• 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 »

Outdoor Self-Guiding Activities

EARTHQUAKE TRAIL

A short, informative trail with exhibits about the 1906 earthquake and the San Andreas Fault zone. Allow 35 minutes to walk this trail. Park in the gravel parking lot east of the Bear Valley Visitor Center. The trailhead is next to the picnic area restrooms.

Additional information:

  • 0.6-mile loop wheelchair accessible.

WOODPECKER TRAIL

A rustic trail through fields and trees with exhibits highlighting the flora and fauna of the area. Allow 45 minutes to walk this trail. Park at the south end of the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot. The Woodpecker Trail starts at the Bear Valley Trailhead.

Additional information:

  • 1-mile loop.
  • Trail is steep in places.

MORGAN HORSE RANCH

This working horse ranch for horses used by National Park Rangers in wilderness areas and for backcountry patrol has trailside exhibits focusing on the characteristics, breeding and history of Morgan horses. The Morgan horse is the first American breed of horse. Self-guided exhibits, corrals and demonstrations are a part of the ongoing interpretive program of the ranch. Allow 20-30 minutes to tour the Horse Ranch. Park at the south end of the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot and follow the signs from the Bear Valley Trailhead up a small hill.

Additional information:

  • 0.5 mile round-trip walk.
  • Some buildings open for public entry.
  • Handicapped parking area available at ranch.

KULE LOKLO

This replica Coast Miwok village has trailside exhibits that briefly describe the traditional ways of life of the first inhabitants of the Point Reyes peninsula. Allow 1 hour to tour Kule Loklo. Park at the north end of the Bear Valley Visitor Center parking lot and follow the signs to Kule Loklo.

Additional information:

  • 0.8 mile round-trip walk.

PIERCE POINT RANCH

Established in 1858, the renovated Pierce Point Ranch is one of the oldest ranches on the Point Reyes Peninsula and was one of the most successful dairy ranches of its time. It is representative of the agricultural heritage of this area. A short, self-guided path guides visitors through the historic complex. Allow 20 minutes to tour the ranch and 70 minutes round trip to drive to and from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. The ranch is located at the north end of the Pierce Point Road.

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Did You Know?

Bull elephant seal © Richard Allen

Four species of pinnipeds (seals and sea lions) rest onshore or breed at Point Reyes: the Northern elephant seal (Mirounga angustirostris), the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), the California sea lion (Zalophus californianus), and the Steller sea lion (Eumetopias jubatus). More...