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!
Wildlife in Point Reyes
Western Grey Squirrels are a common sight along the almost 150 miles of hiking trails in Point Reyes National Seashore.
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.
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.
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.
Even the wildflowers in West Marin are gorgeous.
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.
Pacific Rock crabs are camouflage experts.
Point Reyes Must Sees
Pierce Point Trail located on Tomales Point is a beautiful hike all year round.
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.
The Cypress Tree Tunnel is a place not to miss when in Point Reyes.
Another must see is the famous Inverness Ship Wreck, Located across the bay from Point Reyes Station.
The Point Reyes Lighthouse, one of the most iconic sights in West Marin.
On your walk out to the Lighthouse you’ll see the South, North, and Kehoe Beach straightaway.
Tomales Bay is a great place for kayaking, paddle boarding, and other water sports.
Take the scenic route out to Point Reyes and pass by the town of Olema.
McClure Beach is great for bringing family and friends. White sand, clear water, and tidal pools!
The views from Mount Vision are unreal, and so are the sunsets.
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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