Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December 2013. More »
2013 Harbor Seal Pupping Season Closures
From March 1 through June 30, the park implements closures of certain Tomales Bay beaches and Drakes Estero to water-based recreation to protect harbor seals during the pupping season. Please avoid disturbing seals to ensure a successful pupping season. More »
Park Wavelengths is a bi-weekly email informing subscribers about events, closures, natural history, and cultural history at Point Reyes. If you would like to subscribe to Park Wavelengths, please email us. Please include "Would like to subscribe to Park Wavelengths" in the subject field and include your email address in the message. Or...
Friday, May 17, 2013
Subject: Update on Sunday, May 19 road closures
Note: The bike race is predicted to come through the Point Reyes-Olema area between 9 am and 10 am on Sunday with rolling road closures in Olema/Sir Francis Drake Boulevard and then Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. Plan accordingly.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
West Marin will be busy this weekend! A trail ride and barbecue will be staging out of the Five Brooks area on Saturday, May 18, as well as a leg of a statewide bike race on Sunday, May 19. Parking may be limited at the Five Brooks Trailhead during the Saturday event. The bike race has rolling closures: Sir Francis Drake Blvd. at Olema will be temporarily closed as the bike riders pass, as will the Point Reyes-Petaluma Road. Patience and Travel Early!
Looking ahead to Memorial Day weekend, a penumbral lunar eclipse-- a small eclipse that is almost unnoticeable--may be seen just after 9 pm on Friday. A full moon rises on Saturday over the holiday weekend with daylight early morning low tides.
Lake Ranch and Morgan Horse Trail remain blocked by trees. There are some "step-overs" reported on the Rift Zone Trail and Bear Valley.
The last of the wildflowers are blooming - color pops of purple Brodiaea on Lucas Valley Road summit and orange monkey flower along Sir Francis Drake Blvd. coming through the redwoods.
New benches with lovely views of Inverness Ridge have been installed on the east side of the Giacomini Wetlands along the trail adjacent to downtown Point Reyes Station.
On Memorial Day, Monday, May 27, the Bear Valley and the Lighthouse Visitor Centers will be open. Keep it safe: don't turn your back on the ocean; pack plenty of water, sunscreen, and extra clothing in case the wind and fog pick up.
National Park Service and US Coast Guard staff are holding their annual commemoration ceremony at the Life-Saving Service cemetery located off of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard just past the Coast Guard sign on Memorial Day, Monday at 2 pm. Look for red, white, and blue bunting. The ceremony is open to the public and is followed by a reception at the Historic Lifeboat Station.
Wednesday, May 1, 2013
More shows in the sky with the Eta Aquarid meteor showers peaking on Sunday, May 5. The sliver of crescent moon should provide no competition to watching the fireballs in the early morning hours to the south east.
Tent caterpillars have pitched their webs along the Earthquake Trail. These future moths spin silky white "tents" and the caterpillars climb over them. The caterpillars are small striped larvae with bristles. They feed on ceanothus, willow, and oak before making cocoons and hatching out into brownish moths.
Twinberry is blooming along the Estero Trail. Look for two golden and pink tubular flowers next to each other; they will later become black berries surrounded by a frill of crimson. Those cauliflower-looking flowers on a stalk with large white blooms 5 to 6 feet high are cow parsnip.
Fire season has begun in Marin County and the Seashore's fire season begins soon. Please be cautious when parking in dry (already!) grass; check for sparks from catalytic converters. Hold all matches and smoking material until cold. Extinguish all beach fires with plenty of water. All beach fires in Point Reyes require a free fire permit, which are not issued in advance.
The application deadline for the Youth Conservation Corps Program has been extended until Friday, May 3. The non-residential program for young people works on clearing trail and brush removal in mid-summer.
Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Beginning May 1, the Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach will be closed except during the shuttle bus season. The Lighthouse Visitor Center and the stairs leading down to the Lighthouse will be open Friday through Monday; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays (the parking area and observation deck are open Tuesdays through Thursdays). The Bear Valley Visitor Center will be open 10 am to 5 pm on weekdays and 9 am to 5 pm on weekends.
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
Annual harbor seal protection measures begin Friday, March 1. Drakes and Limantour Esteros are closed to boating until June 30 during harbor seal pupping season. South Blue Gums Beach on Tomales Bay is closed to landings. During this sensitive period, do not approach pups on the beaches; pups are often left temporarily unattended while their parents are feeding and swimming nearby.
Did You Know?
Point Reyes National Seashore has established a sister park relationship with Kolkheti National Park in the Republic of Georgia. Located on the coast of the Black Sea, Kolkheti National Park protects an interesting variety of landscapes, flora, and fauna. More...