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).
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 now on National Seashore land. The trail passes through grassland for about 1/4 mile before arriving at the overlook of Olema Marsh, always worth a stop to look for swallows, marsh birds, and raptors overhead. Follow the driveway down to Bear Valley Road, walk north along the shoulder to the crosswalk, cross Bear Valley Road and continue along the path that parallels the Bear Valley Creek riparian corridor. This path can be muddy in winter and spring, but by late summer, it’s dry; an easy stroll. Arrive at Kule Loklo, a reconstructed Miwok village after about 1.5 miles. Tables and bathrooms are available there.
Because of the diverse habitat mix along this route, it is a favorite trail to take in the early morning from April through May to hear the dawn chorus of songbirds.