Photograph the Cypress Tree Tunnel in Point Reyes

San Francisco Monterey Cypress Tree Tunnel at Point Reyes

  • Activities:

    Chillin, Photography

  • Skill Level:

    Beginner

  • Season:

    Year Round

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The Monterey Cypress Tree Tunnel is 45 miles north of the Golden Gate Bridge. Access to this spot is easy and it's not crowded and often secluded.

Just north of San Francisco, there's a row of giant Monterey cypress trees that forms a “tree tunnel”. Loved by Bay Area locals, it's a tucked away spot in the Point Reyes National Seashore for photographers to capture early morning sun rays, or for anyone to get some moments of solitude.

At the end of the tunnel, you'll find the historic RCA/Marconi Station. In the early 1900s, this was a wireless telegraph station where operators would tap out Morse code messages from the ships to shore. With the decline of Morse code and new technology, the station was retired in the late 1990s, and is currently preserved and cared for by the National Park Service and volunteers from the Maritime Radio Historical Society.

To find this location on a map, search for "KPH Radio Station" in Inverness and drive the green and windy roads to get to this spot. Pull into the long driveway to get to the small parking lot next to the station building. Get there early enough in the morning and you might be lucky enough to catch the sun rays from the rising sun.

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You will get the most out of this if you go at golden hour, probably on the morning side. Everyone else has said it, but that's also when the light will play through the trees the best.

about 1 month ago
about 1 month ago

This is such a stunning location, but when we visited there were TONS of people here (including someone having their own fashion photoshoot in the middle of the tunnel). Definitely go really early on a weekday or plan on bringing a tripod to do a composite shot.

4 months ago
4 months ago

Definitely worth visiting at sunset. I agree with all of the other reviews about visiting on weekday if at all possible. I was there on a Monday and was virtually the only person for miles around.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The Cypress Tree tunnels is impressive. The Marconi station at the end has a cool history, too.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

Such a beautiful sight to see! It is hard to miss driving up since the cypress trees come out of nowhere! Unfortunately there were many cars parked right at the entrance gate in-between trees, which made photographing the trees facing away from the radio station virtually impossible. I'd definitely recommend heading here on a weekday for sunrise/ sunset to shoot if you don't want much company.

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

This is a great stop, especially if you like taking pictures. Its also on the way to Point Reyes lighthouse which makes the whole trip there even better!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

I arrived early morning when it was still very dark, and was able to catch the sun coming up and slowly burning off heavy fog which made for some wonderful reflections from the sun's rays. Such a gorgeous photography location!! Wonderful photos you have!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The lighting in the tunnel really is perfect. Just have battle the other visitors to get it empty!

over 1 year ago
over 1 year ago

The tunnel is fantastic. I can't believe I drove by it a half-dozen times without stopping. Getting the "godlight" in your photos is all about visiting at the right time of year and at sunset.

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Beautiful spot - went out this weekend. Visit at the golden hour just before sunset - the lighting is so serene. If you have extra time on your hands, check out the shipwreck at Inverness too!

almost 2 years ago
almost 2 years ago

Visited at sunset, great spot with plenty of other photogenic features nearby. The classic down the barrel shot is fun to nab, but there are plenty of other creative possibilities.

about 2 years ago
about 2 years ago

A classic SF area instagram shot. Get there early in the morning or around sunset for the best light.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

It's really a site to see! And since it's one of the few areas with a line of Cypress Trees, which you can see from the highway, it isn't too hard to spot. If you plan to use google maps to get there, make sure you load it in Inverness, because you won't have service once you enter the seashore.

over 2 years ago
over 2 years ago

Lisa Bao

Photographer based out of San Francisco, CA. Focusing on travel and landscapes, my aim is to inspire others to get outside and connect with their own adventures.

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