Hiking in Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes is a few miles north of San Francisco and offers a number of great hiking options, either along the coast or further away on the ridge and through the trees. There are a number of entrances that connect to the beach via shorter trails as well as options for multi-day backpacking trips throughout the area with stops at Wildcat Camp, Coast Camp, and several others. The views along the coastal trails are some of the best in California and will leave you wanting to come back over and over.
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Abbotts Lagoon
Abbotts Lagoon
Point Reyes National Seashore, California, United States
 
Easy: 2.8 miles, 1-3 hours
Short hike to the beach in Point Reyes National Seashore

This is a pretty easy out in Point Reyes, California. It is a great place to go to a quiet beach if you aren't against having to hike a little bit for it. Along the way there are lots of flowers, wildlife, and nice view points of the lagoon.
Estro Trail to Sunet beach
Estro Trail to Sunet beach
Point Reyes (historical), California, United States
Moderate: 9.4 miles, 1-3 hours
a nice walk to the ocean

This trail is full of wild life and flowers, especially good in Spring at low tide but a great hike all year, you walk through a herd of cows sometimes they stand on the trail, go around them, when you get to the top of the lagoon the trail goes to the right and left, take the left one, the right one is a deer trail that is hard to follow, the trail...
Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore
Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes National Seashore, California, United States
 
Sampling Northern California's spectacular coastline on an overnight camp-out.

Point Reyes National Seashore has more natural wonders than you could ever hope to absorb in one day, so you might as well camp out. All four of Point Reyes' hike-in campgrounds have a privy and running water. The main challenge -- almost as daunting as lugging 40 pounds of camping gear several miles on foot -- is securing a campsite: reservations...
Tomales Point at Point Reyes National Seashore
Tomales Point at Point Reyes National Seashore
Point Reyes Station, California, United States
 
Moderate: 10.2 miles, Half day
Glorious views and grazing elk await at Point Reyes National Seashore. Moderate 10-mile hike.

It's nearly impossible to get lost on the way to Tomales Point, a rocky fingernail of land poking into the Pacific Ocean north of San Francisco. And that's a shame, because if ever there was a place to lose yourself, this is it. The narrow, windswept sliver of Point Reyes National Seashore ending at Tomales Point has just one main trail, which rolls...
Point Reyes - Bear Valley Trail, Sky Trail, Horse Trail Loop
Point Reyes - Bear Valley Trail, Sky Trail, Horse Trail Loop
Point Reyes Station, California, United States
Moderate: 15.6 miles, Half day
Loop of trails from Bear Valley Visitor Center in Olema and back.

This guide starts at the Bear Valley Visitor Center near Olema, CA. This is a large area with car parking, horse trailer parking, water trough, hitching racks, picnic areas, restrooms. The visitor center has a very nice interpretive center where you can get free maps and information. You can also visit the Morgan Horse training stable behind the center...
Pt Reyes Hostel to the Coastal Trail
Pt Reyes Hostel to the Coastal Trail
Inverness Park, California, United States
Moderate: 10.0 miles, Half day

When it's sunny in the N. Bay does not mean it will be sunny at the coast, I took a chance and have wanted to hike the Northern part of the Coastal trail on the Pt.ReyesNationalSeaShore. Once you leave Limantour road towards the Hostel (.5 miles) there are cars parked on the right side of the road, one trail head starts here, or you can go to the parking...
Bayview Trail
Bayview Trail
Inverness Park, California, United States
Moderate: 282 miles, Half day
10.2 mile trail near Inverness Park, California

Bayview Trail is about 10.2 miles long and located near Inverness Park, California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day. When you pull into the lot you will find he Bayview trailhead and the trailhead for the Sky trail on the opposite side of the lot. If you decide to take the downhill Bayview trail, it is mostly single track...
Bear Valley to Coast Camp
Bear Valley to Coast Camp
Olema, California, United States
 
Moderate: 6.1 miles, Half day
Short Backpacking trip to Coast Camp

This is a short backpacking trip from the Bear Valley Visitor Center to Coast Camp. This is an overnight trip that can be changed to several different ways back. This is a good short overnight trip. The first two miles is pretty steep up hill and the last four is mostly downhill. There isn't really a lot of flat trail.
Mt Barnabe, Samuel P Taylor State Park
Mt Barnabe, Samuel P Taylor State Park
Bolinas, California, United States
 
Moderate: 6.0 miles, Half day
Hike the winding forest trail up reach the sun-bleached summit of Mt Barnabe and views over Marin County.

