Kelham Beach

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Hikers occasionally sunbathe or swim nude at stunning Kelham Beach, which also sports a gorgeous, spring-fed waterfall that spills down the cliffs. However, the main trail down to the sand is temporarily closed due to erosion of the hillside. "I went (nude) there four or five years ago," says Michael Velkoff. "Just past Arch Rock, which parallels the beach, there's a trail that cuts through the woods on the bluff above the beach and takes you there." He describes the final portion of the footpath to the sand as being "about 25 yards long."

 

Part of Point Reyes National Seashore.

How to find it:

In Point Reyes, a 4.8 mile trek from the Bear Valley trailhead, starting at the end of the Bear Valley Parking Lot, brings hikers to an overlook above Kelham. But getting there requires more like a three-to-six hour walk of just over 8 miles via the Bear Valley Trail, which is considered the Seashore's most popular path. You'll go through a forest of firs and other trees that provide protection from sun, wind, and fog, next to Bear Valley Creek. The beach overlook is at Arch Rock. Follow signs to Kelham Beach, off the Kelham Beach Trail, whose cutoff, near a huge eucalyptus tree, is about .8 mile north on the Coast Trail.

The beach:

The National Park Service calls Kelham a "quiet, secluded beach." For photos of Kelham and its waterfall, go to: www.scaruffi.com/monument/hikes07/rrey.html and Google images

The Crowd:

Probably just you and other hikers.

 

Problems:

Fog; wind; cold water; long hike; trail closed for now ("We advise visitors not to hike down to the beach," says the NPS); lack of others to help you if you fall.

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