Sunset Beach Trail [CLOSED]

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Point Reyes National Seashore

Sunset Beach Trail is a 12.1 kilometer moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Inverness, California that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is rated as moderate and offers a number of activity options.

Distance: 12.1 km Elevation Gain: 269 m Route Type: Out & Back

hiking

mountain biking

walking

bird watching

beach

views

wild flowers

wildlife

closed

no dogs

It has been reported this trail has a temporary closure due to COVID-19. Please see the park's website for up to date information. Start at Estero trailhead and hike 2.5 miles until you come to a fork. Follow the sign to the right to the Sunset Beach trail. At this point, you'll have 1.5 more miles until the beach. This trail is a little deceiving in that most places will say it's a 3 mile in and out trail. However, the start of the trail is 2.5 miles into the Estero trail. So you can't actually start your hike at the beginning of the Sunset trail. Therefore, it's technically 7.6 miles in and back out (this milage may very depending on the time of day due to the tides).

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4 months ago

beautiful hike when you get there closer to late afternoon. thank goodness we didmt stay at sunset beach fir the sunset, we got back to the bridge at sunset and my hands were going numb. definitely recommend bringing wind gear as well cold accessories (gloves, hate, etc). Great over all hike though! saw some elk intermingling with the local cows on the way out

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5 months ago

Early sections are excellent but the stretch to Drakes Head is bumpy cow trails. The view makes up for it.

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8 months ago

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Sun Oct 21 2018

Nice relatively flat walk. Our 7 year old made it but was quite tired so I’d rank it 7+ kids wise.

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Sat Sep 22 2018

A very hot, though peaceful, hike. No wildlife spotting. Walked around the beach for a bit, since it was low tide — it was okay.

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Sat Jun 30 2018

Beautiful hike and - at leas on a Friday afternoon - not very crowded. Saw lots of wildlife - Tule elk, deer, seals, quail, etc. Note that at lower tides you can walk all the way down to the point, though it will add about two miles to the hike (one mile each way); well worth it for the views, the seals, the kelp forests, and the almost perfectly circular boulders shaped by the tides.

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Sun Oct 01 2017

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Mon Sep 04 2017

Went for a bike ride on this path last week. I had already made the hike on foot to Drakes Beach in previous weeks, so I decided to take my bike this time out and continue on the path to the right, towards Sunset Beach. It was not disappointing. Arrived at low tide, parked my bike and walked along the beach. Plenty of wild life to observe and beautiful scenery. Make sure to wear comfortable shoes, layers, and water. Get there early for the solitude.

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recorded Recording - Feb 15, 06:02 PM

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recorded Sunset Beach Trail

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