- This peninsula near San Francisco is noted for its long beaches backed by tall cliffs, lagoons and estuaries, forested ridges, and offshore bird and sea lion colonies. Part of the area remains a private pastoral zone.
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Point Reyes National Seashore
Recreation - Recreation at Point Reyes is exemplary. Visitors of all ages and abilities will enjoy the facilities at this park. The National Seashore has over 140 miles of hiking trails in both the north district and the south district. There are many ways to customize your hike to accommodate your physical and time limitations. Stop by the Bear Valley Visitor Center for current trail information and suggested hikes.
Point Reyes National Seashore offers year-around opportunities for backpack camping along the Pacific coast and mountains of the Phillip Burton Wilderness. Because of its location near the Metropolitan San Francisco Bay Area, the backcountry camp sites at Point Reyes are in great demand. Camping permits are required and there is a fee per night per campsite. Reservations may be made up to two months in advance of your planned trip by calling (415)663-8054 between the hours of 9 am and 2 pm, Monday through Friday. You may make reservations in person seven days a week at
the Bear Valley Visitor Center.
Over 35 miles of trails are open to bicycles, and over 10 additional miles in the adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area. Stop by a visitor center to pick up a free trail map which defines these areas. Remember safety, courtesy and respect for the park and others while on these trails.
Tidepooling can be a great deal of fun for families and anyone who wishes to explore an ecosystem normally off limits to land mammals such as ourselves. The best and most successful time to go on a tidepool adventure is at a negative low tide.
Though the tide cycles two times a day, it is not always at the same level. The level of the tide depends on the spatial relationships between the sun, moon, and earth. Tide tables are available at our visitor centers or at local book and sporting goods stores. A two-hour window of time, starting one hour before and ending one hour after the stated low tide, is the safest time for exploration.
Climate - Weather at Point Reyes varies not only day to day but from hour to hour. From February through July, mild weather carpets the land with a host of brilliantly colored wildflowers. Summer is the time when fog can blanket the coastal areas while the inland valleys remain warm. The coastal climate is generally moist and mild featuring wet winters and warm summers with frequent fog or wind from the ocean. Mean annual precipitation on
the peninsula is 36 inches.
Point Reyes is located approximately 22 miles north of San Francisco on Highway 1 along the west coast of California. Travelers may approach the park from the winding scenic Highway 1, either northbound or southbound. You can also reach the park via Sir Francis Drake Boulevard or Point Reyes/Petaluma Road.