is part of the
Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
The bay is fed with fresh water by estuaries—Estero de
Limantour and Drakes Estero.
The latter can be overlooked by hiking
Sunset Beach Trail.
And to overlook Drakes Bay, the headland trail to
and the surf-probed
is the way to go.
From this trail, hikers enjoy views of the Point Reyes farm lands, the
the fish docks (left middle section of picture)
and the historic lifeboat station (bottom section of picture).
The station was constructed in 1927 with the goal to end the loss of ships
and lives along the coast.
Unfortunately—as we can read on an interpretive board—four
members of the life-saving crew were struck by tragedy and died during
the first four years of operation.