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Our 36th annual guide to Bay Area nude beaches
07.06.10 - 2:19 pm | Gary Hanauer |
MUIR BEACH PHOTO BY AMANDA BOGGS
Directions: From San Francisco, head west to Ocean Beach, then go south on the Great Highway. After Sloat Boulevard, the road goes uphill. From there, curve right onto Skyline Boulevard, go past one stoplight, and look for signs for Funston on the right. Turn into the public lot and find a space near the west side. At the southwest end, take the sandy steps to the beach, turn right, and walk to the dunes. Find a spot as far as possible from the parking lot. Do not go nude here on the weekends. And if you don't like dogs, go elsewhere.
LAS TRAMPAS REGIONAL WILDERNESS, CASTRO VALLEY
Nudity's banned in the East Bay Regional Park District, but if you tell that to the nude hikers who will be once again walking across park land July 23 and Aug. 22 — at night — they may moon you en masse. On America's only naked "Full Moon Hikes," participants leave the grounds of the Sequoians Naturist Club in Castro Valley fully clothed at dusk and walk through meadows and up hills until the moon rises, before heading back down the slopes with their clothes folded neatly into their backpacks. Says Dave Smith, of San Leandro: "It's truly wonderful. Except for deer, we're usually the only ones on the path." Agrees James, of Fremont: "It's one of the best experiences I've ever had. You're walking in this silvery light. The moonlight is flooding everything. You feel like you're in the middle of a beautiful dream."
Directions: Contact the Sequoians Naturist Club (www.sequoians.com) or the Bay Area Naturists (www.bayareanaturists.org) for details on how to join a walk. Participants usually meet at and return to the Sequoians Club. To get there, take Highway 580 east to the Crow Canyon Road exit. Or follow 580 west to the first Castro Valley off-ramp. Take Crow Canyon Road toward San Ramon 0.75 mile to Cull Canyon Road. Then follow Cull Canyon Road around 6.5 miles to the end of the paved road. Take the dirt road on the right until the "Y" in the road and keep left. Shortly after, you'll see the Sequoians sign. Proceed ahead for about another 0.75 mile to the Sequoians front gate.
DEVIL'S SLIDE, MONTARA
Will they be having a devil of a time in paradise? For the first time, rangers say they'll begin enforcing state anti-nudity regulations if offended beachgoers complain about the nudists who visit Gray Whale Cove, which is commonly called Devil's Slide. The good news: It's a nonissue because cell phones (used to summon rangers) don't work on the beach, so by the time cops arrive, the offenders have long since suited up or left. And the beach's top enforcer told us he won't be telling rangers to bust nudists they see. Most visitors love the long sandy shore, where nudies, about 20 percent of visitors, hang out on the north end.
Directions: Driving from San Francisco, take Highway 1 south through Pacifica. Three miles south of the Denny's restaurant in Linda Mar, turn left (inland or east) on an unmarked road, which takes you to the beach's parking lot and to a 146-step staircase leads to the sand. "The steps are in good shape," Ron says. Coming from the south on Highway 1, look for a road on the right (east), 1.2 miles north of the Chart House restaurant in Montara.
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