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Point Reyes National Seashore

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54699 acre Park managed by: National Park Service

This spectacular peninsula delights visitors with wild coastal beaches, dramatic rocky headlands, rich estuaries, open grasslands, and forested ridges.

Because it is on a different tectonic plate than the east shore of Tomales Bay, the parent rock of Point Reyes produces different soils and noticeable differences in vegetation. Visitors can discover over 1000 species of plants and animals including Tule elk, elephant seals, and gray whales.

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Point Reyes/ Five Brooks to Bear Valley VC

by Ryan Branciforte

One-way day hike or overnight trip from Five Brooks to Bear Valley Visitor Center, over Inverness Ridge to Wildcat Beach, Glen Camp, and Bear Valley.

 
Coastal Trail to Palomarin Beach

by Jules Evens

  An easy stroll from the parking area at the end of Mesa Road to the shore; 1.4 miles round trip. Hiked: May 19, 2012.   Immediately after leaving the parking lot at the end of Mesa Road, Coast Trail enters the Philip Burton Wilderness. The trail crosses a small drainage dominated by invasive plants, […]

 
Muddy Hollow Trail

by Jules Evens

Read a fully illustrated version of this post. This short, gentle walk follows the course of Muddy Hollow Creek from the parking lot at the trailhead downstream to the shoreline of Limantour Estero. The trail used to get flooded in the wet season when the creek overflowed its low banks, but last year the Park […]

 
Lower Lagunitas Creek Walk

by Jules Evens

  Begin at the White house Pool, a Marin County Open Space District park and follow the narrow footpath through the riparian thicket that parallels Lagunitas Creek upstream. At the east end of the trail, cross Sir Francis Drake Blvd (carefully!) and walk about 50 yards east to the Olema Marsh Trail trailhead. You are […]

 
Tomales Point, to the tip

by Jules Evens

  The Tomales Point Trail starts at the historic Pierce Point Ranch and stretches northward nearly five miles to a narrow reef at the northernmost point on the peninsula. The point is so narrow that it was named “the bill of the hummingbird” by the first people, the Coast Miwok, the Hookooeko. Cloaked almost perpetually […]

 
Limantour Beach to Five Brooks

by Jules Evens

This 16.5-mile trek from Limantour Beach to Five-Brooks follows the coast past Bear Valley Creek then climbs through coastal scrub into Douglas-fir forest, crests at Fir Top, then follows the Stewart Trail for four miles downhill along the east slope of Inverness Ridge. This route is a long trek and it requires a full day to enjoy […]

 
Marshall Beach Walk

by Jules Evens

  An easy to moderate walk on a gravel road, 2.8 miles round-trip. The approach to Marshall Beach is rather steep and may be slippery in the rainy season. The trailhead to the Marshall Beach begins after driving a couple of miles along the L Ranch Rd.,  out through the northern edge of the bishop […]

 
Arroyo Hondo out and back

by Jules Evens

  Arroyo Hondo, January 18, 2012, after months of drought-like conditions We only a have an hour or two before dark and dinner in Bolinas, so a few friends and I decide to take a short walk. Although not an official designated trail, this fire road at the southern end of the Park, the trail […]

 
Chimney Rock Walk

by Jules Evens

The Outer Point Reyes Peninsula is a Mecca for both birds and birdwatchers during autumn migration. The month of September is the peak of songbird passage and when conditions are right—lack of strong northwest winds, night sky obscured by high overcast—migrant landbirds “fall out” on the outer point. The islands of Monterey cypresses that were […]

 
Point Reyes Light House Walk

by Jules Evens

The Outer Point Reyes Peninsula is a Mecca for both birds and birdwatchers during autumn migration. The month of September is the peak of songbird passage and when conditions are right—lack of strong northwest winds, night sky obscured by high overcast—migrant landbirds “fall out” on the outer point. The islands of Monterey cypresses that were […]

 
Estero to White Gate Trail, Point Reyes

by Jules Evens

Conditions: HIked on January 28, 2012. Clear sky, temperature 60-72°F, negligible wind, low tide. Route: Estero Trail to Sunset Beach (3.9 mi.); Sunset Beach to White Gulch Trail (2.9 miles); White Gate trail to Muddy Hollow trail (1.5 mi); White Gate trail end to Estero Trail head 1.6 mi): Total 9.9 miles.   At the […]

 
Bear Valley-Meadow Trail Loop

by Jules Evens

The Bear Valley trail, heading southwest from Park Headquarters to the coast, is one of the emblematic walks, and the most traveled trail, on the Point Reyes Peninsula. The trail transects the peninsula, near its center, through a break in the spine of Inverness Ridge…. As we continue along the trail and approach the coast, […]

 
Woodpecker Easy Loop

by Jules Evens

  Hiked on January 21, 2012, after some much needed, quenching rain. Another short, easy hike (0.7 miles; 30 minutes unless you stop to photograph mushrooms), the Woodpecker Trail branches off from the beginning of the Bear Valley trailhead near Park Headquarters. A perfect winter stroll between storm fronts, the dirt path climbs gently into […]

 
Walking the Rift Zone at Point Reyes

by Jules Evens

Hiked: February 15, 2012. The Rift Zone trail begins at Five Brooks Pond, a manmade millpond built by the Sweet Lumber Company that operated here from 1956 until the park was established. Now naturalized and surrounded by willows, the three-acre pond is one of the best places in the Olema Valley to see puddle ducks. […]

 
Palomarin to Bear Valley Visitor Center

by Jules Evens

  At the Palomarin trailhead a sign warns "Entering Mountain Lion Habitat" and provides the usual cautionary notes–stand upright, maintain eye contact, back away slowly . . . If approached, be assertive, wave your arms, speak firmly or shout, throw sticks and rocks. It all sounds good on paper, but casts a slight pall over […]

 
Palomarin-Lake Ranch-Ridge Trail

by Jules Evens

  This rather long and moderately strenuous hike ascends the west-facing slope of Inverness Ridge and traverse long sections its fir-forested spine. My friend Terry and I took the loop from Palomarin along the Coast Trail (2.2 miles), up the Lake Ranch Trail (3.0 miles) and then south along the Ridge Trail (4.8.miles) on October […]

 
Sky Trail-Fire Lane Loop

by Jules Evens

This rather long and moderately strenuous hike ascends the west-facing slope of Inverness Ridge and traverse long sections its fir-forested spine. I visited the Woodward Trail November 2 with my friend Joanie under remarkably similar conditions. Start at the Sky Trailhead off Limantour Road, take the Sky Trail to Woodward Valley Trail, then the Coast […]

 
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