Start at Point Reyes National Seashore Headquarters. Ask them to show you their brief introductory film. Try the short Earthquake Trail (see where the earth moved in 1906!), or walk up to the Morgan Horse Ranch or Kule Loklo, an authentic replica of a Coast Miwok Indian village.
Visit a Bay Beach: At Tomales Bay State Park, Heart’s Desire Beach is perfect for swimming; the picnic area has tables and grills overlooking the bay. And if it’s foggy on the ocean side, it’s often sunny here. Hike the Johnstone Trail, along the bay from beach to beach.
Visit a Pacific Beach: Automobile sightseers, head out to the Lighthouse or Point Reyes Beaches North and South. Hikers, visit Kehoe Beach for drama and long miles of comfortable walking. Abbott’s Lagoon is the place to hike on a foggy day; the waves seem to roll in from a cloud. Chimney Rock is perfect in whale and wildflower season in particular.
Hug a Redwood: Samuel P. Taylor State Park has plenty. Awesome.
Hike Tomales Point Trail: Hike along the spine of Point Reyes with views to the Pacific on one side and to peaceful Tomales Bay on the other. This is the home of the Tule elk. Take a convenient detour from the trailhead down to McClure’s Beach for tide pooling.
Bike Bear Valley Trail: Rent mountain bikes for the ride out along a forest stream to meadows and bluffs overlooking the ocean.
Visit Drake’s Bay or Hog Island Oyster Company: Buy oysters in the shell to barbecue on the beach.
San Francisco Hang Gliding Center: Tandem Hang Gliding just 10 miles from the Golden Gate Bridge. Introductory aquagliding lessons take place over the San Francisco Bay. Look down on Alcatraz, Angel Island, and the Golden Gate Bridge, from up to 3000 feet!! http://www.sfhanggliding.com
Blue Waters Kayaking: Tomales Bay is the largest unspoiled bay along California’s coastline. It has become a choice destination for sea kayakers.Our Tomales Bay site provides beginners or experienced paddlers easy access to the heart of the Pt. Reyes National Seashore. P.O. Box 983 12938 Sir Francis Drake Boulevard, Inverness, CA 94937 http://www.bwkayak.com
For more information about the Point Reyes area, please visit the West Marin Chamber website: pointreyes.org