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
20 hours ago

Awesome hike. Lots of elk, especially when you make it to the watering hole. That last mile of sandy trail wears you out though. But the cliffs are worth it. Highly recommended.

hiking
21 hours ago

Sunday late am - early pm. Hiked the loop counter-clockwise. Note short stretch of unpaved road to trailhead. After brief stretch of gravel access road at beginning of hike, the western leg becomes a lovely path through the woods, gently undulating, some shade/some sun. Encountered deer and quail, few people. No shade as you approach the ocean. Toilets at Limantour parking lots. Walked along beach on southern leg then cut up to Coast Trail (look for lone tree at low spot in the dune). Eastern leg of loop is mostly gravel road with one short shady stretch; lovely scenery but more exposed and can be hot. I will probably do out-and-back on Muddy Hollow trail next time. Enjoyed the variety (woods, wetlands, beach) on this easy walk.

The trail is exactly how described with great views at the end.

hiking
1 day ago

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

Many Elk. Very minimal inclines. Many children and elderly on the trail. Went barefoot the last mile or so in the sand. One of the calmest and most serene 10 milers in my experience

Moderate and flat trail ends at a beach and great for a picnic. Beautiful scenery lots of tule elk and wildflowers! This is my favorite trail I’ve ever done!

Beautiful views along the way and at the end of the trail. Fairly easy walk along a dirt/ sand path. Unmaintained area was not difficult to navigate w long sleeves and pants. Took us under 5 hours round trip w a stop for lunch.

Beautiful views all around. Easy hike. Lots of wildlife!

My first real hike.. Be prepared for miles of sand hiking on the last leg and on the return!! The views will be well worth it!!

on Johnstone Trail

hiking
13 days ago

Good for a relatively quick hike down to Pebble Beach. Views when down by the bay lovely — less interesting higher up.

hiking
14 days ago

We went in August and it was still pretty chilly. Loved the views! Not a lagoon you can bathe in but still worth the views

hiking
15 days ago

Beautiful hike! Get to the trailhead earlier for parking (8 or 9am), and to see the elk, deer, and rabbits. Went yesterday and it was foggy on our way out, but was burning off on the way back — both ways, it was still gorgeous. Wear layers and bring lots of water. The last stretch to the ocean cliff view is uphill and deep sand trail so your shoes will be filled!

Awesome little lighthouse and views. Enjoyed this but enjoyed it even more from the water looking up!

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail with beautiful coastal ocean views. But best of all is that you get to see Elks! I’m glad I read other reviews here about wearing long pants, good hiking shoes and bringing a jacket for the foggy mornings. Make sure to bring water and snacks because the hike takes about 4hrs round trip.

hiking
21 days ago

awesome hike, get there early and wear warm gear. you will hike through fog most of the hike. but the end well generally be sunny, amazing little watering hole where the elk all hangout. I found driving from San Francisco at 6am made me one of the first people there. but it fills up and gets very busy!

I walked this trail on a weekday out to the ocean, it is easy just like all trails said but once you get out to the ocean it’s like you are the only one on the beach, you can go miles and miles north or south with no other people around, only birds and crabs.

hiking
24 days ago

You can only take this trail slightly past the turnoff for Drake's Head Trail. After that, it's overgrown brush that's 5' tall. I tried to force my way through the trail, but gave up once I had to resort to crawling through the brush. The rest of the trail is stunning!

hiking
27 days ago

GREAT view!

had a great day. dog oneash, kids running in the waves. the isopods were spawnong so the anchovies were out eating the eggs. all the pelicans and sea lions were out to eat the anchovies. amazing feaat of life. we also saw a coyotes and a red shoulder hawk just on the road. because of the restrictions on dogs we drove in except for the last bit to the beach where we walked with packs and had a picnic. totally would reccomend.

hiking
1 month ago

End of August or early September .... great time to observe ELK during rutting season. Get to the trailhead early ... parking lot fills quickly. And being early on the trail is best for seeing ELK.

