Hiking Suggestions

A single-track dirt path through grasses and wildflowers atop a foggy coastal bluff.

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Explore Point Reyes on Foot!

Hiking opportunities in Point Reyes are seemingly endless. Find solitude in Douglas-fir forests, take in iconic views of the Pacific Ocean or traverse the rolling coastal hillsides-- sometimes all in one hike!

These route descriptions alone are not a substitute for a trail map. Download a trail map or purchase one at a park bookstore prior to hiking.

Use the guide below to search for hikes by time, habitat or location.


By Time

Check out hiking options based on how much time you have to spend in the park.

 
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Hikes Under One Hour

Short on time? Visiting with family or looking for a mellow stroll? Try one of these trails that offer a fun adventure in under an hour.

Two hikers walk along a dirt path atop a coastal bluff; a vast ocean and purple pink sunset behind.

One to Three Hour Hikes

Want a big adventure but don't have all day? Explore one of these routes which range in difficulty.

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Hikes Over Three Hours

Pack a day bag with the essentials before you head out to some of the park's most remote reaches!

 

By Habitat

Trails at Point Reyes National Seashore pass through a wide variety of amazing habitats. Choose your hike based on what kind of areas you want to explore or what kind of wildlife you might be hoping to see!
 
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Coastal Hikes

Enjoy all the coast has to offer with these hikes that take you over coastal grasslands or down to sandy beaches.

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Forested Hikes

Looking for shade, and maybe some solitude? Explore some of our more forested trails.

 

By Location

Already know where you'd like to start? Browse through the park's trailheads and find suggested routes that begin at each location.
 
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Trailheads

Find out more about the parking, amenities and trails that originate from each trailhead.

 

Hiking Rules and Regulations

  • Pets are only allowed on a select few trails and beaches in Point Reyes, and must always be on a leash. Know where you can go before planning a trip with your pet.

  • Drones are not allowed anywhere in Point Reyes National Seashore.

  • Observe trail closures and warning signs. Certain areas and trails are closed for a variety of reasons including visitor safety, the protection of endangered species, and the privacy of park residents.

  • Do not feed or disturb wildlife. If your presence changes the behavior of any wild animal, you are too close.

  • Backcountry camping is only permitted in designated campgrounds with a valid permit.

  • Stay on trails to prevent erosion as well as to better avoid poison oak, stinging nettles, ticks, and yellow jackets.

  • Hikers must yield to horses on the trail, and use caution when passing by.

  • Day users traveling within designated wilderness areas may not travel in groups of more than 25 persons.

Hiking Tips and Safety

  • Check for current trail advisories and closures.

  • If you’re heading for the coast, check local weather and tide information before your hike, or inquire at any visitor center.

  • Always prepared for sudden changes in the weather with plenty of extra layers.

  • Carry plenty of food and water. Potable water is available at the park's visitor centers and backcountry campgrounds. Do not drink water from untreated sources.

  • Allow a 2 mile per hour pace (3 kph) for an average hiker, not including stops.

  • Tell a friend where you are going if you travel alone.

 
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Current Conditions

Between variable weather, seasonal closures to protect wildlife or emergencies--it's important to check conditions before heading out!

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Leave No Trace

Take only pictures, leave only footprints. Learn how to minimize your impact while visiting Point Reyes.

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Visiting with Your Pet

Know where to go and what you can do in the park with your four-legged friend.

Last updated: September 16, 2021

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Mailing Address:

1 Bear Valley Road
Point Reyes Station , CA 94956

Phone:

415-464-5100
This number will initially be answered by an automated attendant, from which one can opt to access a name directory, listen to recorded information about the park (i.e., directions to the park; visitor center hours of operation; weather forecast; fire danger information; shuttle bus system status; wildlife updates; ranger-led programs; seasonal events; etc.), or speak with a ranger. Please note that if you are calling between 4:30 pm and 10 am, park staff may not be available to answer your call.

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