Point Reyes Station Travel Guide

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Point Reyes Station Highlights

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     Serene beauty, wildlife, trails 

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     Frequent foggy, cold, misty weather (particularly when out of town guests come to visit) 

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     Nice weekend getaway place (if you are in SF!). 

Point Reyes Station Things to Do

  • Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes juts way out into the Pacific, forming a bay named Drake Bay. This is a beautiful scenic area, full of tremendous vistas and wildlife. Keep a lookout for the Tule elk. These animals were hunted nearly to extinction in the 19th century. The few survivors were transported here, where they have thrived. Also, look and listen for sea lions...

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  • Saturday Farmers Market

    On Saturdays from 9 am until 1 (June through Nov.) there is a lively farmers market in Point Reyes Station. Here you'll will find local organic produce, products like honey and fruit preserves, homemade soaps, locally produced cheeses, as well as less common items like knitting yarn spun from local sheep. The mix of people here is interesting, with...

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  • Scenic views from Inverness

    The small town of Inverness is the last stopping point heading north into the national park. It is a place to get last minute food, a staging area for kayaking, and a good location to see more of Tomales Bay. This old fishing boat is a bit of a landmark and provides an interesting foreground for views of the bay.

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  • Hikes

    There is no shortage of scenic hikes in this area. Point Reyes National Seashore has miles and miles of marked trails, and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area on the mainland also has a beautiful, and long, trail along the Bolinas Ridge. There are also two California State Parks close by, with Samuel Taylor State Park on the mainland with...

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  • Tomales Bay

    Tomales Bay is the long, narrow stretch of water that separates the northern half of Point Reyes Peninsula from the mainland. It is famous for oysters, which you will find at many places in the area, recreational activities such as kayaking, and beautiful scenery. The three towns here are Marshall on the mainland, Point Reyes Station at the source...

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  • Beaches!

    Point Reyes National Seashore has several extensive beaches. You could walk here for hours and find near complete solitude once you get away from the trailheads and parking lots. Point Reyes Beach faces the Pacific Ocean, and is rough and windy, and often foggy. Don't come here expecting to swim and explore tide pools. Here you will face the...

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Point Reyes Station Restaurants

  • Fresh seafood

    This restaurant is a local place that serves fresh oysters and seafood. I had a grilled halibut and my wife had the scampi. The best menu options were the specials of the day. The main menu looked very generic. The halibut was good and my wife said the scampi was just average. The big winner were the French Fries. They were very fresh/warm and...

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  • One restaurant inside the PRNP

    I haven't actually eaten here. However, it is literally the only restaurant within Point Reyes National Park. So if you happen to go to Drakes Beach, sort of on the way to the light house, then you'll have a chance to catch a bite to eat here.

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  • A spot perfect for lunch

    A lunch of mixed nuts, power bars and water hit the spot. Anything would hit the spot on a day like this, in a spot like this, with a view like this. Can you imagine anything better?

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Point Reyes Station Transportation

  • Laguna Trail - I turn around

    In an effort to get Yubert to stop poking me in the butt with a stick, I stop and turn around... It's his turn to blaze the trail.

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  • Laguna Trail - on the up-slope

    As we make the initial climb on this trail, Yubert chats with some folks that are headed back down to the parking lot. "Are there any hot chicks out there," Yubert asks? He never did tell me the answer.

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  • A gorgeous way to hike in to Coast Camp

    Hike in to the Coast Camp via the Laguna trail. It's only 1.8 miles in to the camp, and starts out with a bit of a climb. I recommend this way in, however, as the climb is at the beginning, rather than at the end.

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Point Reyes Station Shopping

  • The best artisan cheeses

    Cowgirl Creamery is a destination of its own for food lovers. The locally produced artisan cheeses produced here are probably as good as you will find anywhere. They have many varieties for their own cheeses, which are soft ones, but also sell a wide range of regional and imported cheeses also. You really can't do any better if you are looking for...

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  • Not much shopping available

    Excellent organic cheeses and other specialty products. Outside of this shop there is not alot of shopping in the Pt Reyes area. Inverness and Inverness Park are literally don't sneeze or you miss them towns. Pt Reyes stations actually has stores but not many. If shopping is what you like I would not come here.

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  • Pick up your trail maps and postcards...

    This is the ranger station for Point Reyes National Seashore. In here you can talk with rangers to get information on camping sites, hiking trails, etc. They will provide you with free trail maps, guides to trails, etc. There is also a reservations desk, where you can reserve spots at the various campsites. And lastly, there is a gift shop where...

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Point Reyes Station Local Customs

  • Street protest

    Point Reyes Station looks a quiet town, but this doesnt`mean that important issues are disregardes ;)

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  • Passionate locals

    West Marinites are known for being fiercely protective of their environment. They have zero tolerance for litter or dumping. Dumping in West Marin is like bringing drugs into some countries. Seriously. This "monument" was created from trash collected from the creek alongside a road. The messages read "All this junk out of the creek", "Water and oil...

