Walking Tour of Drakes Bay with Mike Von der Porten

Sat, July 27, 2019, 10:00 am - 3:30 pm

Four hundred forty years ago this summer, Francis Drake arrived on our northern California shores. Shortly after, two other visitors, Cermeno (1595) and Vizcaino (1603), brought Europeans face-to-face with Native Californians. Then, for two centuries, the Europeans disappeared.

Learn about these early visitors and take a hike to the Drake landing site at Drakes Bay. Mike Von der Porten will lead the hike.


10 AM – meet in the Auditorium at the Bear Valley Visitor Center at Point Reyes National Seashore for a discussion of the three voyages, a look at the large model of the Golden Hind, orientation and questions.
11 AM – drive to Drakes Beach (18 miles, 40 minutes).
12 noon – picnic lunch at Drakes Beach picnic tables. Bring your own lunch and supplies. The restaurant has closed. If the gift shop is open, some snacks may be available.
1 PM – hike to Drakes Cove – Drake’s landing site with discussion along the way.
2 PM – optional hike up rough road to Drakes Cove overlook where Drake drew the scene.
2:30 PM – hike back to Drakes Beach. Head home on own.
Your own lunch, water, and snacks.
Sunscreen and hat.
Comfortable walking shoes. Most of the hike is along the hard sand beach.
Layers of jackets and clothing. It can be warm, almost hot, or quite windy and cold.
Mike Von der Porten has been part of the Drake research since he was 2 years old. His father, Edward, developed an outline for the Pacific World exhibition and his family’s collections are among the items on display. Mike is the Vice President of the Drake Navigators Guild, the group which has been researching the early explorers since 1949. He is also Treasurer of the Sonoma County Historical Society.

Free event. Pre-registratration required. Pre-registration ends 24 hours before event. Only 50 participants can be accommodated.

Please include your email address and phone number with your registration, so that we can contact you in case there are any changes to the schedule.

Museums of Sonoma County

425 Seventh Street

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