Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Five Brooks Pond

Five Brooks Trailhead is an excellent observation area for birds and winter-run salmon. No one knows the origin of the name "Five Brooks" but five seasonally appearing creeks empty into Olema Creek within a one-mile section near the current trailhead. A 110-lot subdivision was once planned for this area which now provides habitat for pileated woodpeckers, swallows, warblers, and thrushes. The pond was a mill pond for the Sweet Lumber Company which harvested trees at Five Brooks between 1956 and 1963. Today the pond provides a winter resting-place for green-backed herons, grebes, hooded mergansers, and ring-necked ducks. In the early evenings, bats may be seen swooping over the pond in search of their daily insect meals. Salmon working their way up Olema Creek may be viewed from the bridge at the immediate entrance to the trailhead area during the winter run, approximately December through February.

Directions

Five Brooks is located on Highway 1 approximately five miles south of the Bear Valley Visitor Center.