Point Reyes Station Things to Do

  • Point Reyes Lighthouse
    Point Reyes Lighthouse
    by trvlrtom
  • Windblown trees at Pt. Reyes
    Windblown trees at Pt. Reyes
    by trvlrtom
  • Rock formations
    Rock formations
    by trvlrtom

Most Recent Things to Do in Point Reyes Station

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    Spring flowers

    by JLBG Written Feb 18, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    In Spring, there is around the lighthouse an abundance of common and rare wildflowers.

    On the first photo, the pink flowers are from the ice plant, a native to South Africa that has now been removed to restore the natural habitat for several rare and endangered plant species such as the Point Reyes checker lily and the Point Reyes rein orchid.

    Though, one native plant resists very well to the invasion by non native plants, the Yellow California poppy. It grows everywhere (photo 2). It is California state flower.

    Spring flowers Spring flowers
    Related to:
    • Road Trip
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    Dangerous reefs

    by JLBG Written Feb 18, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Just below the lighthouse, the ocean’s wave brake on dangerous reefs and rocky shoals. I can hardly imagine how it must look when the wind is really strong. By Point Reyes standards, when I visited, there was no wind and the ocean was calm!!

    Dangerous reefs
    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Beaches
    • Road Trip

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    Rugged coastline

    by JLBG Written Feb 18, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    On almost 20 km, the coastline north to Point Reyes is straight and low, with a wide strip of coarse sand. The always present wind lifts strong rollers that break a long way before they reach the coast. Even on a nice and sunny day, the foam is impressive. If it was possible to stand at the view point when there is a strong gale (which I doubt!), the landscape must then be terrific and nightmaring! I have read that when wind speeds exceed 40 m.p.h., the steps to the lighthouse are closed for visitors' safety but they do not tell if the view point is open.

    Rugged coastline Rugged coastline
    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Road Trip
    • Eco-Tourism

    Was this review helpful?

  • JLBG's Profile Photo

    Crooked by the wind!

    by JLBG Written Feb 18, 2009

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    Point Reyes is considered as the windiest and foggiest place on the Pacific Coast. The highest wind speed recorded was 133 mph, and 60 mph winds are common. As the wind is always coming from west, the few, meager trees that succeed in living are bent eastwards.

    Fog is the other specialty of Point Reyes. It is not unusual to have over 2,100 hours of fog annually which is one day out of four. One time, the keepers recorded 176 hours of continuous fog (7 days, eight hours).

    I visited Point Reyes on a gorgeous day with a bright sun and a nice little breeze. I have been very lucky. Among the visitors, I heard a man complaining that it was the fifth time he visited and the first time he could see the lighthouse from the top of the cliff!

    Crooked by the wind!
    Related to:
    • Eco-Tourism
    • Beaches

    Was this review helpful?

  • sacking's Profile Photo

    Coast Trail to Bear Valley Trail

    by sacking Written Jul 28, 2007

    Coming down from Mt. Wittenberg, take Sky Trail to Coast Trail. Coast Trail to Bear Valley Trail. Then Bear Valley back to trailhead. Views along coast trail are wonderful. Stop for lunch along beach. Rest up at Arch Rock cause it's 4 miles back to trailhead.

    Coast Trail View from Arch Rock at end of Bear Valley Trail
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • sacking's Profile Photo

    Mt. Wittenberg Hike

    by sacking Written Jul 28, 2007

    It's a mountain. Now, 1,400 feet in elevation isn't much of a climb, but you're starting at about sea level, so it IS a climb of over 1,000 feet in elevation. There isn't any view at the top, but the trail up to it is pretty nice. And from here you can take trails down to the Coast Trail.

    Almost at the top Trail up towards Mt. Wittenberg
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tom_Fields's Profile Photo

    Tomales Bay

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 4, 2007

    Tomales Bay runs along the San Andreas Fault. This is the famous fault line the runs along California's coastline, through San Francisco and Los Angeles. Only here is it plainly visible. Along the bay are numerous shops, restaurants, and places for boating, fishing, and other water sports.

    Tomales Bay Another view of the bay One of the piers along the bay
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Sailing and Boating

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tom_Fields's Profile Photo

    Drake Bay

    by Tom_Fields Updated Feb 4, 2007

    Point Reyes curls around, forming a bay called Drake Bay. Here are many seabirds, often seen foraging for small sea creatures along the brown sandy beach. Sir Francis Drake visited here in the late 1500s.