The Marin headlands across the Golden Gate Bridge from San Francisco offer tons of sightseeing potential, but doesn't everyone know it. Areas like Muir Woods and Stinson Beach are choked with traffic every fair weather weekend. Choose to drive an extra few miles, leaving the mellee behind you and you'll be rewarded with empty roads and quiet trails. We...
Devils Gulch
Devils Gulch
Samuel Taylor State Park, California, United States
Moderate: 6.2 miles, Half day
6.2 mile trail in Samuel Taylor State Park, California

Devils Gulch is about 6.2 miles long and located near Taylorville (historical), California. The trail is great for hiking and normally takes a half day
Barnabe Peak Loop Hike
Barnabe Peak Loop Hike
Lagunitas, California, United States
 
Moderate: 5.6 miles, 1-3 hours
A morning hike up Barnabe Peak, it's vistas and a return along a Redwood lined creek trail.

A morning hike to the old fire watcher’s tower on Barnaby Peak. A loop back along the ridge's top and down to the canyon floor to Lagunitas Creek. The path then travels along the old railroad right of way (now a portion of the Cross Marin Trail), ultimately returning to the starting point. This hike will take you through several vegetation zones...
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Trail Start (Olema, California, United States) Photo
Trail Shot (Olema, California, United States) Photo
Spring Fruit (Olema, California, United States) Photo
Just Below Mt. Wittenberg Summit (Inverness Park, California, United States) Photo
Bear Valley Loop - Point Reyes
by dano23 on Jul 04, 2009
Olema, California, United States
Hiking | 11.3 miles
Fourth of July weekend and the crowds were out. But I immediately veered off to head up Mt. Wittenberg and lost nearly everyone. Only saw the occassional hiker after that. Great July weather -- which is to say foggy -- and perfect for a hike. Point Reyes always offers great sites and a lot of options. In this case I took Mt. Wittenberg to Sky Trail to Coast Trail and back up...
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Estero Trail To Sunset Beach
by bruceco on Jul 10, 2011
Point Reyes (historical), California, United States
Hiking | 9.4 miles
This trail is full of wild life and flowers, especially good in Spring at low tide but a great hike all year, you walk through a herd of cows sometimes they stand on the trail, go around them, when you get to the top of the lagoon the trail goes to the right and left, take the left one, the right one is a deer trail that is hard to follow, the trail...
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On The Trail Photo
Giants Photo
Secrets Photo
Woodward Valley Loop
by laytonw on Jul 09, 2011
Hiking | 13.3 miles
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Pt Reyes Hostel to the Coastal Trail
by bruceco on Jul 24, 2011
Hiking | 10.0 miles
When it's sunny in the N. Bay does not mean it will be sunny at the coast, I took a chance and have wanted to hike the Northern part of the Coastal trail on the Pt.ReyesNationalSeaShore. Once you leave Limantour road towards the Hostel (.5 miles) there are cars parked on the right side of the road, one trail head starts here, or you can go to the parking lot another .3 miles and...
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Point Reyes N.S., Point Reyes Lighthouse
by stefan222 on Jun 29, 2012
Point Reyes, California, United States
Hiking | 1.6 miles
The Point Reyes Lighthouse is located on the western-most point of the Point Reyes Headlands. The Lighthouse Visitor Center is open from 10:00 am to 04:30 pm, Thursday through Monday. To get to the lighthouse itself, you must walk a half-mile from the parking lot to the Visitor Center, and then down 308 steps. The stairs are open 10:00 am to 04:30 pm, Thursdays through Mondays. When wind speeds exceed 40 mph.,...
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Point Reyes: Bear Valley - Sky - Woodward Trail
by fortytwoandrising on May 23, 2009
Olema, California, United States
Hiking | 13.9 miles
Nice hike with lots of good scenery.  I went early in the morning so there was a lot of fog which made it hard to see a lot of stuff...overall a good time.  Early there weren\'t a whole lot of people, but later on in the hike heading back to the Bear Valley trailhead there were a ton of people.  It was Memorial Day weekend, though.The first couple miles are all uphill,...
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Bayview Trail
by bruceco on Feb 25, 2012
Inverness Park, California, United States
Hiking | 10.2 miles
I started out looking for a place to put my kayak in, the wind was too brisk so I remembered a trail head on the way to Limantour beach that I had never started from. I pulled into the lot for the Bayview trailhead and found that the trailhead for the Sky trail also starts here on the left.  I decided to take the downhill Bayview trail, it is mostly single track that is well maintained,...
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Pt Reyes Estero Big Loop
by Rage on May 03, 2013
Point Reyes, California, United States
Hiking | 17.5 miles
Point Reyes is a magnificent place and we never get tired of it.  Exit Hwy 101 and take Hwy 1 north near Mill Valley.  Continue on Hwy 1 north past Stinson Beach.  Just prior to Pt Reyes Station, turn left on Sir Francis Drake Blvd and stay on Sir Francis Drake Blvd.  Turn left on Estero which is a narrow paved road to the Estero TH where there is parking and restrooms. ...
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Snake/eel skeleton Photo
Looking down from a grassy meadow Photo
Ascending towards the forest Photo
Nicasio Reservoir -- 400th geocache find
by coyotebush on Aug 12, 2009
Nicasio, California, United States
Hiking | 3.8 miles
I brought the family along in search of my 400th geocache.