McCurdy Point Story with Photos!
McCurdy Point Trip with Photos
Tue Aug 11 04:09:30 2009
Hi David and Lin
I love your website! Thank you for sharing info. My daughters and I are going to 'glass beach' on the Olympic Peninsula this week. I am wondering how long (time-wise) the walk is from North Beach to McCurdy Point?
I am thinking we will TRY to not "look down" and just get out to the point as soon as we can and then beach-come back later as the tide comes in.
Aug 11, 2009 Hi Teryl,
Thank you for your delightful note.
The walk to McCurdy is aproximately 4 miles, so at a decent clip of 3 miles per hour, it would take about an hour and twenty minutes. Round trip is 2 hours and 40 minutes of hiking. So you need to allow that time aside from time looking for sea glass, etc.
Depending on the day, tide, currents, and who knows what, you will find a lot of beach glass from North Beach all the way. But apparently some days are better than Others...I think.
Lin and I went over to North Beach last Friday, but with a limited amount of time and knowing we weren't even going to try to make it all the way. We went to just beyond "Sea Glass Rock". As far as I can estimate, that is about 2/3 of the way to the point.
Just going there and back we were kind of burnt out, but then again, we weren't hustling to make it all the way and we spent a lot of the "hike" bent over. Plus, age is creeping up on us and our joints cry out. But we got a lot of sea glass!
No fantastic finds except for one almost black but dark red piece. Lots of small cobalt, other blues, unusual greens, etc.
What I would do is set a time limit to
your hike, ie, at X o'clock, we need to turn around.
Then take your time coming back. Otherwise, you may forget how far you have walked and end up trying to scram back and not enjoy the return hike!
Have fun, and we wish we were going with you!
David and Lin
PS - Oh, just so you know when you have gotten to "Sea Glass Rock," this photo shows old retaining pilings you will see at one point. If you haven't seen these pilings, you aren't close to Sea Glass Rock yet.
Thanks for all the info David and Lin!
We are going tomorrow and can't wait. I think the weather will be perfect for beachcombing. We are planning to get to the point around two and meander back. Thanks for the picture of the pilings and the one in your blog of 'the sea glass rock' - the landmarks will help! I'll let you know how the beach is!
Aug 14, 2009 8:30 p.m.
We went to McGurdy Point this week - it was hard work but fun!
We left North Beach about noon, got to the point around 2, stayed in the area for a couple hours and headed back.
We didn't give ourselves quite enough time with the tides and got a bit wet on the way back!
Sea Glass Catch
It's interesting how different beaches produce different glass. On a recent trip to Orcas we found lots of thin dime sized pieces of glass (good for earrings) but at Glass Beach the waves must be rougher as the pieces were smaller and thicker - maybe the beach is just picked over - it is late in the 'beachcombing' season.
Sea Glass Colors
Even though the pieces were smallwe found so much! Beautiful aqua and sky blue, 3-4 red - one almost orange, some pink and yellow. What an addicting hobby!
Beach Pottery Shards