes Beach, and the other Sculpture Beach. Both revel strange wave sculpted Purisima rock formations often encrusted with sea life. Cliff flowers and shore birds are an additional plus. Taking the beach down to the sculptured rocks and the Coast trail back makes a good round trip for floral enthusiasts. 

Trail Location: Go to the end of Limantour Road. There is a parking lot off to the left about a quarter mile down with a bathroom. Trail map here

Park Page:
here
 
Blooming Plants Not Photographed:
NN=Non Native
Birdís Foot Trefoil (Lotus corniculatus)NN
Black Mustard (Brassica nigra)NN
Blue Bush Lupine (Lupinus propinquus)
Blue Eyed Grass (Sisyrinchium bellum)
Bull Thistle (Cirsium vulgare) NN
California Blackberry (Rubus ursinus)
California Everlasting (Gnaphalium californicum)
California Poppy (Eschscholzia californica)
Carolina Bristle Mallow (Modiola caroliniana)NN
Ceanothus ((Ceanothus thyrsiflorus)
Cinquefoil (Potentilla anserina)
Clarkia (Clarkia sp.)
Coastal Angelica (Angelica hendersonii)
Coastal Oxalis (Oxalis albicans)
Coastal Large Leaf Plantain (Plantago subnuda)
Coastal Morning Glory (Calystegia purpurata ssp. purpurata)
Cow Clover (Trifolium wormskioldii)
Cow Parsnip (Heracleum lanatum)
English Plantain (Plantago lanceolata)NN
Field Mustard (Brassica rapa)NN
Giant Vetch (Vicia gigantea)
Hedge Nettle (Stachys ajugoides var. rigida)Ice Plants (Carpobrotus chilensis & C. edulis)NN
Italian Thistle (Carduus pycnocephalus)NN
Live Forever (Dudleya farinosa)
Long Beaked Filaree (Erodium botrys) NN
Milk Thistle (Silybum marianum)NN
Narrow Leaf Flax (Linum bienne) NN
Ox Eye Daisy (Leucanthemum vulgare)NN
Pearly Everlasting (Anaphalis margaritacea)
Pineapple Weed (Chamomilla suaveolens)NN
Pink Geranium (Geranium core core)NN
Poison Hemlock (Conium maculatum)NN
Prickly Sow Thistle (Sonchus asper)NN
Purple Sand Spurrey (Spergularia rubra)NN
Red Stemmed Filaree (Erodium cicutarium)NN
Rough Catís Ears (Hypochaeris radicata)NN
Scarlet Pimpernel (Anagallis arvensis)NN
Sea Rocket (Cakile maritima)NN
Seaside Daisy (Erigeron glaucus)
Sand Flat Lotus (Lotus heermannii)
Seep Monkey Flower (Mimulus guttatus)
Sheep Sorrell (Rumex acetosella) NN
Silverleaf Cudweed (Gnaphalium pirpureum)
Skunkweed (Navarretia squarrosa)
Smooth Sow Thistle (Sonchus oleraceus)NN
Sticky Monkey Flower (Mimulus aurantiacus)
Stinging Nettle (Urtica dioica)
Varied Lupine (Lupinus variicolor)
Vetch (Vicia sativa)NN
Water Cress (Rorippa nasturtium-aquaticum)NN
White Clover (Trifolium repens)NN
Wightís Indian Paintbrush (Castilleja wightii)
Wild Strawberry (Fragaria vesca)
Yarrow (Achillea millefolium)




Ferns & Allies Not Photographed:
Bracken Fern (Pteridium aquilinum var. pubescens)
Common Horsetail (Equisetum arvense)
Sword Fern (Polystichum munitum)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Lizard Tail (Eriophyllum staechadifolium):The Lizard Tail bushes were smaller than usual as they were growing directly on the cliffs facing the beach.