Walking & Hiking Trails in Point Reyes

Opportunities abound to hike Pacific Ocean beaches, coastal plateaus, oak woodlands, lake and coastal grasslands, mixed redwood and evergreen forests, fresh and salt water marshes and estuarine bays. All ages can enjoy walking in Point Reyes on trails that range from easy to challenging.

Hiking & Walking in Pt. Reyes
The Coast Guard Station as seen from the Chimney Rock Trail.

 Selected Hikes

  • Trail Overview
  • Chimney Rock & Lighthouse Hikes (map)
  • Marin Agricultural Land Trust Hikes
  • Wildflower Walk (photo)
  • Bird Watching Hikes
  • Alamere Falls Trail (photo)
  • Pierce Point Ranch to Tomales Point Trail (photo)
  • More Point Reyes Secrets
  • Point Reyes National Seashore provides 70,000 acres and over 140 miles of trails to enjoy. Three types of terrain distinguish the trail systems of Point Reyes: the pasture lands of Pierce Point and the Estero, the chapparral ridges and California laurel valleys to the east and west of Limantour Road; and the forests and meadowlands in the southeastern end of the park. The principal trailheads are Bear Valley, Palomarin, Five Brooks and Estero. Check tidal and surf conditions before walking on the beaches. You can find excellent trail maps at the park visitor center. Bring water, a camera, food and a jacket.

    Spring at Chimney Rock
    Photo credit: Tim Hague ©

    Wildflowers, Chimney Rock

     

    Some trail information

    Kehoe Beach Trail from Pierce Pt Rd Trailhead
    Time: 1 hour; distance: 1.2 miles
    Terrain: easy
    Dogs allowed on leash

    Chimney Rock Trail - spectacular
    Time: 1 hour; distance: 1.2 miles
    Terrain: easy to moderate
    Elevation change: 100 ft; Shaded 0%
    rating: 10

    Lighthouse - wow!
    Time: 1 hour; distance 0.8 miles
    Terrain: moderate (308 stairs)
    Elevation change: 400 ft; Shaded: 0%
    Rating: 10

    Mt. Wittenberg Loop
    Panoramic views, highest point in the park
    Time: 3 hours; distance 5 miles
    Terrain: steep areas
    Elevation change: 1500'; Shaded: 60%
    Rating: 9

    Coast Trail to Double Point
    Time: 5.5 hours; distance 8 miles
    Terrain: moderate to steep
    Elevation change: 1000 ft; Shaded 20%
    Rating: 9

    These are just a few, there are many more hikes....

    Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Photo credit: Tim Hague ©
    Pt. Reyes Lighthouse
    Fall at Tomales Point
    Photo credit: Carol Martone © 1994
    Hiking Tomales Pt. in Fall


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