Naturalist and writer Jules Evens has lived near Point Reyes for over 30 years. He is the founder of Avocet Research Associates and the author of The Natural History of the Point Reyes Peninsula and An Introduction to California Birdlife (both UC Press).
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 fully. In September, weather can vary from fog in the morning, to blistering mid-day sun, to wind in the afternoon, to cool evenings. Take plenty of water, sunscreen, a hat, and layers of clothing. The climb from the coast upslope is fairly arduous, especially after having walked 6 miles before getting to the steep part. Best to leave from Limantour rather than the reverse, because the afternoon wind can be intense, and you probably don’t want to walk into a headwind for the last few miles.