Golden Gardens

Low Tide Adventure. Seattle, Washington

Golden Gardens is a large, popular waterfront park where it is fairly common for families to come out during low tide to explore. This is a great location for those new to tide-pooling as there are typically plenty of people around who can provide clues as to where you should look. The main area you will want to focus on will be the very northernmost part of the beach. Most of the beachfront south of here is sandy and even more popular, not recipe for good lookings.

 

You may be disappointed if you come too early before the lowest tide. The real action won't be happening until it recedes past 1' and the larger boulders are revealed, where the greatest density of visible creatures can be found. Heading past the north end of the park on the beach you will round a corner that you would not normally be able to access. Beyond this point you will see rocks in the sand. These are the main feature, but there is also plenty to see in the territory in-between. Head back before the water submerges your path round the corner.

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Red Sea Cucumber

Cucumber

Cucumaria miniata
Cucumaria miniata

Red Sea Cucumber

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Cucumaria miniata
Cucumaria miniata

Red Sea Cucumber

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Cucumaria miniata
Cucumaria miniata

Red Sea Cucumber

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Cucumaria miniata

Red Sea Cucumber

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Clams

Clammy

Panopea generosa
Panopea generosa

Pacific Geoduck

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Zirfaea pilsbryi
Zirfaea pilsbryi

Rough Piddock

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Panopea generosa
Panopea generosa

Pacific Geoduck

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Anemones

Jelly

Urticina crassicornis
Urticina crassicornis

Painted Anemone

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Urticina crassicornis
Urticina crassicornis

Painted Anemone

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Anthopleura artemisia
Anthopleura artemisia

Moonglow anemone and red sea cucumber

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Urticina crassicornis

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LOCATION

Simply park at the northern most lot at Golden Gardens and walk along the path to the beach at Meadow Point. When you hit the beach head to the right and round a corner. This is where the majority of the action will be. 

 

For an extra-great low tide adventure you can follow the beach north all the way to Carkeek Park, about a 3 mile walk. This will require some planning to ensure that your route is water free in both directions.