Point Reyes National Seashore

We began our day at Point Reyes with a walk along the Earthquake Trail. Yup! The San Andreas Fault runs right along the peninsula. Thankfully it was a peaceful walk and we didn’t feel any tremors.

Our next stop was the southern end of the park to visit the lighthouse. Here’s a recap in two words: foggy and windy! “Point Reyes is the windiest place on the Pacific Coast and the second foggiest place on the North American continent.”

Point Reyes National Seashore

A short walk through the fog brought us to the top of a steep set of 308 stairs. It was so foggy that we couldn’t even see the lighthouse at the bottom!

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Of course after we climbed down 308 steps, we had to climb back up! But along the way there were some nice views of the ocean.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Then we headed to the northern end of the park, to hike the Tomales Point Trail. This trail was also foggy and windy! It winds through the Tule Elk Reserve and we spotted a big herd in a valley.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Tule Elk Preserve at Point Reyes National Seashore

Tule Elk Preserve at Point Reyes National Seashore

Our last stop in the park was the McClures Beach Trail. It was a little under a mile, pretty steep, and took us through a ravine to the Pacific Ocean. I’m a fan of the beaches around here: cliffs, big rocks, tide pools, crashing waves. It was very scenic.

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

We walked along the sand towards the rocks and Kenan found a hidden path to a secret beach — so cool! And we were able to catch the sun breaking through the fog just in time for a pretty sunset.

McClures Beach, Point Reyes

Point Reyes National Seashore

Point Reyes National Seashore

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2 Comments

    1. Fantastic! I’m sure you will have a great time. Make sure to bring/wear layers—at the main visitor center it was sunny and in the high 70s, at the lighthouse it was windy and in the 60s, and up at the elk reserve it was windy, foggy, and in the 50s!

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