Old Gulch beach (LH 15) is the northernmost beach on the island and the only beach on the 3 km long cliffed, 120-150 m high northern shore. It is located at the base of a 30 m wide, 200 m deep gap in the 20-40 m high basalt cliffs called... Read more
Old Gulch beach (LH 15) is the northernmost beach on the island and the only beach on the 3 km long cliffed, 120-150 m high northern shore. It is located at the base of a 30 m wide, 200 m deep gap in the 20-40 m high basalt cliffs called Old Gulch. The 50 m long beach is composed of basalt boulders, and slopes steeply into the deeper waters of the Gulch. It has a partly vegetated storm boulder beach, while fronted by the steep 40 m wide active boulder beach. Narrow but accessible rock platforms run out either side of the Gulch to the northern rocks. It can be reached on foot from the North Beach picnic area 300 m to the south.
When waves are low it is relatively quiet and used by snorkelers to view the rocks and coral. High waves generate a strong and dangerous surge on the boulders.
A popular spot with local fishermen who walk out onto the exposed rocks to fish the deeper water.Read less
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SLSA provides this information as a guide only. Surf conditions are variable and therefore this information should not be relied upon as a substitute for observation of local conditions and an understanding of your abilities in the surf. SLSA reminds you to always swim between the red and yellow flags and never swim at unpatrolled beaches. SLSA takes all care and responsibility for any translation but it cannot guarantee that all translations will be accurate.