Estero Trail

Point Reyes National Seashore, California

Elevation Gain3,052ft
Trailhead Elevation150ft
Elevation Min/Max4/369ft
Elevation Start/End150/150ft

Estero Trail

Estero Trail is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Marin County, California. It is within Point Reyes National Seashore and Phillip Burton Wilderness Area. It is 10.5 miles long and begins at 150 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 18.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 3,052 feet. Near the trailhead there are an information map, a waste basket, restroom, parking, and a picnic site. Along the trail there is a coastline. This trail connects with the following: Sunset Beach Trail, Drakes Head Trail, Glenbrook Trail, White Gate Trail and Muddy Hollow Trail.

Estero Trail Professional Guides

Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Marin: 141 Great Hikes in Marin County (Marin Press LLC)
Don & Kay Martin
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"This is an out and back hike through rolling pastureland to the best viewpoint on Point Reyes. A good hike to see birds and mammals. Trail may be closed at bridge."
Point Reyes: The Complete Guide to the National Seashore and Surrounding Area (Wilderness Press)
Jessica Lage
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"Excellent bird-watching in the estero, the largest harbor seal breeding colony at Point Reyes, abundant iris in the spring, and outstanding views from Drakes Head make this a great all-around hike or bike ride. The trail leads over gently rolling moors above Home Bay on Drakes Estero and then crosses open pastureland to reach Drakes Head. You’re in grazing country here—outside of the seashore’s designated wilderness area—so in addition to the wildlife, you’ll see plenty of patches of cow dung, but the view from Drakes Head is well worth it."

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Trail Information

Point Reyes National Seashore
Nearby City
Phillip Burton Wilderness Area
Point Reyes National Seashore
Local Contacts
USGS Drakes Bay; Point Reyes National Seashore Map; Tom Harrison Point Reyes National Seashore Map
Local Maps

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