• The Point Reyes Beach as viewed from the Point Reyes Headlands

    Point Reyes

    National Seashore California

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  • Point Reyes Fire Management will be using heavy equipment on the Inverness Ridge Trail this week.

    A recreation advisory is in effect for hiking, horse riding, and biking along the Inverness Ridge Trail (aka Bayview Fire Road) during the week of September 14, 2014. Extra caution in this area is critical while work is in progress. More »

Current Conditions

Park Roads

All Park Roads are currently open.

The 2014 Winter Shuttle Bus System ended on Sunday, March 30, 2014, and is scheduled to resume on Saturday, December 27, 2014.

Park Trails

Abbotts Lagoon
Seashore staff will be working with contractors starting the week of September 2, 2014, to re-treat areas of European beachgrass south of Abbotts Lagoon that have been treated with herbicide initially in past years. More than 95% of the European beachgrass has been treated successfully with herbicide since treatment started in 2011. In addition, the Seashore will initiate a new project to treat up to 22 gross acres of European beachgrass-infested foredunes at B Ranch to benefit the adjacent highly imperiled population of Tidestrom's lupine, a federally endangered plant. Spraying will comply with all label- and permitting-associated constraints, including those related to weather conditions such as wind, fog, and rain. Notification of the potential for spraying during the months of September and early October will be posted at both the Abbotts Lagoon trailhead and at North Beach. Also, sandwich boards will be posted near spray areas during days of actual spraying.

Inverness Ridge Trail
Point Reyes Fire Management will have heavy equipment on the Bayview Fire Road (aka Inverness Ridge Trail) during the week of September 15, 2014, clearing vegetation for 20 feet on each side of the road with a masticator. The work will be done along the fire road between the Bayview Trail parking lot and Sunnyside Road at the edge of the Paradise Ranch Estates Subdivision. The work will be in progress for up to 5 days, beginning Monday, September 15. The project is expected to be completed on Thursday, but an extra day may be needed. This project is part of an ongoing effort to maintain the fire road for emergency egress and access. This corridor was identified as a priority for treatment in a community wildfire protection plan developed for Inverness Ridge after the 1995 Vision Fire. A recreation advisory is in effect for hiking and biking along the Inverness Ridge Trail. Extra caution in this area is critical while work is in progress. See the Project Highlight "Mastication Increases Efficiency of Fire Road Maintenance" (143 KB PDF) describing related work completed in February 2012.

Visit the Trail Closures and Advisories section of the Trail Guide & Suggested Hike page for the latest trail updates.

Wildlife

In summer, many species of birds raise their newly hatched young at Point Reyes, offering bird watchers many opportunities to see chicks, fledgling, juvenile, and adult birds. Thousands of common murres struggle to protect their incubating eggs while perched on the surf-pounded rocks below the Point Reyes Lighthouse. Visitors to the Lighthouse may also witness peregrine falcons chasing marauding ravens from their nests and territory. Tule elk begin rutting (mating activity) by early August. Tule elk may be viewed on Tomales Point and near Limantour and Drakes Beaches. On weekends, tule elk docents are stationed at Tomales Point to help visitors learn more about the tule elk and get a better view of the elk through binoculars. Please visit our Wildlife Viewing page for more information.

Visitor Services

The Bear Valley Visitor Center and the Lighthouse Visitor Center are open throughout the year.
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The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center at Drakes Beach is closed until Saturday, December 27, 2014, after which it will be open weekends and some federal holidays through the duration of the Winter Shuttle Bus System.

Through Labor Day, visitors are invited to join a park ranger to learn more about Point Reyes and its history, wildlife, and/or geology during daily ranger-led programs.

Drakes Beach Café is indefinitely closed.

Weather & Tides

Before traveling, check weather forecasts and advisories for Point Reyes at our Weather & Tides page or the National Weather Service.

Latest News

If you're looking for more information about what is happening at Point Reyes National Seashore, visit our News Releases page or our Park Wavelengths page for the most up-to-date news.

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