Limantour Spit

Limantour Spit

Limantour Spit

There is a shorter trail through the dunes before you get to the beach which we attempted a couple of years ago. The vegetation is spiky and unforgiving for small people. Better option is to hit the beach, turn right and walk as close to the end as you can. Five mile flat round trip. We saw harbor seals and one very decomposed whale.

Hike starts at: 38.025765, -122.884455. View in Google Earth.

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Average Beach

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Average Beach

Limantour beach in Point Reyes.

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Point Reyes Lighthouse

Updated on Sunday, May 3, 2020

Point Reyes - Tomales Point

Updated on Monday, May 10, 2021

Tomales Point in Google Earth

Tomales Point is a ten mile hike in Point Reyes. The trailhead is at the end of Pierce Point Road. It's my least favorite topological combination — the trail is mostly downhill on the way out and at the end you turn around and come back. It's worth it for the views of Tomales Bay and the Pacific, also for the flora and fauna along the way.

We did this hike a few years ago with my parents, thinking that we'd avoid some approaching rain. Of course the heavens opened as soon as we reached Tomales Point and it rained solidly for the five mile return leg. I remember emptying water out of boots and pockets and then steaming up the car for the two hour drive back to San Francisco.

Long-tailed Weasel

A Long-tailed Weasel at the start of the trail. It kept running away and then coming back to take another look at us. Very cute.

Rob & Gill at Tomales Point

Rob and Gill at Tomales Point. It was too windy to find a spot to get the camera to take a photo of both of us at the same time. Tomales Point looks out to Bodega Bay where The Birds was filmed.

Some sort of silver thistle thing

This plant looks like a silver thistle with a bright red flower. If you know what it is please leave a comment and let us know! Lots of people were in garden-center mode for the hike, admiring the incredible variety of spring flowers along the trail.

Turkey Vulture

A Turkey Vulture, hoping that we don't make it all the way back to the car…

Tule Elk

Tule Elk, native to California and slowly recovering from near-extinction in the late 19th century.

(9.77 miles, total elevation gain 241 feet, 3 hours, 39 minutes, average 2.67 mph, view in Google Earth, view in Google Maps.)

Hike starts at: 38.189931, -122.955497.

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Point Reyes - Drakes Estero

Updated on Saturday, July 18, 2020

Drakes Estero Hike

A pleasant, undulating hike along Drakes Estero (see north district trails, PDF) 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.

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