Explore the S.S. Point Reyes Shipwreck

Inverness, California

3.9/5
based on 10 reviews

Description

Added by Gaby Colletta

Explore the shipwreck of a 380-foot cargo steamship that grazed the land of Inverness over 100 years ago

Explore the shipwreck of the S.S. Point Reyes, perched on a sand bar off the shoreline of Tomales Bay. It is located in the small town of Inverness, just behind the grocery store. If you are driving North on Sir Francis Drake Blvd it will be on your right side. Parking is easy and you will see a small picnic area just footsteps away from the abandoned boat.

This is a great little detour if you are exploring Point Reyes for the day. Plan for a 10 minute pull-over. Great spot for photo buffs - beautiful rusting colors, with the backdrop of low-tide wetlands. You can hop inside the boat, too, where you'll find some interesting graffiti.

Recommend shooting around sunset - the golden hour light makes reflections quite lovely.

Nearby attractions: A beautiful tunnel of Cyprus Trees 10 minutes away. The Pt Reyes Shoreline and Lighthouse.

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Features

Photography
Easy Parking
Food Nearby
Picnic Area
Scenic

Reviews

There doesn't look like there is much to do here after getting a photo of the ship. Nice views though

Worth a stop. We were fortunate to stay right here, so walked over from our little cabin and explored. Not crowded and fun to check out. Stopped at the conveniently located grocery store too!

Looks interesting! I'd point out, however, that under "Nearby attractions: A beautiful tunnel of Cyprus Trees 10 minutes away," they're really Cypress Trees. They're native to Monterey, California, not the island in the Mediterranean.

Such a cool piece of history to check out in Point Reyes. One of the first "Iconic" landmarks I ever saw. Just a great little adventure to do.

I decided to drive up to the Point Reyes Shipwreck to see it before it was removed. It was such an iconic and unique part of the landscape and it was disheartening to see it partially burned up. Glad I made the trip out here! The small town of Inverness is a great little stop on the way to Cypress Tree Tunnel as well.

this place is one of my favorite photo spots on the coast. But recently someone decided to try and spin steal wool off of the boat, burning the back and. Because of someone's stupid actions they are going to remove the shipwreck. So if you are planning on adventuring out to the wreck VISIT IT SOON!

Sadly, as others have noted, the back portion of the ship has been burned down. Some photographer doing a technique called spinning steel wool lit it on fire one night in February 2016 and it caught on fire. The ship was already in disrepair, but this made it significantly worse. However, The bow of the ship is still in good shape. Still worth visiting, but not as good as it used to be.

Look it up under "why we can't have nice things". An amo photographer thought he needed fireworks to spice it up a little. Nice work. Now it's gone for good. Sheesh!

This is a must-have photo of Western Marin County. However, the description, "380 foot cargo ship" is way off. This is about a 38 foot fishing boat.

With easy parking right off the main highway, it is a quick and must see spot! I also would add that you should absolutely try and go at high tide as the reflections add a really beautiful element.

Leave No Trace

Always practice Leave No Trace ethics on your adventures and follow local regulations. Please explore responsibly!

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