5 Best Point Reyes Hikes

Point Reyes is an amazing destination only an hour north of San Francisco. With over 150 miles of trails, there are enough hikes to last a while. This list of the 5 best Point Reyes hikes will give you some inspiration to get out on the trail.

This is a list of day hikes in Point Reyes, but there are a ton of other great hikes in marin

Chimney Rock

Total Mileage: 4 miles

Great For: Marine Wildlife Viewing

This short out and back hike offers breathtaking views. Only 1.6 miles, you will get to see the titular Chimney Rock while you walk along a jagged cliff. This is also a great trail for wildlife viewing. There are almost always elephant seals sunbathing below the trail. And, if you come during the right season, it is a great spot for whale watching.

woman standing on a beack

Drake’s Beach

Total Mileage: 1-5 Miles

Great For: Beach Lovers

There are a lot of beaches in Point Reyes, but Drake’s Beach is easily the most scenic.Technically, you can reach Drake’s beach directly from the parking lot. But, this beach has a long stretch of sand that you can walk many miles along.

Woman in a tent at sunrise

Tomales Point

Total Mileage: 9 Miles

Great For: Trail Running

At the far northern tip of Point Reyes, the National Seashore doubles as an elk preserve. This 9 mile out and back hike takes you through the reserve all the way to Tomales Point. If you do this hike in the Fall, be prepared to hear the bugling of the Tule Elk.

Alamere Falls

Total Mileage: 14-16 Miles

Great For: Honestly, pretty much everyone

Taking the Palomarin Trail to Alamere Falls is the classic Point Reyes hike. Alamere falls is one of only 3 waterfalls in the United States that falls directly into the ocean. If you decide to embark on this adventure, be sure to arrive early. Not only is the hike 10-12 miles, but parking fills up early on weekends.

woman over looking coast

Point Reyes Lighthouse

Total Mileage: 3 Miles

Great For: History Buffs

A trip to Point Reyes really isn’t complete without visiting the lighthouse. At the far Western reaches of Point Reyes, there is a short 1 mile hike out to a historic lighthouse. If you are looking for a hike with historical significance, great photo opportunities and a whole lot of stairs, this is definitely for you!

Point Reyes Shipwreck

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Hopefully this list has inspired you to get outside in Point Reyes. Whenever you are headed out somewhere with limited reception, be sure to let someone know where you are going and how long you will be gone!

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