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.
I really like this trail. It's almost 5 miles one one but totally worth it! The last time I hiked it it was December 3rd and the weather was very nice. We started around 10:30 and we were able to get back around 3pm and this is with our pictures stops and lunch nap. The view of the ocean is amazing! Totally worth it!
Beautiful trail, modest elevation, mostly shaded. Waterfalls, streams, and a beautiful ocean view at the end. Go to the bathroom at the visitor center at the beginning of the trail because the flushless toilets are pretty gross. Arch Rock has collapsed so let's start a contest to rename the trail.
Rebecca L. on Earthquake Trail
A great easy little loop trail for the whole family. It's beautiful and educational. My daughter loved seeing all the deer.
this hike has the worst people on it, because it's not wilderness lovers seeking solitude, it's bored rich kids who want a selfie by the falls. expect to encounter hundreds of pieces of toilet paper, the odor of an outhouse miles into the hike from all the human droppings, expect to see hordes of people on most days, they play music on little boxes for everyone else to "enjoy" and the erosion is really sad. if you do go don't go down the cliffs, continue on the trail and walk down the beach to the falls. pretty soon the park service will have to do something to protect this trail
The trail to Arch rock is indefinitely closed so that was a big disappointment but it appears you may be able to walk along the beach and see the area. I didn't get a chance to try this because I didn't know the tide schedule. Overall, the views of the coastal cliffs and Drakes Bay were a highlight.