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Best Trails in Point Reyes National Seashore

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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.

on Tomales Point Trail
3 days ago

Great hike! I agree with previous reviews, it's more of a moderate hike especially if you complete the whole trail. Lots of wildlife and beautiful nature. And of course you can't bet the great ocean views!

on Palomarin Trailhead to Al...
4 days ago

Absolutely love this hike! Some words of advise though, I often hear and read a lot of reviews of people saying they pass the waterfall trail and have to turn around and backtrack to to the narrow left hand trail that is sometimes marked by stones or sticks "falls" or "waterfall". I'd highly recommend to pass up that "short cut" as I like to call it and continue north after about a 1/4-1/2 miles further you come to a "Y" in the trails, one seems to lead up hill and the other down. The left is more manicured than the right but they both lead to the same place. I usually go right. They eventually lead down hill to past some camp sites and to the beach. You literally just walk onto the beach rather than descending down a mountains cliff if you were to take the "shortcut". After you reach the beach turn left and walk the shore about a mile where you will reach the falls. This way makes for a longer hike and it's way less crowed. After I soak up the beauty of the waterfall & ocean, eat a snack and usually take a little nap on the beach, I start climbing the mountain just beside the falls and start my return trip back on the "short cut".

on Palomarin Trailhead to Al...
8 days ago

hiking

Hit this trail early on a weekday to avoid crowds. We were the first (and only ones) on the beach for a long time. And were only joined by two other people the entire trip. Made this a very enjoyable experience. This is a long hike in and back -- but the payoff is huge at the end. Be really careful climbing down to the beach, not an easy climb down or up for anyone who isn't mobile or able to pull up their own body weight.

on Palomarin Trailhead to Al...
10 days ago

hiking

I've hiked this trail many times over the past 1/2 decade and it definitely gets more crowded over the years. The water also flow much less than when I first hiked this trail. Nevertheless, it's a very nice and easy/moderate trail for a day hike and takes about 3.5-4 hours round trip.

on Tomales Point Trail
16 days ago

hiking

Beautiful hike with ocean views to one side and bay views to the other. Tons of tule elk (it was rutting season). Making the full trip to the point is definitely worth it.

on Palomarin Trailhead to Al...
17 days ago

hiking

A great trail with amazing coastal views, 2 lakes, and the multi-tier waterfalls and beach waiting for you at the end. Get there early, parking fills up very quickly. The rocky scramble down to the beach may be a bit much for some but worth the climb back up.

on Sky Trail to Arch Rock Tr...
19 days ago

Okay hike. Path down to the ocean is easy hike back is much different. Arched rock was closed which was a bummer.

on Palomarin Trailhead to Al...
21 days ago

hiking

Stunning trail! I recommend going in the spring when the falls are fuller, but we still had a great time in October. Tons of great vistas on the way. This is a top-notch day hike. There is nowhere to refill water, so being plenty with you. I would recommend about two litres, maybe more depending on the amount of sun when you go. Bring an outfit to change into after- trust me on this one. You'll be dusty and sweaty, and a fresh pair of clothes makes the ride home infinitely better. Finding the trailhead can be tricky, as locals remove signs leading into Bolinas to keep tourists out. Follow your map closely...

on Estero Trail
22 days ago

hiking

Hiked from Estero Trailhead to Drake's Beach. Excellent workout, which was about 9 miles. Trails are well maintained and signage is effective.

on Coast Camp/Laguna Loop
23 days ago

hiking

on Palomarin Trailhead to Al...
27 days ago

Such a beautiful view!!! loved it ❤️

on Tomales Point Trail
28 days ago

IMO this is closer to moderate level than easy, but definitely a great trail! Saw many elk, and other various wildlife. Also some wildflowers, even in July. Saw a sign at the trailhead about mountain lions but thankfully did not see one. Last mile in is all sand, which made that last mile in and first mile out pretty challenging!

on Palomarin Trailhead to Al...
29 days ago

hiking

great trail, lots of shade and beautiful views!! Yes, missed the water fall trail by a mile ... grrr!! Did a little rock climbing to get to the water fall omg crazy!! Other then that we loved it and would do it again!!!

on Tomales Point Trail
1 month ago

hiking

on Palomarin Trailhead to Al...
1 month ago

loved this trail! lots of shade

on Coast Camp/Laguna Loop
1 month ago

camping

Stayed overnight at coast camp (note - you need to reserve online). It was foggy and there was overcast and a light breeze during our stay. Definitely check the weather before heading to the trail. We took laguna trail and expect a slight ascent at the beginning and on your way back to the trailhead.