2021 Summer Geology Beach Walks

We are announcing three different beach walks where you can learn more about the geology and sediments that form the bluffs and supply the beaches.

Each trip will run twice.  Because of parking and logistical difficulties, attendance is limited to about 20 participants for each trip. Here are the dates, trip details are below the registration button. Status as of JULY 9:

  • June 23, Port Williams, Sequim Bay   CLOSED
  • June 26, Nodule Point, Marrowstone Island   CLOSED
  • July 9, Nodule Point, Marrowstone Island   CLOSED 
  • July 10, Port Williams, Sequim Bay   CLOSED
  • July 23, North Beach, Port Townsend   5 spots left
  • Aug. 10, North Beach, Port Townsend  6 spots left

 

 

 

 

FORT WORDEN—NORTH BEACH, PORT TOWNSEND

  • Where: Meet at Fort Worden in the parking pad south of Battery Kinzie for a two-hour walk. State parks pass required to park here.
  • What: On the one-mile walk west towards North Beach county park, we’ll see a wide variety of glacial deposits including outwash and marine sediments, a peat layer, a “buried” forest, and glacial erratics on the beach. All are well exposed in a steep bluff at sea level. Generally, we walk up section (through younger deposits to the west). There are various return routes.
  • Leader: Kitty Reed, retired geologist, and several assistants.
  • For: Persons with limited geology background, easy walking across some bouldery section of beach.
  • To register. Download the registration form and mail with $20 check.
  • Fri. July 23, 9:30 am. Deadline to register is receipt of check and form by July 16.
  • Tues. Aug. 10, 11:00 am.  Deadline to register is receipt of check and form by Aug. 3.


PORT WILLIAMS, SEQUIM BAY

  • Where: Meet at Port Williams, NE of Sequim for a two-hour walk. Carpooling recommended; small parking lot at this county park.
  • What: We’ll see glacial deposits, including Vashon till and Possession drift, various outwash deposits, and locally derived alluvium of the Dungeness River. All are well exposed in a steep bluff at sea level.
  • Leader: Kitty Reed, retired geologist, and several assistants.
  • For: Persons with geology background. This is the least known of the three areas we’ll visit this summer. We invite active discussion. Generally easy walking
  • To register. BOTH TRIPS CLOSED.

 

NODULE POINT, MARROWSTONE ISLAND

  • Where: Meet at the East County Beach Park,  NE of Nordland on Marrowstone Island for a four-hour walk. Carpooling strongly recommended for this small (8-10 car) parking lot.
  • What: On the four-mile walk to the Point and back, we’ll see Vashon glacial till, outwash deposits, and glacial erratics. All well exposed in a steep bluff at sea level and on the beach. At the point, well see sandstone of Scow Bay, a basalt dike that intruded the sandstone, and many cemented sandstone concretions (not nodules, despite the point’s name). They are worth the long walk.
  • Leader: Michael, retired geologist, and several geohelpers.
  • For: Persons with limited geology background. This is the only walk that encounters bedrock of the three areas we’ll visit this summer.  Moderate walking across some bouldery beach, your shows will get wet.
  • To register. BOTH TRIPS CLOSED.

State Park Geology Signs

Using donations received from the folks who attend our events, the Jefferson Land Trust Geology Group has produced and donated geologic interpretive signs to our three local state parks: Fort Worden, Fort Townsend, and Fort Flagler. Each sign includes information about the glacial history which is fundamental to understanding our local geology. Each sign also includes park-specific information.

We hope you will take a moment to enjoy these signs when you visit your local state parks.

FORT WORDEN STATE PARK: Follow the road down to the beach area. At the north end of the boat-trailer parking lot adjacent to the pier, there is a large ‘pay station’ signboard. The geology sign is on the north-facing side of this signboard. Preview of this sign Stories in Motion you see at top of this posting. Click here to view sign details…

FORT TOWNSEND STATE PARK: Follow the entry road to the welcome-registration kiosk. Turn left and go about 70 feet downhill to the parking lot that abuts the open Parade Ground. You can then see the large Park signboard with a mural on the north side. On the south side of the signboard, you will see two signs and a handout with geologic interpretive information. Click here to view sign details…

FORT FLAGLER STATE PARK: Follow the road into the park and, at the 4-way stop, turn left toward the camping registration kiosk. Continue on this winding road all the way to its end at the beach camping area. There is a large signboard at the road side and the interpretive sign is on its east-facing side. Click here to view sign details…

Geology of bluff along North Beach, Fort Worden

GEOLOGIC GUIDE TO BLUFF ALONG NORTH BEACH FORT WORDEN Oct 2019

Guide to the Geology of the Bluff along North Beach, Fort Worden

Have you ever looked up at the bluffs while walking along the beach at Fort Worden and wondered how the layers formed?  If so, you’ll want to use this self-guided tour of the North Beach bluff from Fort Worden to North Beach parking lot to learn about what you see.

This guide describes the geology along a one mile stretch of the north shore, extending westward from Point Wilson at Fort Worden State Park. The walk is less than a mile one way.

The geologic interpretations will provide you with a concise understanding of these beautiful Pleistocene glacial deposits… Have fun and save your questions for the next Quimper Geological Society talks.