Great hike today. Glad I followed the advice here and wore long pants and long sleeve shirt. Really overgrown and sandy the last part of the trail but lots and lots of Tule Elk. So cool to hear them call out through the mist.

hiking
1 month ago

This is an old family favorite. Returned six months ago for the first time in about twenty years. The hike/walk is easy and the scenery is beautiful. It’s definitely not a beach for swimming. Driving through and then above the fog on the way back was magical, as were the elk on the hill. We got out of the car and silently watched them for a while before heading home.

Spectacular!! Worth every shrub scratch!! Elk are everywhere even bugling which is always fun!! Saw plenty other wild life too!! The views though are extraordinary! My boyfriend and I have been on hikes all over the country and this is one of the top ones!! Loved it!

hiking
1 month ago

A beautiful and "casual" trail located at the tippy top of Point Reyes. Alltrails listed this as a very heavy traffic trail, which is true - depending on the time and day you are going - try going earlier! My boyfriend and I went on Saturday morning around 8:15 AM and there was about 4 total cars in the tiny parking lot. When we left, around 12:15ish, there was no parking anywhere -- uphill, downhill etc. As we're walking back - there was people everywhere! So come early

For those who do come later, when there is no parking, please be considerate and NOT park on the lanes leading to McClure Beach... these are narrow ass roads already - we don't need your cars blocking the road even more... talking to you Prius and Toyota owners! Huge abundance of these cars blocking roads, not cool.

Also, need a restroom? The parking lot DOES NOT HAVE A restroom - you would need to trek or drive down a short ways to McClure beach parking for the restroom.

The trail itself is very beautiful, the last 2 miles are UN-MAINTAINED!! The plants and wildlife overgrown in these areas, so be prepared to get scratched if you are not dressed correctly or don't care!

To be honest, we both wore shorts and the bushes didn't bother us too much.

The last few miles also have SANDY PATCHES. Holy crap, walking up sandy that sink your feet is no fun! Just an FYI.

The first 3 miles were amazing. Lots of downhill coastal scenery to be viewed, ocean waves crashing along the cliffs/beaches and rocks, elk everywhere! A bit windy, but with all the hiking - you get warm fast! Bring a jacket just in case there is fog, luckily my trip there was none.

The hike totals about 4.83 miles each way totally 9.66 miles, from parking to the very tip of the rocks where you can see waves crashing along tidal pools. Alltrails says it's moderate and that definition of moderate varies by individuals for sure. The level of this hike will depend on how you generally hike... going back to the parking lot is pure up hill. About 1-2 miles is just up-hill nonstop so be wary of that... suggest to bring enough water!

At the end, after going through shrubs upon shrubs, you are met with beautiful coastal view, you can climb down the lowest of the rocky platforms to get a nicer view -- it was well worth the 3 hour and 41 minute trek.

Very easy stroll, pretty much level. Once you hit the ocean you have the option of going to the right along an extensive beach or a hill climb to the left. We went to the right and enjoyed a scenic beach nearly devoid of people.

An easy walk down to the beach, a bit tougher getting back to the parking lot. Not so steep that you can't do it by just slowing your pace. Indeed, be wary of the sleeper waves. I got snagged by one, and it was dicey.

hiking
1 month ago

An easy, pleasant hike with an abundance of wildflowers. White-crowned sparrows greet you from the tall grasses and ravens croak overhead. During the right months of spring or winter, you might see multiple grey whales migrating along the coast. Bring some binoculars and take in the views.

Nice, easy hike with a pleasant walk along the beach. At some point you turn left off the beach and get to a gravel road that will take you back. The gravel road is not as nice to hike on so one may consider doing a point and back rather than the full loop. We had pleasant temperatures with nice ocean breezes that kept us cool.

We spotted elks, deer and coyote! It was a very nice trail with a lot of wildlife.

Incredibly beautiful place. There were so many flowers blooming and birds singing. I highly recommend it for an easy hike. Well worth it.

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