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SF nude beaches face changes in 2006?
by SUN (SaveFreedom [at]
Friday Nov 25th, 2005 10:41 AM
North of nudist zone, there's a gay men's area. Both could be affected in 2006 by the parks service...
Golden Gate Beach
(gay nude beach north of Baker Beach),
San Francisco, CA:

Beyond the north end of the clothing-optional (nudist) section of Baker Beach,
rocky outcroppings block off a lesser-known beach (or series of coves),
much closer to the Golden Gate Bridge. Access is difficult, especially at high tide.

Used mainly by gay men, this beach wears several unofficial names, including No Name Beach,
North Baker Beach, Golden Gate Beach, and Marshall Beach.
For details, please see front-page story, by Matthew S. Bajko, in the 24 Nov. 2005 issue
of the Bay Area Reporter:


The multiple names cause confusion. Some outsiders may even mistake this beach for Baker Beach. However, the two clothing-optional beaches are very different.

The real Baker Beach has a clothed section at its south end (near parking lots), and a clothing-optional section at its north end. No sexual activity is allowed on the nudist portion of Baker Beach, at least not in daytime. Nudists at Baker Beach don't want any sexual activity to happen there, because they realize that sexual activity could cause political and media uproar, which could lead park authorities to ban mere nudity. The Baker Beach nudists include persons of all orientations and all genders. Almost all of them are adults.


San Francisco County has four outdoor nude areas.
Of these, only Baker Beach is famous.
The other three are Golden Gate Beach (just north of Baker),
Land's End Beach (a few blocks south of Baker),
and the sand dunes at Fort Funston (in the southwest corner of SF, near San Mateo County).
For details, please go to the SF Bay Guardian website, and click on Nude Beaches.


Possible problems in 2006?:

In spring and summer 2006, the U.S. park service will be excavating
old "landfills" (trash dumps)
above Golden Gate Beach and Baker Beach.
This may cause temporary closure of beach areas.

Also the park service will be evaluating trails which lead down to the beach.
Some informal trails ("social trails") may become official;
while others may be blocked.
Public input will be possible at hearings,
possibly starting in late March 2006.

More info is available from Parks Conservancy,
a nonprofit group which helps the park service
protect the environment.
Please visit their website:


[ SUN's comment:

These GGNRA park "improvements" aren't INTENDED
to harass nudists nor queers.
Yet neither group has any reason to trust the Bush administration.

So SUN hopes that respectable naturist groups ( such as BAN and NAC )
will carefully monitor this process,
and will provide polite and timely input.

Since SUN isn't respectable,
we aren't able to do this effectively. ]



Senior Unlimited Nudes (SUN) of San Francisco:

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NUDE BEACHES, northern California, 2005:

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