• Activities:

    Chillin, Photography, Hiking

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Spring, Summer, Autumn

  • RT Distance:

    2.3 Miles

Adult Beverages
Beach
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Romantic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

An easy 2.3-mile hike to enjoy the best of Point Reyes. Wildlife, marshes, headlands, and a seemingly endless beach. A wonderful spot for a romantic picnic (if it’s a nice day).

If you like beaches, headlands, scenic landscapes, wildflowers, and tons of wildlife viewing, you should give this hike a try. Although it only takes about an hour to complete the out-and-back, the vibe surrounding this area is just begging you to slow down and enjoy your natural surroundings.

The whole hike is beautiful. As you make your way down the trail towards the beach, you’ll meander along creek beds and across a couple of cool bridges until your reach the sand dunes and the beach. On a spring day, the area will be covered with wildflowers, and likely much less crowded than some of the more well known spots nearby.

Be sure to check the weather forecast. Sunny days here are glorious, but cloudy days (although still beautiful) can be very cold. Unfortunately, dogs are not allowed on this trail. Pick up picnic supplies in Point Reyes Station.

Pack List

  • Picnic supplies
  • Sunscreen
  • Camera
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Beautiful and easy walk to an almost empty beach!

8 months ago
8 months ago

I came out to Abbotts Lagoon with some friends for a quick adventure to get out of the city. The drive alone was worth it. The green rolling hills were so beautiful that we kept joking that we somehow drove to Ireland or Scotland. The hike itself was a bit of everything in that it was sunny and grassy then windy and sandy. Definitely recommend.

10 months ago
10 months ago

This is one of those hikes that make you really grateful to live in the Bay Area. The diversity of what you encounter on this trail - the wildflowers (jaw-dropping in May), the blue blue lagoon and its stark contrast with the sand dunes, then walking directly out to the beach to see the ocean - is a feast for your senses. Its really multiple hikes in one. It's also a really easy hike so it's good for the whole family! Highly recommend this.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

I hiked this trail during a coastal storm. Great hike and amazing adventure! I will certainly do it again when I am back in Point Reyes National Seashore.

about 1 year ago
about 1 year ago

Just checked this out today. Very scenic, and an easy hike. Don't forget your jacket, cause even though it's July it was pretty darn cold. I will be going back for sure. Www.deanmartian.com

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

we go with my family every year and we like to explore on the endless dunes and look at all of the wildlife---birds, jellyfish, seals etc.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

This hike is great for families as the trail is well-maintained and had a few strollers on it when I went. It's also relatively flat. Once you get to the small, wooden bridge, you'll be walking on sand, but you can head out to the coast and essentially have the beach to yourself.

almost 3 years ago
almost 3 years ago

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