Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area Guide Book

by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre (Falcon Guides)
Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area  by Tracy Salcedo-Chourre

318pp/maps/photos
ISBN: 0762722134

Point Reyes National Seashore, located just north of San Francisco Bay, and the adjacent Golden Gate National Recreation Area encompass some of the most spectacular landscapes on the West Coast. From the rugged coastline, with its historic lighthouse and far-reaching beaches, to the pasturelands and thick forests that clothe its eastern reaches, the park is a major recreational destination. This comprehensive guide includes detailed information on the natural and cultural history of the area; recreational opportunities, including hiking trails, bicycling trails, sea kayaking and canoeing, and horseback riding; and historical exhibits.

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Trails from the "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area" Guide Book
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... Preview: The birdwatching along twin arms of Abbotts Lagoon is among the best in the national seashore. Relaxing on the remote stretch of the Great Beach at trail’s end ain’t bad either. Abbotts Lagoon is a ha ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: The Coast Trail offers access to a dynamic duo: Alamere Falls, the most spectacular waterfall on the Point Reyes peninsula, and the lofty Double Point Overlook, offering bird’s-eye views of Double Poi ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 8.5
... Preview: This short trail is battery-packed, visiting three separate sets of early twentieth-century fortifications. This loop is perfect for those who want to combine a short hike with the exploration of seve ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Muir Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.8
... Preview: Visit the San Francisco National Cemetery and Mountain Lake on this route through the western reaches of the Presidio. The good, the so-so, and the ugly. The Presidio is a work in progress, and this l ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
San Francisco, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.4
... Preview: The well-loved Bear Valley Trail continues beyond Divide Meadow to Arch Rock, where a clifftop perch affords expansive views of the coast and ocean. On Arch Rock, an open overlook of the Pacific, seag ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.2
... Preview: One of the most popular and accessible routes in the park, the Bear Valley Trail leads through a dense riparian woodland to picturesque Divide Meadow. The journey from the Bear Valley Visitor Center t ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.2
... Preview: Linking the deep forest of Muir Woods with ocean views and rolling meadows, the Ben Johnson Trail is a spectacular challenge for the energetic hiker. The undeniable, and well-deserved, focus of Muir W ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Muir Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: The top of Bolinas Ridge offers bird’s-eye views up and down the San Andreas Rift Zone. The San Andreas Fault displays geometric perfection as it divides the Olema Valley. The bottomlands, angled sout ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 12.5
... Preview: Tracing the eastern bluffs of Creamery Bay, the Bull Point Trail wanders through pasturelands—and the cows that graze them— to expansive views of Drakes Estero and Drakes Bay. The complex dynamic that ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.6
... Preview: Famed for its springtime wildflower blooms, the trail to Chimney Rock also features fabulous views of Drakes Bay and the Pacific Ocean. In spring the trail to Chimney Rock passes through the premier w ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2
... Preview: This pleasant ramble along the seaside bluffs ends in a small meadow on the north shore of pretty Bass Lake. When considering a body of water as a destination at the Point Reyes National Seashore, a l ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 5.8
... Preview: This route serves up an intriguing mix of grand views, challenging terrain, and abandoned military installations. I spend a lot of time alone on the trail, which gives me ample opportunity to muse. Mo ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Muir Beach, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.5
... Preview: The trail at Lands End combines easy hiking with great views of the Golden Gate and the Marin Headlands. Adolph Sutro, wealthy philanthropist and onetime mayor of San Francisco, left his mark on Lands ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
San Francisco, CA - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 4
... Preview: Consider this a battery tour—the trail links fortifications from Battery Chamberlin at Baker Beach to Battery East inside the Golden Gate. The batteries along this stretch of the Coastal Trail general ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
San Francisco, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.6
... Preview: Valley and ridgetop, ocean and bay—the views along this invigorating trail are expansive and unobstructed. This route encompasses rigorous and exposed terrain, climbing steeply from the floor of Tenne ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Mill Valley, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 5.2
... Preview: Paved, flat, and shaded by redwoods, the Cross Marin Trail is perfect for a family outing. The riparian habitat that flourishes along Lagunitas Creek envelopes the northern reaches of the Cross Marin ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: These relatively little-used trails feature views that extend out over Drakes Bay and the Point Reyes headlands, and an exploreresque wilderness feel. This loop distinguishes itself in two ways. It fe ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 4.9
... Preview: The volatile geology of the Point Reyes peninsula is illustrated along this short, paved interpretive trail. In 1906 the San Andreas Fault snapped, unleashing an earthquake of legendary power. The inf ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 0.6
... Preview: This scenic passage takes you through the woods to a superb viewpoint and down a historic lane bordered by picturesque military housing. Winding through the southeastern corner of the Presidio, the Ec ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
San Francisco, CA - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.3
... Preview: Towering almost 150 feet above the narrow strip of water separating the Limantour Spit from the mainland, Drakes Head offers absolutely awesome views of the sweeping arc of Drakes Bay. From the crest ... From the guidebook "Exploring Point Reyes National Seashore and Golden Gate National Recreation Area"
Olema, CA - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 8.8