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Point Reyes tidal pools

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Point Reyes tidal pools

We REALLY want to see some tidal pools. Is the walk down (and up) to Palomarin beach reasonable for two 50 somethings with what used to be called beer bellies but we prefer tp call them 6 pack abs? Is there a better place to see the pools?

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1. Re: Point Reyes tidal pools

It's not bad. Here's a picture of the area:

californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi…

The trail to the beach is kind of obscured by the vegetation but it drops fairly gently down the ravine behind the cliffs above the beach.

Duxbury Reef is close by and a little easier to reach and I think is a better spot for tidepooling.

Both Palomarin and Duxbury Reef are accessed by a road from Bolinas and are not near any of the main roads in the National Seashore. If you were going to spend the day in the Seashore, there are some great tidepools at McClure's Beach that would be a shorter drive to get to.

The tidepools at McClure's are around the southernmost point of the beach. There's a notch you walk through. You can see it in this picture:

californiacoastline.org/cgi-bin/image.cgi…

Make sure you go at a minus tide for best viewing. Here's a description of McClure's Beach.

protrails.com/trail/san-francisco-marin-head…

If you can climb to the top of Elephant Rock, you have a good chance of seeing migrating whales if you go this month.

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2. Re: Point Reyes tidal pools

It's described as "strenuous", but I had no problem with it. Here's a 2007 article on tide pools in the SF Bay Area:

sfgate.com/outdoors/article/Ocean-bluffs-and…

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3. Re: Point Reyes tidal pools

I second Duxbury Reef. It's an incredible place for tidepooling. Also, conridical, you don't say where you are coming from, but IMO, Duxberry Reef is a much safer place to tidepool, especially if you are not familiar with the ocean. McClure has strong surf and can be dangerous.

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4. Re: Point Reyes tidal pools

Thanks for the feedback. Duxbury pools were great and easy to get to. Only slipped and fell twice out on the reef !

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