Bayview Trailhead

A brown metal trailhead sign with a dirt path extending into a semi-logged forest
You'll see evidence of the 1995 Vision Fire on most routes that start at the Bayview Trailhead


Quick Facts
Point Reyes National Seashore's Bayview Trailhead is located along Limantour Road, Point Reyes Station, California. Geographic Coordinates: 38.0591, -122.8504

Historical/Interpretive Information/Exhibits, Parking - Auto, Trailhead

Multiple trail options begin at the Bayview Trailhead off of Limantour Road, leading either down to the coast or along Inverness Ridge. Both the Bayview Trail and the Inverness Ridge Trail depart from this trailhead and connect with the Sky, Laguna, Drakes View, Bucklin, and Muddy Hollow Road trails.

The western leg of the Bayview Trail leads downhill through bishop pine trees and coastal scrub to the Muddy Hollow Trailhead, where you can continue on the Muddy Hollow Trail all the way to Limantour Beach.

The eastern leg of the Bayview Trail parallels Limantour Road east to the Sky Trailhead, connecting with the Laguna Trail along the way.

Or follow the Inverness Ridge Trail from the Bayview trailhead northwest along the crest of the ridge to Point Reyes Hill, one of the highest locations within Point Reyes National Seashore.

The Bayview, Bucklin, Drakes View, Laguna, and Muddy Hollow Road trails pass through the Phillip Burton Wilderness. The Vision Fire burned through this area in October 1995.

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 Inverness Ridge Trail, but prohibited on all other trails in this immediate area; bicycles are prohibited in Wilderness.
  • Pets are not permitted on any of the routes that start from the Bayview Trailhead. Visit our Pets page to learn where pets are permitted at Point Reyes National Seashore.
  • Horses and pack animals are permitted on most park trails, including all of the routes that start from the Bayview Trailhead. Please visit our Horse Riding page for more information.
  • Drones are not permitted anywhere in Point Reyes National Seashore.


The Bayview Trailhead parking lot is approximately 10 minutes by car from the Bear Valley Visitor Center. There is a small gravel parking lot with space for ~20 vehicles on the north side of Limantour Road 4.4 miles (7 km) from its junction with Bear Valley Road.

Directions to Bear Valley
Directions from Bear Valley to the Bayview Trailhead

Point Reyes National Seashore

Last updated: February 15, 2024