Point Reyes National Seashore
Bass Lake and Wildcat Beach
The south end of Coast Trail begins with spectacular ocean views from far above the surf. It can be windy and exposed, with only occasional canopy overhead. In the summer, look for salmonberries and thimbleberries. Bass Lake is unofficially the best swimming at Point Reyes, but access can be challenging and there are no lifeguards - swim at your own risk. If you choose to continue to Wildcat you'll be rewarded with ocean and lake views and a beautiful beach. From either destination, one returns via Coast Trail. Start this hike at the Palomarin Trailhead at the end of Mesa Road, a 35-minute drive south of the Bear Valley Visitor Center.