Point Reyes National Seashore

California, United States
 (12 votes, 12 reviews)
Point Reyes is a few miles north of San Francisco and offers a number of great hiking options. There are short hikes to the beach from several entrances, as well as longer backpacking options. There are many campsites near the beaches with water and facilities. The lighthouse on the point is also a major tourist attraction, as are the wildflowers in the spring.

Trails

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Marin, California Culinary Tour
Along Highway 1 north of San Francisco, explore a foodie enclave with leisurely hikes, picnics, and an enticing vibe.
Easy
Abbotts Lagoon
Short hike to the beach in Point Reyes National Seashore
Easy
2.8 mi/
4.5 km
Palomarin to Alamere Falls
A great hike from Palomarin to Alamere Falls in Marin County
Easy
8.4 mi/
13.5 km
Palomarin to Limantour Beach
Backpacking the Coast Trail in Point Reyes
Easy
16.1 mi/
26 km
The Coastal trail to Alamere Falls
A scenic hike in either direction with the creme' de la creme' Alamere Falls as your reward
Moderate
8.3 mi/
13.4 km
Estro Trail to Sunet beach
a nice walk to the ocean
Moderate
9.4 mi/
15.1 km
Moderate
10.0 mi/
16.1 km
Tomales Point at Point Reyes National Seashore
Glorious views and grazing elk await at Point Reyes National Seashore. Moderate 10-mile hike.
Moderate
10.2 mi/
16.4 km
Kayaking Tomales Bay, CA
Watersports on the California coast.
n/a
18.1 mi/
29 km

Samuel P. Taylor State Park

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Samuel P. Taylor State Park Exploration
The 2,882 acres of Samuel P. Taylor State Park wilderness is within easy driving distance of San Francisco.
Moderate
2.6 mi/
4.2 km
Barnabe Peak Loop Hike
A morning hike up Barnabe Peak, it's vistas and a return along a Redwood lined creek trail.
Moderate
5.6 mi/
9.0 km
Mt Barnabe, Samuel P Taylor State Park
Hike the winding forest trail up reach the sun-bleached summit of Mt Barnabe and views over Marin County.
Moderate
6.0 mi/
9.7 km
Devils Gulch
6.2 mile trail in Samuel Taylor State Park, California
Moderate
6.2 mi/
10.0 km

Phillip Burton Wilderness

Summary
Difficulty
Distance
Bear Valley to Coast Camp
Short Backpacking trip to Coast Camp
Moderate
6.1 mi/
9.8 km
Point Reyes - Bear Valley Trail, Sky Trail, Horse Trail Loop
Loop of trails from Bear Valley Visitor Center in Olema and back.
Moderate
15.6 mi/
25 km
Bayview Trail
10.2 mile trail near Inverness Park, California
Moderate
282 mi/
454 km
Backpacking at Point Reyes National Seashore
Sampling Northern California's spectacular coastline on an overnight camp-out.
n/a
57 mi/
93 km
Guides
The Coastal trail to Alamere Falls
The Coastal trail to Alamere Falls
Bolinas, California, United States
 
Moderate: 8.3 miles, 1-3 hours
A scenic hike in either direction with the creme' de la creme' Alamere Falls as your reward
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.
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
Palomarin to Alamere Falls
Palomarin to Alamere Falls
Point Reyes National Seashore, California, United States
 
Easy: 8.4 miles, Half day
A great hike from Palomarin to Alamere Falls in Marin County
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
Kayaking Tomales Bay, CA
Kayaking Tomales Bay, CA
Seahaven, California, United States
 
Watersports on the California coast.
Marin, California Culinary Tour
Marin, California Culinary Tour
Inverness, California, United States
 
