Point Reyes - Drakes Estero

Updated on Sunday, October 16, 2022

Drakes Estero Hike

A pleasant, undulating hike along Drakes Estero to Sunset Beach and back.

Gill at Drakes Estero

Gill illustrates the length of Drakes Estero.

Rob at Drakes Estero

Rob slowly sinking into the mud on Sunset Beach.

Striped shore crab at Drakes Estero

I think this is a striped shore crab, saw a couple of these guarding the approach to the beach.

(7.71 miles, total elevation gain 1,594 feet, 2 hours 48 minutes (average 2.76 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 38.081683, -122.9142.

(Related: Lands End; Point Reyes - Tomales Point; San Francisco Shoreline Timelapse)

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Hill 88

Updated on Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Hill 88 Hike

Hill 88 is a favorite walk when the Marin headlands are free from fog. Starting from Fort Cronkhite the Coastal Trail winds up to Hill 88 at 960ft, past various WWII era coastal defenses. Cross the ridge and descend down Wolf Ridge Trail and Miwok Trail to complete a 4.5 mile loop.

Rodeo Beach

Rodeo Beach viewed from the Coastal Trail. As you ascend there are views of the Golden Gate Bridge and San Francisco.

Battery Townsley

Battery Townsley, one of several coastal defenses passed on the walk.

Mount Tamalpais from Wolf Ridge Trail

View of Mount Tamalpais as you begin to descend Wolf Ridge Trail.

(4.56 miles, total elevation gain 1,142 feet, 1 hour 38 minutes (average 2.79 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.832683, -122.526217.

Updated 2021-09-07 17:55:

Hill 88

Having done this walk many times I would now recommend doing it counterclockwise. You get a nice flat stretch to warm up, a fairly steady climb to the top and then can enjoy the ocean views on the way down if the fog is cooperating.

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San Francisco from Hill 88

San Francisco from Hill 88

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Bernal Hill

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020
Bernal Hill

Closest walk from home is a quick trip round Bernal Hill for views of downtown San Francisco and three bridges.

(0.83 miles, total elevation gain 292 feet, 23 minutes (average 2.12 mph), view in Google Earth)

Hike starts at: 37.74355, -122.417583.

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