Drakes Bay with Point Reyes Lifeboat Station

Drakes Bay with Point Reyes Liefeboat Station

Historic lifeboat station (in front) with fish docks not very far off

Drakes Bay 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 Chimney Rock and the surf-probed natural bridge is the way to go. From this trail, hikers enjoy views of the Point Reyes farm lands, the sandstone cliffs, 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.
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