Easy: Full day
Along Highway 1 north of San Francisco, explore a foodie enclave with leisurely hikes, picnics, and an enticing vibe.
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.
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.
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.
Samuel P. Taylor State Park Exploration
Samuel P. Taylor State Park Exploration
Lagunitas, California, United States
Moderate: 2.6 miles, 1-3 hours
The 2,882 acres of Samuel P. Taylor State Park wilderness is within easy driving distance of San Francisco.
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
Community Trips
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Backpacking in Point Reyes
by chris on Dec 19, 2009
Point reyes, California, United States
30 miles
Instead of snow camping in Yosemite this weekend (we were dangerously underprepared), David and I decided to camp out at Point Reyes.  We left San Francisco around 7am Saturaday morning, drove to the visitor's center, grabbed our permit and were on the trail just before 10am.  The hike to the camp was a bit longer than we had judged on the map (we ended up going about 14 miles a day when...
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Alamere Falls
by radims on Apr 18, 2010
Woodville, California, United States
8.2 miles
Point Reyes National Seashore
First view of the coast Photo
Unknown flower Photo
Wild Douglas iris Photo
Indian Paintbrush Photo
Pt. Reyes Backpacking
by navratil on Feb 14, 2010
Woodville, California, United States
38 miles
With my wife's and 1st-grader daughter's "ski week" both coinciding with Presidents Day, Debbie decided to take the kids to Cleveland for the week so they could hang out with their grandparents and cousins.  I couldn't afford the entire week off work, but I could take one day off -- and so plans were born for a three-day (Sunday to Tuesday) backpacking trip somewhere.  My first thought was the Skyline-to-the-Sea trail, but...
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Bear Valley Loop - Point Reyes
by dano23 on Jul 04, 2009
Olema, California, United States
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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Tomales Point Hike at Point Reyes
by tmusolf on May 06, 2006
Point Reyes, California, United States
5.1 miles
This is one of my favorite Point Reyes hikes.  There are wonderful views at every turn.  Ocean to your left, bay to your right, rolling hills in front of you and if you're hiking the spring, wildflowers at your feet.  There aren't many hikes where you get out to a dramatic headland point like this. The drive to the trail head is interesting in itself.  It rolls through old dairy country and ends at a...
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Looking west towards Drake's Bay Photo
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Point Reyes 3 day loop
by AllenRbrts on Jan 22, 2011
Point Reyes Station, California, United States
27 miles
This was a three day trip at Point Reyes. The weather was unbelievable for Jan. Had 3 days of 70 degree, no wind and very clear hiking.Did a loop starting at the Bear Valley trailhead, over to Coast Camp, then down Coast Trail to Wildcat camp and then back to Bear Valley. Each leg was about 8 miles. Also hiked down the beach to Sculptured Beach from Coast Camp and down to...
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Tomales Point
by EwaSkB on Jan 08, 2007
Vincent Landing, California, United States
8.2 miles
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Alamere Falls
by macridge on Oct 16, 2009
Woodville, California, United States
8.3 miles
This was a fairly easy hike until the very last descent to the falls. I didn't feel comfortable making the final drop down to the beach to get a photo of the lower falls.
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Giants Photo
Secrets Photo
Woodward Valley Loop
by laytonw on Jul 09, 2011
13.3 miles
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Point Reyes: Bear Valley - Sky - Woodward Trail
by fortytwoandrising on May 23, 2009
Olema, California, United States
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,...

Reviews
gmendoza
Beautiful and lots to do!
Visited on Apr 27, 2013

by gmendoza on May 27, 2013
Leroypcrx
One of the Bay area's hidden jewels.
Visited on Mar 27, 2011

by Leroypcrx on Jan 23, 2014
TessMary
Beautiful hike! I love the feeling of hiking high on the ridges along the bay and feeling that fresh ocean breeze blow right up from below your feet.
Visited on Mar 23, 2011

by TessMary on May 03, 2011
rriedy
Great place for variety of activities
Visited on Feb 02, 2011

by rriedy on Feb 02, 2011
robzilla
make sure to hike out to the very edge of the point, its beautiful and usually tons of wildlife is present
Visited on Jan 25, 2011

by robzilla on Apr 04, 2011
bruceco
Pt Reyes National Seashore has miles of beaches, rugged cliffs, amazing vistas, the home to the Tule Elk amoung many other wild life, waterfall and in the Spring time it is a very colorful area with, it can be very windy and cold at a moments notice, bring layers, sleeper waves have carried a number of people out to sea, be aware of the ocean and please, please please respect the area and stay on the trails
Visited on Jan 23, 2011

by bruceco on Apr 17, 2011
chris
I love point reyes. I have been here twice before and camped at the same campground both times. This past time, we backpacked through most of Point Reyes (it was about 10 miles each day) along cliffs, to beaches, and through the woods. It was in December, so the weather was pretty wet and the sun set early but we still had a great time (except the last hour when it REALLY started raining).

I'd go back in a heartbeat.

Visited on Dec 20, 2010

by chris on Nov 22, 2010
robzilla
SO many hikes in such a beautiful area. I recommend a trip out to Alamere falls, awesome this time of year.
Visited on Nov 30, 2010

by robzilla on Jan 23, 2011
steverod
Point Reyes is the Bay Area's favorite park for a reason: it has an amazing variety of hikes and scenery. You can see waterfalls and lakes and deep forests and coastal cliffs and gentle beach and meadows and creeks all in a day. You can take a casual stoll from the Visitor Center to Arch Rock - easy enough for almost anyone - or go to the same place with a huffing puffing climb up 1,400' Mount Wittenberg. You can watch Tule Elk on the way to Tomales Point or whales from the Lighthouse.
Visited on Oct 02, 2010

by steverod on Apr 08, 2011
koosh
Tomales Point Trail (the only trail I've hiked here) is about a 10 mile hike, very little elevation change, with great ocean views. It can be foggy, and even without the fog can get windy and cold with the sea spray.

It's relatively easy to lose the trail at points, because the vegetation gets sparse. So don't get overcommitted to thinking you're on the right track, turn around!

Visited on Jun 30, 2009

by koosh on Jan 09, 2012
flegar
I've made a long distance trip from the Old HW 1 (Five Brooks) to the Alamere Falls. The route between HW 1 and the coast ist boring and has almost no change of landscape.
Visited on Mar 31, 2009

by flegar on Apr 12, 2011
MelG
My absolute favorite hiking spot in the Bay Area. You get an almost other world feel when traversing through here, which is part of the reason why it is so great. Calming, flat, rolling hills. Love it.

by MelG on Nov 30, 2013

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