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135 mi 218 km of trail 7 Featured Hikes

Gems 7 Gems Easy Trails 45 Trails Intermediate Trails 25 Trails Hard Trails 0 Trails

From its scenic open grasslands, forested ridges, and brushy hillsides to its expansive sandy beaches and rocky headlands, Point Reyes offers a varied and stunning diversity of over 1,500 species of plants and animals. Whether you are taking in the views while hiking along the inland trails or listening to the thunderous ocean breakers on the rugged shoreline, you are certain to be amazed by the diversity of this seashore. The park was also home to several cultures over thousands of years and preserves the rich tapestry of stories from these various inhabitants and their interactions with the landscape and each other. Point Reyes awaits your exploration!

To learn more about Point Reyes National Seashore, visit www.nps.gov.

Local Info

Visitor Centers:
All Visitor Centers are open year round, but are closed December 25. Visitor centers may close at 2 pm on Thanksgiving and Christmas Eve. Hours for each visitor center vary by season; visit the Point Reyes website for current hours and more information.
  • Bear Valley Visitor Center
  • Lighthouse Visitor Center
  • Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center

Visiting Tips

Point Reyes National Seashore is open daily from sunrise to midnight, 365 days a year. Overnight camping is available by permit only.

Fees & Passes:
There is no entrance fee for Point Reyes National Seashore; however, there are some fee-based services.
To find out more about park fees, click here.

Camping & Lodging

Point Reyes National Seashore offers year-round backcountry hike-in camping along Drakes Bay and in the Phillip Burton Wilderness and boat-in camping on the west shore of Tomales Bay. Because of its location near the Metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area, the campsites at Point Reyes are in great demand, and reservations are strongly suggested. Reservations may be made online at www.recreation.gov or by calling 877-444-6777 (TDD: 877-833-6777).

  • Coast Camp: Twelve individual sites and two group sites.
  • Glen Camp: Twelve individual sites and no group sites.
  • Sky Camp: Eleven individual sites and one group site.
  • Wildcat Camp: Five individual sites and three group sites. Three of the individual sites only hold up to four people.
  • Tomales Bay: Twenty permits are available each day. Nine to parties of 1 to 6 people, 8 to parties of 7 to 14 people, and 3 to parties of 15 to 25 people.

The only lodging within Point Reyes National Seashore is the Point Reyes Hostel which offers dormitory style accommodations, as well as four private rooms. There are also many other nearby camping opportunities in the surrounding communities.

Food & Drink

Point Reyes National Seashore is conveniently located by one of the United States' culinary meccas, San Francisco! If you're staying in the Bay Area, be sure to take advantage of the local cuisine. If you're looking for a bite while in or near the park itself, the National Park Service has also compiled a list of options.

Outfitters, Tours, & Shuttles

Guided Tours:
Point Reyes National Seashore offers a variety of ranger-led programs highlighting the natural and cultural history of the park. Programs are offered each weekend on both Saturdays and Sundays throughout the year and are often offered weekdays during summer, winter, and spring breaks. Visit the park's website for more information on the current programs and to check out the event calendar.

Shuttles:
On weekends and holidays from late December through mid-April, when visitation by whale watchers to the Point Reyes Lighthouse area is heavy, visitors may be required to ride a shuttle bus from Drakes Beach to the Lighthouse and Chimney Rock areas. The Lighthouse shuttle bus system usually begins on the last Saturday of December and continues through late March or mid April. Tickets are available for purchase at the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center from 9:30 am to 3 pm.

Other Activities

Whether hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, fishing kayaking, or camping, there are many ways to explore the park. Additionally, the region surrounding Point Reyes is ripe with opportunity for all kinds of activities. The NPS has compiled a great list of nearby attractions which details other parks in the area as well as other educational opportunities.

The Bay Area also has some amazing opportunities for mountain biking. Check out MTB Project for all the maps you need to get out and ride!

Maps & Guidebooks

To download a free park brochure or visitor guide, click here.

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Bolinas, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Bolinas, CA
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10.6 mi 17.1 km
#2 Coast Trail - North
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
10.6 mi 17.1 km Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
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Inverness, CA
0.7 mi 1.1 km Inverness, CA
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4.2 mi 6.8 km
#4 Bear Valley
Inverness, CA
4.2 mi 6.8 km Inverness, CA
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Inverness, CA
1.0 mi 1.6 km Inverness, CA
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9.3 mi 15.0 km
#6 Estero
Inverness, CA
9.3 mi 15.0 km Inverness, CA
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Bolinas, CA
5.7 mi 9.3 km Bolinas, CA
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0.9 mi 1.5 km
#8 Chimney Rock
Inverness, CA
0.9 mi 1.5 km Inverness, CA
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1.6 mi 2.5 km
#9 Abbotts Lagoon
Inverness, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km Inverness, CA
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2.1 mi 3.4 km
#10 Mt Wittenberg
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
2.1 mi 3.4 km Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
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Inverness, CA
1.3 mi 2.0 km Inverness, CA
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0.6 mi 0.9 km
#12 Earthquake Trail
Inverness, CA
0.6 mi 0.9 km Inverness, CA
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0.5 mi 0.8 km
#13 Duxbury Reef
Bolinas, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km Bolinas, CA
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93 days ago
2.4 mi 3.9 km
#14 Bucklin
Inverness, CA
2.4 mi 3.9 km Inverness, CA
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42 days ago
1.6 mi 2.6 km
#15 Sunset Beach
Inverness, CA
1.6 mi 2.6 km Inverness, CA
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#16 McClures Beach
Inverness, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km Inverness, CA
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#17 Horse
Inverness, CA
3.8 mi 6.1 km Inverness, CA
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#18 Kehoe Beach
Inverness, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km Inverness, CA
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1.1 mi 1.8 km
#19 Ocean Lake Loop
Bolinas, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km Bolinas, CA
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9 days ago
3.5 mi 5.7 km
#20 Greenpicker
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
3.5 mi 5.7 km Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
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