California: 25 Photos to Inspire Your Point Reyes Bucket List

Point Reyes is one of the most beautiful and unknown places in Northern California. Located 40 minutes north-west of the iconic Golden Gate Bridge, it is home to many wonders; from hiking to kayaking, birdwatching to the beautiful beaches. There really is something for everyone here. So grab your camera, car keys and a sense of adventure, hit the road, and check Point Reyes off your bucket list!

California: Photos to Inspire Your Point Reyes Bucket List

Wildlife in Point Reyes

Western Grey Squirrels are a common sight along the almost 150 miles of hiking trails in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Western Grey Squirrels are a common sight in Point Reyes, California
photo by analise sutherland

The Estero Trail is one of Point Reyes National Seashore’s most popular walks among locals. Two and a half miles round trip through an old christmas tree farm that opens up to a long bridge over the Estero. Perfect for bird (and leopard shark) watching.

IMG_6650photo by analise sutherland

The Dairy farms you will pass on your way out to the Lighthouse like the Historic B ranch, have been around since the late 1800’s. Cattle farmers are a huge part of Point Reyes history.

Cows, the escape artists of Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland
IMG_6651photo by analise sutherland
When you reach the lighthouse, you’ll see more than just the breathtaking views the point has to offer. More often than not, you will see baby Mule deer grazing with their mothers on the hill sides.
image3photo by analise sutherland

Even the wildflowers in West Marin are gorgeous.

Wildflowers in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

IMG_6659 photo by analise sutherland

IMG_6660photo by analise sutherland

On your way back from the Lighthouse you’re sure to see Tule Elk (an invasive species) walking in the cattle fields of Point Reyes at sunset.

A group of Tule Elk in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland
Tule Elk at sunset in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

Pacific Rock crabs are camouflage experts.

Camoflauged crabs on McClures Beach in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

Point Reyes Must Sees

Pierce Point Trail located on Tomales Point is a beautiful hike all year round.

Pierce Point Trail in Point Reyes, California is a great trail all year round.photo by analise sutherland

Abbots Lagoon on the way out to Pierce Point, is a great family beach. It is a miles walk from the parking lot, many visitors take this time to admire the wildlife.

Abbots Lagoon in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

The Cypress Tree Tunnel is a place not to miss when in Point Reyes.

Cypress Tree Tunnel in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

The Tree Tunnel in Inverness, Point Reyes

Another must see is the famous Inverness Ship Wreck, Located across the bay from Point Reyes Station.

Inverness Ship wreck in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

Annette White in Point Reyes, California

The old boat in Inverness of Point Reyes

The Point Reyes Lighthouse, one of the most iconic sights in West Marin.

The Point Reyes Lighthouse in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

On your walk out to the Lighthouse you’ll see the South, North, and Kehoe Beach straightaway.

Beaches in Point Reyes Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

Tomales Bay is a great place for kayaking, paddle boarding, and other water sports.

Tomales Bay in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

Take the scenic route out to Point Reyes and pass by the town of Olema.

Take the scenic route to Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland
Take the scenic route to Point Reyes, California photo by analise sutherland

McClure Beach is great for bringing family and friends. White sand, clear water, and tidal pools!

McClures Beach in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

The views from Mount Vision are unreal, and so are the sunsets.

The sunsets on Mount Vision in Point Reyes, Californiaphoto by analise sutherland

The next time you plan your travel to Northern California, on you way to wine taste in Napa Valley or Sonoma, definitely schedule a pit stop at Point Reyes to immerse yourself in the nature, wildlife and scenery.

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2017-03-09T21:41:13+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Categories: California, North America, TRAVEL|Tags: , |

8 Comments

  1. Betty July 27, 2016 at 10:18 pm - Reply

    These are the most beautiful pictures of Point Reyes, it makes me want to come NOW! Thank you Analise Sutherland for the Photo’s

  2. William July 28, 2016 at 3:11 pm - Reply

    Great shots! When we were there, we spent most of the day touring Kule Loklo. We were also planning to go to the Morgan Horse Ranch but it was already late. Wish we had visited that lighthouse! 🙁

    • Annette White July 28, 2016 at 3:18 pm - Reply

      I haven’t heard of Kule Loklo, and now that’s on my list of places to visit. The lighthouse is a bit of a drive, but worth it. It’s a good reason for you to go back!

  3. Jhon jaka July 31, 2016 at 11:08 pm - Reply

    Nice photos

  4. Jaci August 9, 2016 at 7:56 pm - Reply

    Great Photos

  5. Deb at Headout August 20, 2016 at 2:31 am - Reply

    I missed going to Point Reyes, as there was a severe traffic jam on my way, had a flight to catch within hours hence turned back. But these mindblowing pictures are forcing me to plan another trip:) Especially that lighthouse, a perfect picture postcard.

    • Annette White August 20, 2016 at 8:14 am - Reply

      I certainly hope that you will be able to make it to Point Reyes in the future! It truly is stunning.

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