We will be in the area of Half Moon Bay when the tide is to be about 2 ft. Is that too high to see anything? I read that ideally you should go if it's 1 ft or below, but I wondered if it's worth going if it's slightly higher than that.
We went when the tide was about 2 ft and were still able to see things in the tide pools. I think it's worth your time to stop by.
I agree it's still totally worth going if you're not able to catch the lower tide. There's the pools and then also the hikes that look out over the bluffs. It's beautiful.
You won't be able to walk way out on the rocks to enjoy some of the tide pool critters, but you still can scramble, and this time of the year, you may be able to see the sea lions from a distance (the rangers keep their beach area roped off to protect then from humans.
I'd suggest YES, go. You may not get way out on to the rocks, but there is still plenty to see. Enjoy the area.
I think it's always worth going, of course, as you know, the lower the tide the better. i would never say nah don't go.
A zero or minus one foot low tide will expose many more tidal pools with a greater diversity of sea life. A 2 foot low tide is much higher and only a few pools will be walkable and they will contain a few sea anemones & small crabs but probably not sea stars.
It's still a worthwhile stop. They have an interpretive center too.
It is best to go when the tide is low. I suggest you still go because the park is beautiful and there are some interesting formations, shells, rocks and so on to enjoy. And, don't miss the seals basking in the sun!
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