This trail passes
through open grassland and cattle pastures, traversing rolling terrain and offers
outstanding views of Drakes Estero and Estero de Limantour.
is a large body of shallow saltwater bay located in the heart of Point Reyes
When hiking on
the nearby hills you can watch the tidal flats, sand bars, and birding habitats
as well as the open grassland and cattle pastures covering the hills.
Point Reyes is
divers large national park that offer many amazing hikes and places to visit. There
are many unique locations and hikes and I will not mark this one as a must
visit hike, it is fun but there are other hikes in the park.
National Park is located 1.5 hours north of San Francisco, west of the small
town of Point Reyes Station on highway 1.
hike start at Drakes Estero Trailhead, see below for detailed driving
The park section
is open year-round, but I would not recommend hiking here on a rainy or windy
The trail is
open to the wind without any shelter and can it get muddy during and right
On a nice warm
day it is fun hike just bring hat and sunscreen because it has no shade.
Due note 1: No fee is
Due note 2: Toilet is
available at the parking lot; Pets are not allowed on the trails.
Due note 3: The trail pass
through open grassland and cattle pastures, do not disturb the animal, keep a
safe distance, and do not walk between a mother and her cub. Please be
respectful of grazing stock and be sure to leave gates as you find them: if
they are closed, please close them after passing through.
Due note 4: No water
source at the trailhead.
Due note 5: The Estero de
Limantour SMR and Drakes Estero SMCA are two neighboring estuarine marine
protected areas (MPAs) located near Point Reyes. They protect important
estuarine habitat including tidal creeks, beaches, rocky shore, tidal flats,
coastal marsh, and sandy seafloor.
Due note 6: For more
information on Kayak Drakes Estero and Estero de Limantour:
Due note 7: Except for a
small forest section of the trail, the trail is completely exposed to the sun, there
is no shade or protection from wind or rain.
Due note 8: Drakes Estero
Trail is open to biking out and back, the way back as a loop on the cuttle road
through the farm is close to bikes.
Due note 9: There is possibility
of seeing bat rays and leopard sharks swimming just below the water's surface. A
good time to visit is the fall when leopard sharks enter Limantour Estero to
I want to visit
and explore this section of Point Reyes and I had the opportunity to visit here
on a warm nice winter day.
This is not challenging
hike. It cross the grassland hills overviewing the inner bay.
There are many other
hikes in Point Reyes so I will not mark this one as a “must do hike” but if you
have few hours to spend and the weather is nice this is a fun hike to do.
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