Limantour Dunes

Olema, California

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This is one of the most easily accessed trails for a coastal experience in Point Reyes. This hike is a triple-header showcasing Point Reyes National Seashore’s phenomenal Limantour Beach, pristine sand dunes, and awe-inspiring estuary. Point Reyes National Seashore’s 71,000-acre park is steeped in history beginning with the geological forces that shaped the land millions of years ago. Movement of the tectonic plates along the San Andreas Fault has shifted the Point Reyes Peninsula northward from the southernmost Sierra Nevada in the Tehachapi Mountains 350 miles south. The most recent dramatic surge occurred during the 1906 earthquake. The jolt moved Point Reyes 20 feet northwestward. There’s an Earthquake Trail near the Bear Valley Visitor Center on the way to Limantour Beach.
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by Linda and David Mullally (Falcon Guides)

This is one of the most easily accessed trails for a coastal experience in Point Reyes. This hike is a triple-header showcasing Point Reyes National Seashore’s phenomenal Limantour Beach, pristine sand dunes, and awe-inspiring estuary. Point Reyes National Seashore’s 71,000-acre park is steeped in history beginning with the geological forces that shaped the land millions of years ago.

Movement of the tectonic plates along the San Andreas Fault has shifted the Point Reyes Peninsula northward from the southernmost Sierra Nevada in the Tehachapi Mountains 350
miles south. The most recent dramatic surge occurred during the 1906 earthquake. The jolt moved Point Reyes 20 feet northwestward. There’s an Earthquake Trail near the Bear Valley Visitor Center on the way to Limantour Beach.

© 2017 Linda and David Mullally/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding
Nearby City: Olema
Distance: 2.0
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 1 hour
Season: Year-round
Trailhead Elevation: 46 feet
Top Elevation: 46 feet
Accessibility: Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Golden Gate National Recreation Area, 201 Fort Mason, San Francisco 94123-0022; (415) 561-4700 or (415) 426-5240; nps.gov/goga
Driving Directions: Directions to Limantour Dunes

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