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California Sunset, Pt. Reyes National Seashore
by Lisa Leinbaugh

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This photo was taken on a beach which receives virtually no visitors, despite its proximity to San Francisco. Why? It's a combination of being backed by steep cliffs along its entire 2-mile length, and having its ends protected by rocky points which jut out into the sea. These points have "keyholes," which are only passable for an hour or so during unusually low tides. Combine that with time-of-day, weather, and weekend constraints, and the average person has only a chance or two per year to see these beaches. (And you still get plenty wet, and better hike quick lest you get trapped!)