Explore the most popular birding trails near Inverness with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

hiking
3 days ago

We’ve hiked here twice and this is definitely one of the prettiest trails we’ve ever been to! The wild flowers at time of the year are unreal! Highly recommended in any time of the year, but especially spring time!

Got there around 9:30 on a Saturday which was good to avoid major crowds. Wind in the beginning was super strong and cold. Trail started to warm up halfway through, wildflowers are head-high and really overgrown so walking through them was a trip. Views were beautiful and got to see multiple herds of elk.

An easy going trail with slight elevation gains and descents. Plan on hiking 10 miles plus as the trail is marked for 9.4 round trip. Add a few tenths for exploration. It was gusting 20-30 mph on April 30th. Tons of waist to chest height flowers to walk through towards the end of the point. Had a blast taking photos of all the Tule Elk. Will definitely be back when the flowers bloom again. Will be posting photos soon.

Better than any picture or words can describe.

Great trail. Beautiful views. Loved seeing the elk, coyotes and wildflowers along the way. Only downside was that I went on a Saturday morning and there were a lot of people on the trail.

Me and my wife did this hike on a Monday afternoon, so not crowded at all. GORGEOUS views at first, but ironically enough, a thick fog rolled in later in the evening as we were heading back. There are beautiful wildflowers all along the trail as well as many many elk that seemed to not be fazed by hikers. The trail is very well maintained except for the last mile or so. And make sure to wear long pants or boots. There is quite a bit of loose sand on the trail that filled my tennis almost instantly.

hiking
9 days ago

nice trail, flowers and berrys blooming lots of quail sat at beach for nice picnic the road getting here is long and in major need of repair very bumpy bathroom is clean

Perfect afternoons weather

Amazing wildlife here - saw about 100 he'll, salamanders, a gopher, a bunch of birds, a seal - wildflowers, beautiful cliffs - wonderful all around

Beautiful hike, lots of flowers and tule elk. VERY busy trail

beautiful view very windy and chilly those stairs were a bit hard on me but worth it

walking
10 days ago

Flat easy beautiful. Bobcat on our trail. Don’t do alone.

Big fan of this hike. I usually start just before sunrise. Beating the influx of hikers ensures you'll see the elk still resting pretty much everywhere along with coyotes, owls and several other animals. Shhhh, don't tell nobody! :)

hiking
16 days ago

great little birding trail.

hiking
16 days ago

easy 1.25 mile walk to this deserted beach. a bit of drift wood to be found as well as a lovely walk to the solitude.

hiking
24 days ago

Great hike with some beautiful views both at the top and near the shoreline where there’s access to picnic tables and bbq grills if interested.

Magical. Beautiful drive to the trailhead from the city and easy and beautiful walk through wetlands, around the large lagoon and to the huge beach expanse. Highly recommend

Beautiful. Went there Saturday afternoon clear and 60° outside. Spent a few hours at the lighthouse property just observing the scenic views. Cannot wait to head back in the near future! Definitely another trip coming.

We started around 1pm on Saturday, the traffic was quite heavy, but the views totally still worth it. We went with 2 little kids, the first 1-2 miles are quite manageable and you still get to see a lot. We saw lots of elks and wildflowers, gorgeous! The wind can get strong sometimes, so make sure to dress properly.

Pretty beautiful

its just a path to get to the lighthouse but worth doing. done it with little kids w/o trouble. just take it easy on the way back up the 200+ stairs. worth going down. we did it in the month of March and you can see a lot of whales passing by. its just gorgeous!

easy trail. done it with little kids w/o a problem. beautiful views of the cliffs, ocean and of course the elephant seal. i was expecting to see more flowers though.

Came for a day trip with the family and a couple girlfriends. Was just beautiful. We walked down the entire beach. Found ship ruins and hiked up the sand dunes. Was a wonderful day will go back for sure.

hiking
1 month ago

My friend and I did this hike last month with weighted vests.
It was very mild, although my big o' hiking boots were probably too heavy for walking in sand.
We started while it was still pitch black and didn't see anyone until a mile or 2 headed back.
There is an insane amount of elk and some foxes and deer.
The flowers were beautiful. We even got some light rain, so it was wonderful!

hiking
1 month ago

Do this hike now, while the wildflowers are in bloom!

If you go on a weekend, start early to avoid crowds. We left at 9AM and enjoyed walking through the fog as it burned off. Passed only a few people on the way in. The last quarter of the hike (around 11:30), the trail had become unpleasantly crowded.

We are fit backpackers and finished the trail in 3 hours and 10 minutes.

Amazing hike! A family favorite.

a great place to relax after an intense hike like Sky Trail. I would bring lunch next time.

1 month ago

A short hike down to the beach that leads to incredible views of the ocean, rocks to climb on, and a beautiful place for a sunset. Will be back!

hiking
1 month ago

Good solid hike, made it all the way to the point! Definitely with the hike, a bit windy and definitely no cover from the sun... at the end there is a bit of sand to trudge through so be ready for that... not too busy went on a weekday, will definitely do it again

Easy and kid friendly. Beautiful drive and beach!

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