Naturalist Trip - Alki Point


Naturalist Trip - Alki Point

-3.5 Low Tide at Constellation Marine Preserve/Charles Richey Viewpoint at South Alki. Seattle Aquarium naturalists will also be on the beach to help us and other members of the public explore the intertidal zone. Trip is open to all Mountaineers members; however, to join this trip you must be confidently able to safely walk on rocky, slippery, seaweed covered rocks while also not trampling on the intertidal creatures.

  • Easy
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 2.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 50 ft
  • Pace: meandering in the intertidal zone

9:30am  Meet at "The Intertidal World" art installation at the SW  Spokane St, West End (google map link , also shown in the picture, below) where we'll review the artist-rendered field guide posted there and talk about the ecology of the intertidal zone before venturing into the intertidal area.  Parking is not time limited on Beach Drive directly in front of the beach; however, it being a low tide day, parking there  may be limited. Another good place to park is along 63th Ave SW.  Public restrooms are located near the intersection of  63rd Ave SW and Alki Ave SW, about 0.4 mile walk from our meeting location (along 63rd, ~20 minute round trip walk).Intertidal Tiles (sm).jpg

  • -3.5 low tide is at  ~11:09am
  • In this Dropbox link are 2 field guides (one from Seattle Aquarium, one from UW), class material from Mountaineers Intro to Natural World course and an excel spreadsheet of July observations downloaded from iNaturalist  (LINK)
  • This video from Seattle Aquarium provides tips for visiting the intertidal zone  (LINK)
  • Detailed information will be provided to those on the roster approximately 1 week before the trip
  • Trip will be rescheduled or cancelled, if hazardous conditions or beach closure occurs. Low tides also occur on Aug 2, 3, 29 and 30.

Alki Beach Park & Alki Point

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

  • Waterproof footwear
  • Navigation
  • Cell phone, fully charged
  • Sun protection
  • First aid
  • Your own Field Guide
  • Optional: hand lens, hiking poles
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