Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Trails in Point Reyes

Abbott's Lagoon Trail

(5 km / 3 mi.) An easy stroll through open and coastal scrub, with good spring wildflowers and excellent birdwatching, especially in the fall and winter. If you wish, you can continue out to the Great Beach, an extra 0.9 km (0.5 mi.), before returning via the same trail. (The ...

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Arch Rock via Bear Valley

(13.1 km / 8.2 mi.) Probably the single most popular trail in the park, the Bear Valley Trail is the most direct walk to the ocean from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. This pleasant stroll through mixed Douglas fir forest and along Bear Valley Creek is sheltered from sun, wind ...

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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 ...

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Bolinas Ridge Trail

The secluded Bolinas Ridge offers panoramic vantage points of the San Andreas Rift Zone. The ridgeline is bookended by the waters of Tomales Bay in the north and Bolinas Lagoon in the south. It is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area's northern unit, although it is administered ...

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Chimney Rock Trail

A spectacular hike with views of Drakes Bay and the Pacific Ocean and renowned for great spring wildflowers. Rocky cliffs drop off steeply to the water, so there is no beach access. From January through May, look for migrating whales from the point. Fog and wind can make this ...

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Divide Meadow via Bear Valley Trail

(5.1 km / 3.2 mi.) A casual stroll through mixed Douglas fir forest and along Bear Valley Creek to an open grassy meadow. Several benches along the way offer great resting spots in the shade, and Divide Meadow is a nice place to picnic in the sun. Begins at the ...

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Earthquake Trail

(1 km / 0.6 mi.) A short paved loop explores the San Andreas Fault Zone. Interpretive signs describe the geology of the area. This trail begins at the southeast corner of the Bear Valley Picnic Area, just across the street from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. Directions Directions from Highway 1: At ...

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Estero Trail to Drakes Head

(15 km / 9.4 mi.) This trail through open grassland offers outstanding views of Drakes and Limantour Esteros, and of the locally rich bird life. The last section of the trail seems more like a cattle trail than a human trail, but persevere. Many visitors enjoy having a picnic on ...

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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 ...

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Kehoe Beach Trail

A half-mile walk alongside a marsh and over a sand dune takes you to the northern end of the Great Beach, called Kehoe Beach. Once at the beach, turn left to explore a stream meandering its way into the Pacific Ocean. To the right, giant dunes make explorations fun. ...

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Kule Loklo Trail

(1.3 km / 0.8 mi.) A short path leads up to a replica of a Coast Miwok Indian village. Interpretive signs briefly describe Coast Miwok culture and history and the structures in the village. From Kule Loklo, return on the same trail, or continue around the horse pasture to return ...

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Laguna - Coast Loop Trail

(8 km / 5 mi.) An easy walk through coastal scrub and grassland, exposed to sun, fog and/or wind. Breath-taking ocean-views. Keep your eyes open for hawks and shorebirds. Begin on Laguna Trail with a slight climb, then descend to Coast Camp on Fire Lane Trail. Turn left on Coast ...

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Limantour Spit Trail

(3.2 km / 2 mi.) Carry binoculars and a field guide to birds as you walk along the crest of Limantour Spit. Many species of birds may be found on the mudflats of Limantour Estero to the north and on the sandy beach of Drakes Bay to the south. Harbor ...

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McClures Beach Trail

(1.3 km / 0.8 mi.) A rugged trail descends moderately steeply down a ravine to the ocean. McClures Beach is contained within a beautiful cove backed by rocky cliffs, but watch out for tidal fluctuations and dangerous surf. This hike's trailhead is located at the end of the Pierce Point ...

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Morgan Horse Ranch

This working horse ranch for horses used by National Park Rangers in wilderness areas and for backcountry patrol has trailside exhibits focusing on the characteristics, breeding and history of Morgan horses. The Morgan horse is the first American breed of horse. Self-guided exhibits, corrals and demonstrations are a part ...

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