Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead

The Abbotts Lagoon trailhead bulletin board and wayside and the trail leading to lagoons and ocean.
Abbotts Lagoon is excellent for birdwatching with access to marsh, lagoon and ocean.

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Quick Facts
Point Reyes National Seashore's Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead is located along Pierce Point Road, Inverness, California. Geographic Coordinates: 38.1235, -122.9355

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Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead is located along Pierce Point Road. Abbotts Lagoon is known for fantastic birding opportunities (particularly in the fall and winter), and beautiful wildflowers in the spring.

Suggested Routes From This Trailhead

Hike the Abbotts Lagoon Trail to the Footbridge: 2 miles (3.2 km) roundtrip, easy
Hike the Abbotts Lagoon Trail to the Ocean: 2.8 miles (4.5 km) round trip, easy

Park Regulations

  • Take only pictures; leave only footprints: Almost everything one finds at Point Reyes is protected by law, including shells, rocks, fossils, flowers, and artifacts.
  • Please only travel on authorized trails, respect posted signs, and practice Leave No Trace principles when recreating in the park.
  • Check current conditions and trail advisories and closures before your visit.
  • Bicycles are permitted on the first 0.9 miles (1.5 km) of the Abbotts Lagoon Trail to the footbridge. Bikes are not permitted beyond the footbridge. E-bikes are prohibitted.
  • Pets are not permitted on the Abbotts Lagoon Trail. Visit our Pets page to learn where pets are permitted at Point Reyes National Seashore.
  • Horses and pack animals are permitted on the Abbotts Lagoon Trail. Please visit our Horse Riding page for more information.
  • Drones are not permitted anywhere in Point Reyes National Seashore.
  • Glass: Glass containers are prohibited on all Point Reyes Beaches, as well as within 50 feet (15 meters) of Abbotts Lagoon.


The Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead parking lot is approximately 20 minutes by car from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. There is a dirt/gravel parking lot on the west side of Pierce Point Road 3.4 miles (5.4 km) from its junction with Sir Francis Drake Boulevard. The parking lot can accommodate ~40 vehicles. A vault toilet is located at the parking lot.

Directions to Bear Valley
Directions from Bear Valley to the Abbotts Lagoon Trailhead

Point Reyes National Seashore

Last updated: April 18, 2024