NorCal Roadtrips

An Explorer's Guide to Northern California

Pt. Reyes National Seashore- Things To Do


There aren't many places where you can see so much beautiful terrain so easily. Places you can drive to include Pt. Reyes Lighthouse (requires a 1/2 mile walk in), Chimney Rock, historic Pierce Point Ranch, Drakes Estero, Abbotts Lagoon and more beaches than you can visit in a week. The chances are excellent that you'll see tule elk from the road to Pierce Point Ranch.


The seashore is dotted with numerous trails to some truly wonderful places. Locals hike here for years and never have to repeat themselves. Grab a trail map at the Visitor Center and take off. Weather here can be unpredictable and changeable; carry water and warm clothing as a sunny day can turn cold and windy within a few miles or a few minutes. Check for ticks and consider carrying a serious knife to scare off mountain lions should one encounter you on a remote trail. Its easy to find yourself alone out there.


Bikes are forbidden in the wilderness areas so there are more hospitable places for this pursuit.


Four hike-in sites with modest requirements and some terrific views make this place special. Always carry enough water to sustain you and be prepared for cold and wind, or both. If your tent isn't wind-friendly you may be sleeping uncovered.


The villages in this area are several cuts above the norm when it comes to authenticity and charm. Be it lodging, restaurants, shops or purveyors of home-grown products they are fun to visit and rewarding to patronize.

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