The Point Reyes peninsula is a unique natural area to the north of the San Francisco Bay Area, and is an ideal destination for hiking and kayaking adventures close to the city. The entire peninsula is preserved as the Point Reyes National Seashore, a unit of the National Park Service. While only a short drive from the hustle and bustle of the metropolitan area, Point Reyes maintains a unique and refreshing natural charisma that feels a world apart. The peninsula is separated from the rest of Marin County by the San Andreas Fault. The fault line sinks below sea level in this area, forming Tomales Bay. This unique geologic circumstance is evident in the landscape and vegetation of the Point Reyes peninsula. Point Reyes National Seashore is more than a beach – the terrain boasts craggy sea cliffs, rolling hills, lagoons, lakes, estuaries, waterfalls, and creeks – all home to a wide range of animal life. Elephant seals convene annually for pupping season, endemic tule elk roam the grasslands, the tidal zones are rich with colorful marine invertebrates, and 490 different species of birds have been spotted in the park. Iconic landmarks such as the Point Reyes Lighthouse, Alamere Falls, and the picturesque “cypress tree tunnel” draw curious human visitors year-round.
Classes and Tours near Point Reyes
REI offers guided hiking and kayaking tours and kayaking classes near Point Reyes. Classes sell out quickly. Only available on select days.