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  • A place to swim - Drakes Beach

    Even though the coastline in Point Reyes is absolutely beautiful, it's generally a rugged beauty. There are few beaches where it's actually safe to swim. However, if you happen to find Drakes Beach, you can safely go for a dip in the ocean (though the water's chilly!).

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Point Reyes Station Warnings and Dangers

  • Long steep stairs to Lighthouse

    Take some time when returning up the stairs from the lighthouse. It is pretty steep and the stairs are longer than they appear!

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  • Windy area

    At Point Reyes you should expect wind even as the weather in the inland looks pretty nice. The area is exposed to the Pacific. So bring some jacket with you!See the photo with trees growing towards the side because of frequent wind.

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  • It doesn't always look like this

    Usually, Point Reyes is cold, foggy and damp - after all, it is supposed to be the foggiest place in the country. And if the entire Point isn't shrouded in fog (we call it the "marine layer"), the marine layer is hugging the coast. And if the marine layer isn't hugging the coast, it's hovering somewhere on the horizon, just threatening to come...

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Point Reyes Station Tourist Traps

  • And then some people are...

    ...trapped by the beauty of the beach and the fact that they're allowed to walk their dogs on this beach. Many beaches in California don't allow dogs. Lementour beach, however, does allow them... on a leash on one side and off the leash on the other.

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  • Some people get trapped in...

    ...the meditation of fishing. This brave soul was atop the slippery rocks as the evening tide stormed in. When asked what he was fishing for, he replied, "Whatever will bite!" I asked, "What's biting?" He replied, "Lots of stuff, but only a few have actually hung on."

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  • Many people are trapped...

    ...by the beauty and serenity of the blue Pacific Ocean and the calm, quiet beaches that can be found in Point Reyes. This woman seemed to be lost in thought as the morning warmed.

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Point Reyes Station What to Pack

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    by jessicadf Written Apr 29, 2003

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear a pair of good, sturdy walking shoes. Many trails are easy and are fine with tennis shoes. If you're going for a more strenuous hike or back packing trip, you'll want some good boots. Remember that you want to break in any boots long before you go on a hiking trip with them!

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Point Reyes Station Off The Beaten Path

  • Failed attempt to build Russian America

    If you have some time, you might drive further 60 miles north to visit an amazing place, Fort Ross, a testimony of a failed attempt, the building of Russian America in the XVIIIth and XIXth, from Alaska to California. For more, visit my Fort Ross page.

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  • Side Paths along road

    Along the road to the lighthouse on the last 400 meters before the parking there are some small paths leaving the road to lookouts. I found three, of which one was a lookout to watch the sealions below the cliff.

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  • Watch the sealions below the cliff

    Well, you can't approch them as Point Reyes has very high and steep cliffs, but there is a place where you will find a lookout to watch them sitting on rocks down at the water.How to get there: Before reaching the parking (about 300 - 400 meters) there is a small wooden sign on the left side of the road. The day I had been there I had to park very...

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Point Reyes Station Sports & Outdoors

  • Hiking along the Coast Trail

    One more mile 'til the end of the trail and we're on our way back home. Loved how the sunlight dappled the path at this point. Cool breezes blew through the marsh to our left.

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  • Hiking along the Coast Trail

    What a difference a day makes! Here is the eucalyptus tree at Coast Camp, the day after we hiked in. This time bathed in sunlight and blue skies.

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  • Hiking along the Laguna Trail

    On our first day of back packing, as we near Coast Camp. The giant eucalyptus tree in the distance was our destination.

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Point Reyes Station Favorites

  • Mashine room at lighthouse

    Beside the lighthouse you can find another building housing the mashines to generate the electricity needed to run the lighthouse. As these are not used anymore you can have a look at them. Also some horns which were used to warn the ships (useful when there is fog) can be seen here. It is not extremly impressive but worth just to have a look.

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  • Exhibition in Visitors Center Drakes...

    Check out the Visitor Center at Drakes Beach for some information about the history and nature of this beautiful area. There is a small exhibtion and outside the center you will find some information boards with the history of Sir Francis Drake.

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  • Hiking along the Coast Trail

    Isn't it just a gorgeous day? Who would have guessed that it was foggy, a little gloomy and overcast less than 24 hours before? This is the beauty and uncertainty of life along the Pacific Coastline.

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Drakes bay, western part
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Coast Trail to Bear Valley Trail
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Tomales Bay
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Drake Bay
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Forest fire damage
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Coast Trail
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Go west young man
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Old growth forest
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The ocean at last!
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Horse Trail to Mt. Wittenberg
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Tule Elk
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