Photograph the Cypress Tree Tunnel in Point Reyes

Monterey Cypress Tree Tunnel at Point Reyes

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.

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Tripod
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Activities Chillin, Photography
Skill Level Beginner
Season Year Round
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Groups
Handicap Accessible
Scenic

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Unique natural lighting for photographers

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!

So Good!

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

Gorgeous

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.


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