    The beach at Drake Bay Dramatic cliffs at Drake Bay Drake Bay, seen from the peninsula A pier juts out into the bay Sea birds gathering on the beach
    Related to:
    • Beaches
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • Tom_Fields's Profile Photo

    Point Reyes Lighthouse

    by Tom_Fields Written Feb 4, 2007

    This lighthouse dates back to 1870. It has undoubtedly saved many lives. This is the original lighthouse, with an authentic Fresnel lens. Designed by French engineer Augustin Jean Fresnel, it produces a powerful beam that is visible for many miles. This is the windiest point on the West Coast, where wind speeds often top 60 mph. So most lighthouse keepers considered it a less then desirable posting, but many showed great devotion to keeping mariners safe.

    Nearby is a small cistern, for collecting rainwater. It's an ingenious system, taking advantage of the frequent rains that fall in an area that lacks a fresh water source of its own.

    Point Reyes Lighthouse The cistern This diagram shows how the cistern works
    Related to:
    • Architecture
    • National/State Park
    • Historical Travel

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    Forest fire damage

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jun 10, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    After leaving the forests near the top of the Woodward Valley Trail, you'll pretty much have breathtaking views of the Pacific Ocean all the way down. The trail cuts through an area that burned by a forest fire in 1995. Although burnt trees appear tragic, a forest fire is part of the natural process of forest replenishment. The Bishop pines in the area need the heat from a forest fire to open up the pine cones and release the seeds. Forest fire control in the area has delayed this process for decades.

    Burned trees in Woodward Valley, Point Reyes
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    A boring mountain peak

    by karenincalifornia Updated Jun 1, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    I mentioned in a prior tip that the peak of Mt. Wittenberg is unspectacular - this is it. It is simply a flat meadow ringed by spruces. You don't even get a view. When I reached it, I didn't even know it was the peak, until I noticed that the trail seemed to go in circles, and the one other trail I could find went downhill in the opposite direction from where I came.

    OK, we've made it to the top - 1407 feet high. No need to tarry here. There are more sights to see, so let's head down to the coast.

    Top of Mt. Wittenberg, Point Reyes, CA
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    Coast Trail

    by karenincalifornia Updated May 31, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    To the south, you'll get a terrific view of the southern part of the Point Reyes National Seashore. On a great day, you'll be able to see Point Resistance, Arch Rock, Wildcat Beach, Stormy Stack and Double Point (furthest point in this picture). The Coast Trail hugs the coast and goes all the way to Palomarin Beach on the other side of Double Point. But that is a hike for another day.

    Point Reyes National Seashore Coastline
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    Go west young man

    by karenincalifornia Updated May 31, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    You'll approach a meadow with another fork. Follow the Woodward Valley sign and take the trail that heads west. This will take you all the way down to the coast. The trails generally are all well-marked but the Woodward Valley trail is less maintained than the Sky Trail. For about a mile and a half, you'll be walking through tall grasses and some thistles. Not really a problem, but it's advisable to check periodically for ticks. I did, and didn't get any on me (I don't think).

    Top of Woodward Valley, Point Reyes, CA
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    Old growth forest

    by karenincalifornia Updated May 31, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    After the spectacular vistas of the Pacific Ocean, the trail descends through old growth forests of spruces and cedars. Another fork in the trail will take you to the Sky Camp to the right (north) and to the Woodward Valley by going straight (west). For coastal access, head straight toward Woodward Valley.

    Forest on Sky Trail, Point Reyes National Seashore
    Related to:
    • Hiking and Walking
    • National/State Park

    Was this review helpful?

  • karenincalifornia's Profile Photo

    A birdseye view

    by karenincalifornia Updated May 31, 2006

    3.5 out of 5 starsHelpfulness

    As you descend Mt. Wittenberg on the west side, you'll catch your first breathtaking views of Drake's Bay and the Pacific Ocean (weather permitting). I've lived in the San Francisco area for 9 years and Memorial Day 2006 was the first time I had taken this hike. I was astounded by the beauty of the ocean and coastline. Just goes to show, there's always something more to discover in your own backyard, if you'll just give it a chance.

    From this view, you'll see Limantour Beach, the Limantour Estero, Drake's Beach, Drake's Bay, Drake's Estero and the point with the lighthouse.

    View of Drake's Bay from Mt. Wittenberg trail
    Related to:
    • National/State Park
    • Hiking and Walking

    Was this review helpful?

Instant Answers: Point Reyes Station

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

25 travelers online now

Comments

Point Reyes Station Things to Do

Reviews and photos of Point Reyes Station things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Point Reyes Station sightseeing.

View all Point Reyes Station hotels