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Photograph the Cypress Tree Tunnel in Point Reyes

Inverness, California

4.3/5
based on 14 reviews

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Added by Lisa Bao

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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Reviews

Parking is just off the road but if you drive a little past the cypress tree tunnel road there’s a pull out. This is also the best place to turn around on sir Francis drake blvd. it’s a quick stop but the photos are cool. The couple times we’ve stopped here, there has always been another group or two. So you may have to wait to get your photos.

We only had to contend with about 10 other people when we were there. I just had my iphone and still got some pretty pictures. Didn't get anything crazy beautiful with lighting, but it was worth it and a pretty sight to see!

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.

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