Wanting to soak up some of the day’s sunshine, we headed to Birch Bay. Parking near the camping area at Birch Bay State Park, we followed a short trail through the woods and crossed the street to the beach.
Having checked the tide tables for Cherry Point/Birch Bay before leaving home, we were confident that we had plenty of time for a hike following the beach to Point Whitehorn – and back – before the tide would reach a high enough point to cut off our beach access around the point.
There was plenty of time to explore the beach – and enjoy a picnic. Turns out, Birch Bay and Point Whitehorn are great areas for eagle watching. One flew right over us, perched up in a tree high on the cliff behind the beach and sang us its song as we dined.
Another eagle entertained us as we followed the shore back to Birch Bay. Crows followed in its path as it dove down to the water and soared back up.
For information on accessing the beach at Point Whitehorn from Birch Bay State Park, go here – http://whatcom.kulshan.com/Washington/Whatcom%20County/Western%20Whatcom%20County/Birch%20Bay/Outdoors/Point%20Whitehorn.htm. Note that a portion of the tidelands and the uplands around the point are privately owned. The potential for being cut off from beach access back to Birch Bay by rising tides is possible, so if you plan on returning that way, you should check the tide tables first. The Point Whitehorn Marine Reserve is just south of those privately owned areas, so if you do find yourself cut off from beach access by the tide, locate the trail that leads up the bluff, follow it through the forest reserve and walk along the streets back to Birch Bay State Park.