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138 mi 222 km of trail 7 Featured Hikes

Gems 7 Gems Easy Trails 46 Trails Intermediate Trails 24 Trails Hard Trails 1 Trail

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.

Gems in Point Reyes National Seashore - 7

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gem Favorite Atop Alamere Falls

Alamere Falls

(20) Bolinas, CA
gem Favorite Another view of Point Reyes Lighthouse

Point Reyes Lighthouse

(18) Inverness, CA
gem Favorite Tule elk male, Tule Elk Reserve, Tomales Bay

Pierce Point Ranch and Tule Elk Preserve

(12) Inverness, CA
gem Favorite Swing on the Giant Eucalyptus Tree.

Big Swing on a Giant Eucalyptus

(3) Inverness, CA
gem Favorite California popies on the Earthquake Trail

Earthquake Trail

(3) Lagunit…, CA
gem Favorite Marshland

Limantour Beach

(4) Inverness, CA
gem Favorite Scenic walk along Bass Lake.

Bass Lake

(3) Bolinas, CA

Featured Hikes in Point Reyes National Seashore - 7

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Favorite Tomales Point at Pt. Reyes
Easy/Intermediate

Tomales Point Trail

9.8 mi 15.7 km • Out and Back • 996 ft Ascent 303.54 m Ascent

(64) Inverness, CA
Favorite Atop Alamere Falls
Intermediate

Palomarin to Alamere Falls Out and Back

8.3 mi 13.3 km • Out and Back • 991 ft Ascent 302.15 m Ascent

(46) Bolinas, CA
Favorite End of Bear Valley Trail at Arch Rock
Intermediate

Mount Wittenberg and Bear Valley Loop

13.8 mi 22.2 km • Loop • 1,648 ft Ascent 502.38 m Ascent

(23) Inverness, CA
Favorite View of the first estuary
Easy/Intermediate

Estero to Sunset Beach

8.1 mi 13.0 km • Out and Back • 623 ft Ascent 189.9 m Ascent

(7) Inverness, CA
Favorite Limantour Spit from Glenbrook Trail
Easy/Intermediate

Muddy Hollow & The Estero

7.6 mi 12.3 km • Loop • 777 ft Ascent 236.82 m Ascent

(4) Inverness, CA
Favorite Drakes Bay at sunset
Easy/Intermediate

Laguna and Coast Loop

5.1 mi 8.2 km • Loop • 362 ft Ascent 110.37 m Ascent

(7) Inverness, CA

Trails in Point Reyes National Seashore - 64

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0.7 mi 1.1 km #1Point Reyes Lighthouse Trail
Easy
Inverness, CA
Easy
0.7 mi 1.1 km Inverness, CA
10.6 mi 17.1 km #2Coast Trail - North
Intermediate
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
Intermediate
10.6 mi 17.1 km Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #3Alamere Falls Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Bolinas, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
0.4 mi 0.6 km Bolinas, CA
2.9 mi 4.7 km #4Hidden Coast near Elephant Cave
Extremely Difficult
Inverness, CA
Extremely Difficult
2.9 mi 4.7 km Inverness, CA
0.9 mi 1.5 km #5Chimney Rock
Easy/Intermediate
Inverness, CA
Easy/Intermediate
0.9 mi 1.5 km Inverness, CA 11 
1.0 mi 1.6 km #6Limantour Spit Trail
Easy
Inverness, CA
Easy
1.0 mi 1.6 km Inverness, CA
4.2 mi 6.8 km #7Bear Valley
Easy
Inverness, CA
Easy
4.2 mi 6.8 km Inverness, CA 10 
9.3 mi 15.0 km #8Estero
Intermediate
Inverness, CA
Intermediate
9.3 mi 15.0 km Inverness, CA
1.6 mi 2.5 km #9Abbotts Lagoon
Easy
Inverness, CA
Easy
1.6 mi 2.5 km Inverness, CA
5.7 mi 9.3 km #10Coast Trail - South
Easy/Intermediate
Bolinas, CA
Easy/Intermediate
5.7 mi 9.3 km Bolinas, CA
0.6 mi 1.0 km #11Kehoe Beach
Easy
Inverness, CA
Easy
0.6 mi 1.0 km Inverness, CA
1.3 mi 2.0 km #12Marshall Beach Trail
Easy/Intermediate
Inverness, CA
Easy/Intermediate
1.3 mi 2.0 km Inverness, CA
2.1 mi 3.4 km #13Mt Wittenberg
Intermediate/Difficult
Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
Intermediate/Difficult
2.1 mi 3.4 km Lagunitas-Forest Knolls, CA
0.6 mi 0.9 km #14Earthquake Trail
Easy
Inverness, CA
Easy
0.6 mi 0.9 km Inverness, CA
0.5 mi 0.8 km #15Duxbury Reef
Easy
Bolinas, CA
Easy
0.5 mi 0.8 km Bolinas, CA
2.4 mi 3.9 km #16Bucklin
Intermediate
Inverness, CA
Intermediate
2.4 mi 3.9 km Inverness, CA
1.6 mi 2.6 km #17Sunset Beach
Easy
Inverness, CA
Easy
1.6 mi 2.6 km Inverness, CA
5.9 mi 9.5 km #18Sky
Intermediate
Inverness, CA
Intermediate
5.9 mi 9.5 km Inverness, CA
1.1 mi 1.8 km #19Ocean Lake Loop
Easy/Intermediate
Bolinas, CA
Easy/Intermediate
1.1 mi 1.8 km Bolinas, CA
0.4 mi 0.6 km #20McClures Beach
Intermediate
Inverness, CA
Intermediate
0.4 mi 0.6 km Inverness, CA

Photos of Point Reyes National Seashore - 157

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Atop Alamere Falls
Feb 17, 2015 near Bolinas, CA
Tomales Point at Pt. Reyes
Apr 3, 2019 near Inverness, CA
Tule elk male, Tule Elk Reserve, Tomales Bay
Sep 1, 2015 near Inverness, CA
Another view of Point Reyes Lighthouse
Sep 1, 2015 near Inverness, CA
Wonderful views from Coast Trail South
Feb 16, 2015 near Bolinas, CA
The mighty Pacific Ocean!
Feb 18, 2015 near Bolinas, CA
End of Bear Valley Trail at Arch Rock
Mar 23, 2015 near Lagunit…, CA
View of the first estuary
Mar 10, 2015 near Inverness, CA

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